15 Easy Ways to Prevent Pest Invasions this Fall

15 Easy Ways to Prevent Pest Invasions this Fall

While we’re enjoying more time outdoors this fall, pests and wildlife are making their way indoors looking for warmth and shelter to survive the winter. Here are 15 easy ways prevent a pest invasion this fall:

1. Thoroughly inspect your home for gaps around windows and doors and fix any areas in need of repair

2. Wildlife commonly enter your home through the attic which you can help to prevent by screening attic vents and chimney openings

3. Eliminate excess moisture by fixing leaking pipes and correcting drainage issues

4. Keep gutters cleaned and clear of debris

5. Seal any crack and crevices around your home’s exterior with caulk and steel wool, especially around utility pipes

6. Install door sweeps on any exterior doors and replace window & door screens that have been damaged

7. Keep a clean home – wipe up spills immediately, don’t leave food out, store leftovers in sealed containers, and take the garbage out daily

8. Store garbage in sealed receptacles away from your home’s exterior

9. Don’t leave pet food out, inside or outside your home

10. Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around basement foundation and windows

11. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home’s exterior

12. Keep shrubbery and trees trimmed

13. Avoid bringing in boxes or storage containers into your home; instead, go through them outside and bring in what you need after inspecting the items for pests

14. Use yellow bug lights around exterior doors; while they don’t deter bugs, they also don’t attract them like standard white light bulbs

15. Pest control and wildlife control from a professional exterminator – preventative treatments, usually on a quarterly basis, are the best way to eliminate current pest problems and prevent future infestations

5 Ways to Prevent Pests in your Apartment

5 Ways to Prevent Pests in your Apartment

Apartment living often comes with its own pest control challenges. Here are 5 ways you prevent pests from entering or infesting your apartment.

1. Eliminate Food Sources

Pests will continue to thrive in areas where food is readily available (especially roaches and ants, common in apartment buildings). Store food in sealed containers, clear dirty dishes, keep counters, appliances, and floors clean, and take out garbage daily.

2. Eliminate Moisture

Like food, most common household pests need moisture to survive. Routinely check for leaks around your home and notify management so they can correct any issues.

3. Remove Clutter

Some pests, like spiders, like to hide it dark, undisturbed areas. Eliminating clutter reduces pest harborage sites and prevent reproduction. Keep pantries, cabinets and closets organized, avoid accumulating piles of clothing by using baskets and hampers, and remove any magazines, newspapers, stacks of paper, and boxes from your home when you’re done with them.

4. Seal Cracks & Crevices

If you see gaps, holes, or cracks around windows, doors, or plumbing pipes, contact management to repair them. These make excellent entry points for pests.

5. Professional Pest Control

Even if you’re taking all of the preventative measures above, you may still see pests in your apartment since your home’s walls are shared with other residents. Request pest control from management; most likely they have an exterminator on call that services the community. It’s also a good idea to have the apartment homes around you treated to ensure the pests don’t move to a nearby location.


6 Tips to Prevent Pests this Fall

6 Tips to Prevent Pests this Fall

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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