October is here, which means the cool fall weather is upon us, and winter is soon to come. In the pest control industry, the transition from warm to cold weather means that all kinds of pests will have behavioral changes, many of which surround the fact that creatures of all shapes and sizes will be looking for a warm place to wait out the winter. More often than not, this means that these pests will be looking to take up residence in your home or building, especially in climates like New England with harsh seasons. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how you can keep your home pest-free this autumn!
Pest-Proof Your Home
One of the most effective ways to keep unwanted pests out of your home in the fall is to pest-proof your house or building. A great way to get started is by installing screens in your attic vents, chimney openings, and other gaps that animals may be able to get through. For holes and cracks that are too small for screens, you can use caulk or steel wool to seal them up. Additionally, you should replace weather-stripping and loose mortar around your home’s foundation and windows. Pest-proofing your home in this way can help prevent mice, rats, squirrels, birds, bats, and other animals from entering your home as the weather starts to get colder.
Proper Food Storage
Another great way to prevent pest problems this fall is to store all your food properly. Be sure that all dry goods (like oatmeal, flour, grains, and any other food that might be stored in cabinets or pantries) are stored in air-tight containers. Other than the reason for escaping the cold weather, pests also enter homes in search of food and water that can satiate them while their other food sources are scarce.
Keep Your Home Dry & Ventilated
One more tip for keeping pests away from your home this fall is to keep your basement, attic, and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry. Leaks and water buildup from rain and melted snow can attract all kinds of pests, so it’s essential to be vigilant about keeping these areas of your home in good condition. Additionally, you should repair or install new gutters to help draw water and moisture away from your home, which can further prevent leaks and moisture buildup.
Contact Absolut Pest Control!
If you have any questions about pest control this fall or believe that you have a pest problem in your Massachusetts or New Hampshire home, contact Absolut Pest Control! We provide various pest removal services at affordable prices throughout the region! Contact us today by giving us a call at (978) 388-4589 or by filling out the contact form on our website!