It's that time of the year again. With fall fast approaching, it can be easy to get caught up in the cool weather and holiday decorations. Families of all shapes and sizes are coming together. Fresh cider and pumpkin pies await.
We smile just thinking about it and you probably are too. To make sure that none of this gets ruined by unwelcome guests, let’s run through our Top Fall Pest Control Tips.
Double Check your Decorations
The scarecrows, plastic squash, and Halloween decorations may have been sitting in storage all year, but that doesn't mean they can’t be scary for all the wrong reasons. Give them a quick once over before placing them outside and definitely check them thoroughly before bringing them back in. If they've been sitting outside for weeks, who knows what may have found its way on or in them?
Toss the Squash
Carving pumpkins and putting squash on your front porch is just what you do in the fall. There's no doubt about that. But when the pumpkins go bad, get rid of them, along with real squash, fruit, and any other potential pest feasts on your porch or near your home.
Rotting fruits and vegetables will bring a variety of bugs and animals to your yard and home. Many carry diseases that could hurt your family or pets! Avoid the risk and toss anything that may be considered an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Careful with the Firewood
If you’re fortunate enough to have a wood-burning fireplace, then you know how cozy a good fire can be after a long day of rain. But don’t let the promise of a warm fire distract you from effective pest prevention!
Store all firewood at least 20 feet away from your house. Only bring inside what you’re going to use that night. It sounds like a hassle, but it's worth it. The last thing you want is to be literally carrying bugs into your home.
Let’s do everything we can to make sure wood-eating insects and other pests aren’t enjoying the fire with us.
Clean Up the Leaves
While Humboldt County may not have as many deciduous trees as we'd like, raking and properly disposing of leaves and other yard debris is important to preventing pests! Debris piles can provide nice homes for rodents of all sizes while the moist dark environment can be a breeding ground for all sorts of creepy crawlies.
You never know what's lurking on the bottom of leaves or tree branches. So let's not find out the hard way.
Weatherproof Doors and Windows
Keep the rain and pests out of your home by placing weather-proofing strips along your doors, windows, and any other entrances you may have. If rain can’t get into your home, then the bugs can’t either.
And while you’re at it, check all of your window and door screens for holes or tears. It may be fall, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have random days of warm weather. A damaged screen could leave your home and family wide open to infestations. It only takes one little tear.
Properly Store and Clean up Food
As temperatures drop, pests will seek shelter in any warm place they can find. Whether to take shelter or sleep or hibernate for the winter, your home will be tempting. And if there is food left out on the counter or in a pantry, you're lighting a "Vacancy" sign for critters with any number of legs.
Cleaning up after dinner and storing leftovers properly in sealed containers will go a long way in discouraging insects and rodents from moving in. Make sure all trashcans are secure as well. You don't want to give pests any room to weasel their way into your home and live with your loved ones.
Walk through and around the House
Check your basements, attics and crawl spaces for any entry points for possible pests. Doing this regularly is the best prevention. Inside and outside, look for cracks and crevices that bugs and animals may use to sneak inside your home. Seal any entrances you find.
Remember, mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime. Most insects find entry points you wouldn't dream of. But with a careful eye, you should be able to keep watch.
Enjoy the Season!
With all the fall festivities it can be easy to get caught up in the fun and forget pest prevention. With winter coming, how many of them can still be around?
That’s exactly why you have to be alert. With temperatures cooling off, this is the time that most pests start looking at your home as theirs. If you aren’t careful, you may be inviting them to join all the fun.
If you really want to make sure that you’re doing everything to protect your home from any problems that may occur, please reach out and contact us! This is the time to be winding down and letting go, not worrying about keeping your home and loved ones safe.
So rest easy. We're on the job.