In the summer, homeowners spend a lot of time battling a multitude of insects and spiders in their backyards. Once fall arrives, the fight against bugs on our properties continues; unfortunately, now the battle takes place inside the home. As the outside temperatures begin to get colder, many insects and spiders go into survival mode. They begin seeking shelter, warmth, and safety from the harsh weather conditions before their entire population is wiped out. Your house could quickly become their next habitat where they feed, nest, and breed indoors, waiting out the elements until the spring thaw. This makes fall pest control an important addition to any fall to-do list.
Don’t roll out the welcome mat to insects and spiders this fall.
Here are four easy fall pest control tips to keep nasty perimeter pests where they belong:
Maintain Your Lawn
Many homeowners stop caring for their lawns as soon as summer ends. Unfortunately, pests adore unmaintained yards and gardens. These bugs seek both food and cover under rotting piles of leaves and debris. Slowly, they creep towards your home as the season progresses. Mowing the grass, raking fallen leaves, and maintaining the lawn can eliminate the risk of critters nesting on your property throughout autumn.
Clear Your Gutters
Much like the lawn, your gutters can also collect organic debris throughout the fall. Pests love to seek shelter nest in the wads of wet dead leaves and dirt that accumulate in your gutters. Being attached to your home, if bugs are living inside your gutters, it’s only a matter of time before they make their way inside. Clean out your perimeter drains and downspouts to instantly reduce the chance of a pest infestation.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
If bugs do make their way inside your home, it’s crucial to eliminate any possible food sources. A cluttered and messy kitchen is a haven for these crawling scavengers, as they forage for grub inside your house. Get rid of uncovered bowls of fruit, vegetables, and any other foods you may have stored on your countertops. Additionally, wipe down all of your kitchen surfaces after preparing and eating a meal. Make sure dirty dishes are never in the sink for a prolonged period of time. Eliminating access to food can significantly reduce the chance of an interior pest infestation.
Secure Your Perimeter
The best way to eliminate the risk of bugs getting into your home is to partner with a company that offers professional perimeter pest control services. An experienced pest control specialist will carefully inspect your house for any cracks and unnecessary openings around the structure that may serve as an entry point for these bugs. Once any openings have been filled, a professional pest control technician will apply an odorless barrier that repels pests around your perimeter, effectively forcing these creepy crawlers to find another refuge from Mother Nature this fall and winter.
Don’t let insects and spiders make your home their favorite fall and winter resort. Let Lawn Rx’s team of experienced pest control specialists help safeguard your property and keep these creepy crawlers outside where they belong. Contact us today for a free fall pest control consultation.