As the season changes to Fall, the weather cools down and gives us much needed relief from the hot summer. This is also the season of home pest invasions. Pests and rodents are looking for a warm place with food and shelter and your home or business may be the target. Here’s 6 things you can do at home to prevent pests from becoming part of the family this Fall.

1. Close any openings around your home.

Attic and crawl space vents should be properly screened, as well as chimney openings. This is a common entry points for wildlife and pest nuisances, like squirrels and mice.

2. Eliminate moisture.

Pests need water to survive just like people do. Correct leaking pipes and clogged drains to avoid excess areas of moisture, which will attract pests.

3. Seal cracks and crevices.

Using caulk and/or steel wool, seal any openings around your home, especially around utility pipes.

4. Keep food and trash concealed.

Making food and trash available to pests and rodents gives them steady food supply. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in bins that have lids.

5. Keep wood and debris away from your home’s exterior.

Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed to eliminate potential hiding spots for pests and wildlife.

6. Eliminate entry points around doors and windows.

Install door sweeps on any exterior doors to close any gaps for pests to come through. Repair damaged screens or replace missing ones. This creates an extra barrier around windows to help keep pests out.

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