Fall Pest Prevention: Protect Your Home From Overwintering Insects
- November 25, 2019
Insects, like most of us, can’t stand the cold. So when the temperatures start dropping in the fall, these creepy crawlies start looking for their winter home. Somewhere warm, with plenty of food and water, to hole-up in for the winter. Your home is the perfect place. Here are a few fall pest prevention techniques to ensure the fall pests stay where they belong, outside.
The first step to fall pest prevention is to make your home as inhospitable to pests as possible. For insects, the three things they’ll be looking for are warmth, water, and food. There’s not much we can do about the warmth, but we can definitely eliminate their sources of water and food.
Some familiar pests, like millipedes, centipedes, and cockroaches, thrive in areas with excess moisture. They can typically be found in damp, dark areas of your house, like in the basement or under the sink. Reducing excess moisture in and around your home will turn your home into a virtual desert for thirsty pests.
Inside, you should fix any leaky faucets and pipes around your home. If your basement is damp and dark, then it’s a good idea to start using a dehumidifier. Outside, make sure there aren’t any damp piles of leaves or mulch up against your home. If there are, then remove them as these are a perfect hiding place for moisture-loving pests. Reduce water runoff in your yard and follow watering best practices by only watering your lawn in the morning, giving it enough time throughout the day for excess water to evaporate away.
After you take care of any excess moisture in and around your home, it’s time to deal with the food supply. Insects, like ants and cockroaches, are opportunistic creatures, always looking for an easy meal. Crumbs, pet food, and food that has been left out are common meals for fall pests. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to reduce and eliminate their potential food source.
Start by cleaning up around the kitchen. Sweep up any crumbs and spills and make sure you take out your garbage every day, putting it into a sealed container away from any entrances. Next, you’ll need to properly seal your food. Utilize plastic food storage containers and plastic bags, to eliminate any possibility for pests to get a free meal. Finally, try not to leave pet food out overnight. Keep it in a sealed container until it’s time to feed your pets.
Insects are pretty small, making it easy for them to take advantage of even the smallest opening to get into your home this fall. It’s not uncommon to see hordes of Asian lady beetles, box elder bugs, or stink bugs congregating around windows and doors in the fall. If there are any vulnerabilities, then you could have a pretty big pest problem. Sealing off your home to the oncoming fall pests will help you reduce the possibility of an infestation.
Check around the foundation of your home and repair any cracks or holes. It’s also common to find gaps around plumbing and electrical lines. Seal everything! Next, check your doors and windows. If there are gaps, then caulk them up. It’s also a good idea to replace weatherstripping if it needs to be replaced. If you have window screens, then make sure there aren’t any holes in them. If there are, then repair or replace them.
The best way to keep pests like spiders, millipedes, and ants out of your home this fall it to invest in perimeter pest control. Here at 4-Evergreen, our perimeter pest control services will help create a barrier around your home, helping prevent fall pests from getting into your home.
No one wants to share their home with these creepy crawlies. Give us a call at (731) 264-0088 or request a free pest control estimate here. For the latest tips and tricks in all things lawn care, check out our Lawn & Landscape Guide.