How to Pest-Proof Your Home This Fall
Pests and bugs have the same general idea as you: with the weather getting cooler, it’s time to spend more time indoors. As rodents and insects begin to get frustrated with their cold homes and decide to pack their bags, these refugees are looking for any tiny cracks that will allow them into a new, warm home. It doesn’t take long for these pests to get cozy, invite their friends and family, and to begin having families of their own. Within a matter of days, you can have a full infestation, all because of a small hole that these clever critters were able to find. Here at B.O.G. Pest Control, we want to provide some useful tips on how to pest-proof your home so you’ll be pest-free during the fall and winter months.
Evaluate Your Foundation
Mice are one of the most common pests during the winter. They can fit into a hole the size of a dime, so no crack in your foundation should go untreated. Walk around the perimeter of your home at night, and try to see if you notice any light spilling through a crack, or if you can feel any warm air escaping into the chilly evening. Stuff these cracks with steel wool or copper mesh, and then apply caulk or foam to hold this in place. The copper mesh or steel wool will stop rodents that can chew through the foam or caulk, but not copper or steel.
Check Windows and Doors
Most insects can get through a tiny hole in a screen. Inspect all of your screens and either buy repair kits for any holes that you may find or replace the screens completely. Door sweeps and weather-stripping are good preventive measures, so use them anywhere you can. Also, look around your window and door frames to see if there are any holes that you can seal up to keep the bugs out.
Fix Leaky Faucets
Like us, insects need water to survive, and the most common source of water in your home for these pests is a dripping faucet. Spiders, rodents, and roaches all love hanging around the leaky faucet that you might not even be aware of.
In a Word: Clean
Although this may not be the most luxurious part of your day, you should take a few minutes every day to clean. Take out the garbage, wipe down counters, sweep, put food away, and make sure there’s no pet food lying around. These are all a source of odor, and potential food for unwanted pests.
Keep in mind that there are also measures you can take outside to better protect your home. Having a bat house in your backyard is an easy way to cut down on the population of wasps, flies, spiders, and mosquitoes. These bat houses are inexpensive, and because bats are active at night, you’ll hardly ever notice them. You should also try to maintain a clean yard. Bugs like to congregate below:
- grass clippings
- compost piles
- decaying leaves
Cleaning up these items can keep pests from nesting in your yard, which will make it more difficult for them to find a way into your house.
If you’ve attempted some DIY pest protection but are still playing host to an infestation or simply don’t have the time, it’s time to get professionals involved. Here at B.O.G. Pest Control, we offer a variety of packages for pest control in Maryland that can get rid of a current infestation and prevent future pests from entering your home. To help you get started on your path to a pest-free home, request a free quote! Our team can give you more information on how we can help keep pests out for good!