10 Tips to Pest-Proof Your Home This Fall
You’re not the only one who wants to stay indoors when the temperatures begin to drop outside! Every fall here in British Columbia, we see a spike in pest infestations. This is because pests such as rats, mice, roaches, and spiders begin to prepare for the cold months ahead. These pests will gladly take up residence in your warm home, in which there is endless access to food, shelter, and water. No one wants pests hunkering down with them this fall or winter, making it important to learn how you can keep these pests outside. Read on for OnSite’s top fall pest-proofing tips to try out.
Seasonal Pest Control Tips
Pests like cockroaches and rodents aren’t just a nuisance—they can be dangerous, too! Some of our top tips to pest-proof your home before the fall and winter months ahead are as follows.
- Install screens in multiple places: attic vents, chimney openings, mail slots, animal doors, etc.
- Pests are drawn to areas with a lot of moisture. Ensure your basements, attics, and crawl spaces are well ventilated and dry. Consider using a dehumidifier in moisture-filled areas.
- Inspect the perimeter of your home and seal any cracks or crevices using caulk and steel wool. Pay special attention to areas where utility pipes enter.
- Regularly clean your home. Wipe down your kitchen counters, store food in sealed containers, and use a trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Crumbs and accessible garbage will draw pests of all types.
- Store all firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and keep your yard clean and tidy. Trim back trees and shrubs that are too close to the home.
- Inspect items before bringing them inside. This includes boxes of your seasonal decorations, grocery bags, package deliveries, and more. The last thing you want is to carry pests inside.
- Inspect and possibly replace weather-stripping. Also repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows. These are easy ways to keep not only pests, but also cold air out of the house.
- Pick up your pets’ food dishes after they’re done eating. Pet food left out on the floor, in the garage, or even outdoors is an easy target for insects and rodents alike.
- Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens. Torn window screens and cracks under doors are an ideal entry point for household pests. Opening a window without a screen is a sure way to invite the pests right in.
- Ensure your drainage system is functioning properly. Install gutters or repair your existing system to help draw water away from the home. Also fix or replace any leaky pipes contributing to moisture issues inside.
Need Help Pest-Proofing Your Home?
This time of year, you likely have a lot on your mind. OnSite Pest Control is happy to help safeguard your home against pest problems in the coming months. Contact our residential exterminators today!
10 Tips to Pest-Proof Your Home This Fall in Vancouver BC
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