As the days get shorter and falling temperatures force people to become more of a homebody, many fall pests will have the same idea of making your house a home. Pest, such as rodents, squirrels, cockroaches, and spiders may try to find their way inside your home to escape the coming chill, bringing with them a number of health risks.
One of the best ways to get homes ready for the fall and winter months is to conduct a simple check of your house and perform any necessary maintenance to keep fall pests out.
Proactive and vigilant fall pest-proofing is crucial in preventing pests from coming indoors.
Besides being a nuisance and irksome, these pests can also pose serious risks — rodents spread diseases such as Salmonella, contaminate food and can damage drywall and electrical wires throughout a home. Cockroaches trigger allergies and asthma, especially in children, and some species of spiders may bite if their hiding spot is discovered.
For some simple, yet effective rodent control tips to tackle before Old Man Winter blows in.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends these pest-proofing tips for the fall season:
- Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
- Eliminate moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention where utility pipes enter the structure.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
- Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens.
- Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.