If unwanted pests are waging war on your house, it’s time to fight back. We’ll give you fall pests tips on how to close the entryways that let pests in. Also how to evict them if they manage to get past your defenses.
Tips & Advice for Inside Your Home
- Screen attic vents and opening to chimneys. Also, mail slots and pet doors may be exposed to pests.
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces ventilated and dry. Moisture ants are attracted to moist areas in your home. Moreover, using a dehumidifier in basements and garages will help keep these areas dry.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention to where utility pipes enter the home.
- Keep your kitchen counters clean. Store food in airtight containers and take the garbage out regularly. Crumbs and a build up of garbage attract ants and rodents scrounging for food.
- Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows. Not only are these easy ways to keep out pests but also cold air out of the house. Great way to spend less on your heating bill!
- Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens. Torn window screens and cracks under doors are an ideal entry point for pests. When you open your door, you could be letting in more than just fresh air!
- Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods of time. Pests don’t discriminate between people food and cat food. If you leave your pet’s food sitting out, you are only enticing the insects and rodents to come in to your home.
Did you know mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime?
Tips & Advice for Outside Your Home
- Inspect items such as boxes of decorations, package deliveries and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Pests can find creative ways to get inside your home.
- Store firewood at lease 20 feet away from your home and trim back your plants and trees. Removing areas where pests can hide near your home can reduce the chance of them finding a way in.
- Have a proper outdoor drainage system. Installing gutters or repairing an existing system will help draw water and moisture away from your home. Ultimately, preventing any leaks or build up that might attract pests.
The best way to protect your home and prevent any type of pest infestation during the winter is to follow these pest control tips in the fall when the temperature begins to drop.
If you have a pest infestation, give us a call. Our Burnaby pest control technicians, Richmond pest control technicians, Coquitlam pest control technicians and North Shore pest control technicians are trained and certified to perform humane rodent removal service for our clients!