Fall is around the corner and that means rodents and insects are on the move in search of a warm place to sleep and breed this winter. If you aren’t careful, your house could turn into a hotel for unwanted visitors. Follow these fall pest control tips from TruGreen to ensure your house remains a pest-free zone.
If you think you have rodents scurrying around your house, then set out some traps to make them feel unwelcomed. Make sure the bait in the trap is the only available food source or else this won’t work.
Implement scent and ultrasonic repellents to make your home as uncomfortable for them as possible. Don’t leave opened food like chips or cereals out. Instead, food should be stored in a resealable bag or plastic container to keep from attracting kitchen pests.
Keeping your home clean is the best way to make your home unattractive to pests.
Vacuum at least once a week to pick up crumbs and any stray insects that may be hiding there like ants or ticks, and make sure your trash bins are covered.
Leaky roofs and pipes are attractive to pests such as cockroaches, carpenter ants, and termites. Be sure to inspect your attic and basement for any damp places that could harbor these insects and make any necessary repairs. Wood-boring insects can cause detrimental damage to the structure of your house.
Pests will try anything to get into your house and even the smallest, unassuming crack can be an entryway for tiny insects. A fall pest control technique is to check your house from top to bottom.
It’s normal for leaves and debris to accumulate on your lawn in the fall but it’s also normal for pests to live in these debris piles unless you clean them up. A fall pest control tip is to make sure leaf piles are cleaned up or at least moved away from your house. If you store bird seed in your garage make sure they are stored in metal containers, chipmunks and squirrels can easily chew threw plastic. Move firewood at least 20 feet away from your house and only bring it inside if you plan on burning it immediately. Never store wood that was outside, inside.
Rodents and pests will think twice if they know there’s a large cat or dog on the prowl. On the other hand, pets can also bring unwanted pests inside. Dogs and cats can carry fleas and ticks inside which can lead to an infestation. Cats are also known to bring in live mice, squirrels, rabbits and letting them go inside your home.
If you want to make sure your home is protected from pests this year then call the pros at TruGreen Midsouth. We offer a comprehensive pest control program designed to keep your home and family safe year-round.