Fall Pest Control & Prevention Tips
Summer is the time of year when insects, rodents, and other pests make the lives of both homeowners and business owners miserable. It seems like it’s a never-ending battle keeping these critters out of the home or office throughout summer’s hot and humid months. It’s all they can do to keep up the good fight until fall finally comes back because in the fall, pest problems magically go away, right?
Wrong! The truth is bugs and rodents want to come indoors even more so in the fall because they want to escape the oncoming cold weather. This is especially the case with insects like termites and carpenter ants, which seek to burrow into your structure’s walls and wood support beams and framing during this time of year.
Fall is no time to ease up on the war against pests. Here are a few fall pest control tips from JP McHale that will help protect your home or facility from unwanted invaders throughout fall and winter.
Seal Your Windows
If you haven’t caulked your windows in a while, take the time to check them this fall. If there are pieces of caulk missing or the caulk that is there is brittle and cracking, remove the old caulk and apply a fresh bead around your windows to improve the seal. Do this on the inside and outside of the window. This will help seal the windows so bugs will keep out.
Seal Openings Around the Structure
Walk around the exterior of your home, office, or facility and look for any openings or cracks where bugs might find a way in. Common spots include gaps around where gas lines enter the building, around dryer vents, and outdoor faucets. If you find openings, seal them with expandable foam insulation. You can also use copper mesh and cement, or if the gap is small, you can fill it up with silicone caulk.
Install a Chimney Cap and Wire Mesh Your Attic Vents
If you have a chimney and/or attic vents, birds, bats, and other pests could use these access points to get inside the home. Installing a chimney cap will keep pests out of your chimney and installing wire mesh on the inside of your attic vents will prevent your attic from becoming a bat cave this winter.
Repair Torn Window and Door Screens
All it takes is a tiny rip in a window or door screen to allow unlimited access to your home by flies, fruit flies, and a host of other pests this fall. Therefore, you will want to mend any ripped portions or, if necessary, replace the entire screen.
Inspect Your Yard or Facility Grounds for Pest-Friendly Environments
If you have woodpiles near the house or a few shrubs or trees that have grown a little out of control this summer to the point that they’re touching the structure, then these areas make for prime pest-friendly environments. And, because they’re so close to your home or facility, it’s nothing for pests to gravitate inside when the weather turns colder. Take a weekend and walk around your yard or around your facility and look for potential problems like these and then take the steps necessary to fix them. Cut back the shrubs, prune tree limbs, move the woodpiles, and make the area around your home or facility clean and tidy.
Need Professional Help? Call JP McHale Today!
Sometimes, doing your due diligence around the home or your business office or facility just isn’t enough to keep determined bugs and pests out. In cases like these, professional pest prevention needs to be administered. At JP McHale, we work diligently to ensure your home or facility remains free of insects and rodents all year long. We have fall pest control solutions that not only get rid of existing infestations but prevents them from ever coming back.