As the weather starts to cool off and we begin to spend more time indoors, pests start to look for new places to live. In particular, pests like spiders, mice, rats and roaches are among the critters looking for a warm place (like your home) to spend the colder months. Here are some tips to pest-proof your home for fall and keep pests out:
1. Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
This will help seal the gaps around the bottom of the door where pests can enter and sweep them back out if they try.
2. Repair any damaged screens on windows and doors.
This will prevent insects and other small pests from getting inside. Damaged screens are a welcome sign for fall pests.
3. Replace any worn weather-stripping around doors and windows.
This will create a better seal and make it harder for pests to get inside.
4. Seal any cracks or crevices around the outside of your home with steel wool and caulk.
This will close up any openings that pests could use to enter your home. Pay particular attention to areas around pipes going to the outside. A mouse can enter through an opening the size of a dime.
5. Install screens on all attic vents and chimneys.
This will keep out animals such as bats, raccoons, squirrels and birds that might try to nest inside your attic.
6. Store food in air-tight containers.
This will prevent insects and rodents from getting to your food. Food is a lure for fall pests, don’t give them an open invitation.
7. Keep kitchen counters and floors clean.
Wipe up spills promptly and sweep or vacuum regularly. This will remove any food sources that pests could be attracted to on your countertops or floors. Clean up crumbs and food debris right away.
8. Take out the trash often and keep it in sealed bins.
This will reduce the chances of attracting pests into your home.
9. Repair any mortar around windows and doors.
This will fill in any gaps that might let pests inside through these entry points.
10. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
This will prevent insects and rodents from using it to get into your home. Pests are also drawn to wood piles as shelter and can transfer from the wood pile into your house if given the opportunity.
By following these tips, you can pest-proof your home this fall and keep pests out. It’s best to tackle this list now while the weather is still warm so you can ensure your home is prepped and ready to prevent pests when the colder winds come blowing in. If you have an issue with pests in your home, call The Pest Force!