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Prep Your Home for Fall Weather and Fall Pests

Fall is just around the corner, which means leaves are changing colors, temperatures are cooling down, and we’re swapping out the home decor. However, there are some unpleasant changes to look out for, such as new pests attempting to move into your home to escape the cold.

Fall Pests To Look Out For

Rodents

All of those mice, rats, chipmunks, and squirrels that you’ve seen running around outside all spring and summer are now seeking a place to shelter from the cold temperatures of the fall and winter season. Where do you think they’ll look for their seasonal home? Once they check the local trees, they’ll turn their heads to your home.

Did you know that mice are capable of molding their bodies o fit through the tiniest of holes? That means they can find spaces that you thought you had filled and shimmy their way through.

The dangerous part of a rodent making their home in your house is that it’s rarely just one animal that makes its way in. And once multiple rodents have made their way inside, soon you’ll have a whole family.

Not only are they searching for warmth and shelter from the elements, but also food. As temperatures cool and snow falls, food sources become scarce, so they turn to your warm and inviting kitchen for food scraps and crumbs.

To prevent an infestation, you have to rodent-proof your home. To do this, you’ll need to seal gaps or openings around your home’s exterior and around plumbing, make sure outdoor vents are covered, repair any holes or tears in window screens or door screens, install weatherstripping around doors, clear out plants, leaves, or any other vegetation that may be touching or near your home’s exterior, clean up any yard debris, and de-clutter inside the house.

If you find that any pesky animals have circumvented your rodent-proofing, give us a call, and we’ll help to eliminate the problems.

Bees

You might think of bees as a predominantly summer pest, and you would be correct for the most part. However, as long as temperatures remain mild, meaning above 55 degrees, they will continue foraging for food throughout autumn.

Whereas with rodents, you do your best to keep them out of your home and potentially cut off easy food sources, it’s in all of our best interests to help honeybees out. Honeybees are crucial for our ecosystems, and as we move deeper into fall and eventually winter, it becomes harder and harder for them to find food. One way to make this easier for them is by doing the following:

  • Plant late-blooming plants that will attract honey bees such as borage, calendula, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel, and goldenrod.
  • Create a water station for them by filling a shallow container with water and adding some pebbles or twigs for the bees to land on.
  • Leave some of your garden clean-up for the spring. Dense plants and flowers provide shelter for bees from wind, rain, and cold.

Spiders

Is it just us, or do spiders seem more ominous as we move into the spooky season? They also seem to be popping up everywhere, and that’s because, for certain spider species, the fall season is when they’re at their largest and when they begin repopulating.

We know spiders are creepy crawly little things, but while the urge to knock down their webs and exterminate them might be strong, we want to remind you that they play a vital role in controlling the populations of other bothersome insects.

If you notice spiders or webs outside of your home, think twice before knocking them down.

However, your comfort within your home is always the top priority, which is why we’ll be here to tackle any of your pest control needs before they get too out of hand.

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