Fall Pest Control Tactics

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One More Thing On Your Fall Checklist

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. Autumn is when the weather cools down, the leaves begin to change, and there are many activities to take advantage of. Hayrides, pumpkin picking, and Halloween costume shopping are on many people's to-do lists as the fall season quickly approaches. However, one thing that most people don't consider as an essential item on their end of the summer checklist is pest control.

Unwanted House Guests 

As the summer ends and freezing temperatures are on the horizon, many types of pests find warm residences to spend the upcoming cold months in. When you turn your heat on for the first time, your home may look like the perfect spot for some of the pests that the SDSU Extension lists as insects that prefer to spend their winters indoors, including flies, ladybugs, mosquitos, millipedes, and spiders. Unfortunately, unwelcome visitors are not limited to these tiny bugs. Vermin, such as mice, could also take up residence in your home to prepare for the long winter ahead. So that you don't have to share your master bedroom or, worse, your kitchen with a host of insects and vermin, there are steps you can take to prevent or remove these fall invaders.

What Can You Do?

The University of Tennessee produces an informational packet with steps that every homeowner can take to try to get rid of unwanted pests. Keeping your home clean by ensuring there is no food or stagnant water can encourage pests to leave because they need these things to survive. Even the smallest crumb can be a feast for a small insect, so sweeping or vacuuming regularly is important. There are also preventative measures that you can take, such as cleaning up your landscaping and sealing any cracks outside your home where pests could get in. 

Save It For The Professionals

While DIY methods might work for some pest problems, bigger issues may require a call to your local pest control company. Professional pest control specialists often have special training, licenses, and knowledge of common pests in your area. They may also have access to a broader range of chemicals or tools to ensure that your unique situation is handled appropriately. When looking for an exterminator in your area, the National Pest Management Association recommends getting bids from multiple local professionals to ensure that you get a fair price on any services that you may need. While it is not the most exciting fall activity on your to-do list, considering proper pest control measures that need to be taken around your home can save you a big headache down the road.


30 July 2020