How to Prevent Pests from Coming Indoors

Once the leaves start turning color, the air turns crisp and the temperature starts dropping, fall aficianados tend to enjoy their favorite season by cozying up in our warm, comfortable houses. Unfortunately, insects,racoon in tash rodents and other pests have the same appreciation for warm, dry surroundings, and would like nothing more than to move in and share your accommodations. To avoid sharing your home with unwanted critters, preventative pest-fighting strategies are in order.

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Who is sneaking in?

While it is pretty easy to identify small invaders such as ants marching across your kitchen counter, or larger invaders such as garbage can-thieving raccoons, it’s not always easy to tell what some pests are. Taking a picture of the invading insect will help you locate it on PestWorld.org. Once you know what you are dealing with, it will be easier to figure out how to evict your unwanted guests.

For many homes, when the seasons change, the most common pests seeking refuge from the outdoors are rodents, spiders and cockroaches. Fall pest-proofing can play an important role in keeping those pests from making themselves comfortable in your home.

  • Rodents can carry diseases such as Hantavirus and Salmonella, and can cause structural and property damage, including fires, by chewing through electrical wires and nesting in insulation.
  • Cockroaches’ saliva and droppings can trigger asthma attacks, particularly in young children.
  • Many spiders, including brown recluse spiders, will deliver a painful bite if disturbed or threatened.

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When the weather cools down, and your warm home becomes inviting, your best bet is to be proactive to prevent pests from coming indoors by performing some simple household tasks:

  • Repair damaged screens and install door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  • Cover vents and openings to chimneys with screens.
  • To discourage rodents, store food in airtight containers and dispose of properly sealed garbage regularly. Remove and relocate any wandering “scouts”, before they invite their family to settle in. HavaHart.com offers cruelty-free catch-and-release traps.
  • Replace weather stripping around your basement foundation and windows.
  • Fix any moisture problems, such as leaking pipes and clogged drains. Look for a reputable plumber on Angieslist.com or ask friends and family for referrals.
  • If you suspect a serious pest infestation in your house, contact a professional pest control specialist to identify and treat the problem.

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Focus on windows and doors

Because these are the most likely entry points for pests, make sure your screens are tear-free, and seal around your window and door frames with caulking or foam. For commercial businesses and offices, you may want to consider renting a scissorlift from SunbeltRentals.com to reach the upper floor windows. Remember that plants and shrubs are a haven for insects and rodents, so keep plants a few feet away from your home, and store firewood at least 20 feet away.

By eliminating easy access to pests, you can enjoy watching the colorful leaves falling from inside your warm home – without having to share it with uninvited intruders.

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Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 866-263-WILD or 729-2103.

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