It’s Hot Now – But Not For Long
Here we are in September and the first official day of Fall is 3 short weeks away. Personally, I am very happy. I have had enough of the hot, humid weather and I am very much looking forward to crisp, cool temperatures. Fall is my absolute favorite season! Unfortunately pests don’t share my affinity for the cooling temps. They are going to be looking for ways to get into your home and make it their own. To them, your cozy house is a warm oasis from the harsh Winter, a year round Summer paradise.
Although the temperatures are still quite high, now is the time to begin making sure that your home is ready for the change in season. Making sure that it is both energy efficient and secure against pests. One of Winter’s major intruders is mice. These little guys are looking for a warm place to build their nests and find food. A few common ways they get into your home is through an attached garage, around plumbing and electrical wiring leading into your home and cracks in windows and doors. You may also see ants, spiders and other ground crawling insects.
6 steps to help protect your home from pests seeking winter shelter
- Clean out gutters and downspouts. The debris can provide a habitat for bugs.
- Store firewood outside and away from your house.
- Remove autumn leaves that collect against the house and porch.
- Replace screens with storm windows. If you leave your screens in year-round, make sure there are no holes or openings.
- Inspect around your foundation, doors and windows. Seal cracks and crevices with caulk or concrete. You can use steel wool in holes.
- Be sure to store bird seed, dog food and items like this in sealed plastic containers, especially if you keep them in the garage.
- Consider a preventative pest control treatment. This can be done around the outside perimeter of your home to create a barrier against pests.
Before you know it we will be shoveling snow – make sure your home is protected from the pests looking for a warm retreat. Contact Rapid Pest Solutions for questions or scheduling. We look forward to working with you!