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Tips to Pest-Proof Your Home for Fall

As the colder months begin to arrive, making sure your home is prepared for all those little critters in and around your home should be a top priority. Our partner, Terminix, has created a list, of how to pest-proof your home for the fall months and what part of the home to do so. Have you already gotten your home pest-proof or have you been holding off until a later date? These tips may make you get your home pest-proofed much sooner than you were originally planning.

Now that the seasons are starting to transition and it’s not 100 degrees outside, you need to make sure your home is ready for fall. Here are a few areas you should inspect in and around your home to help keep pests out as the summer wanes and leaves change.

PEST PROOF YOUR ATTIC/ROOF

“Check for mice, squirrels or raccoons already living here. Trap them and then seal off the entrances. Trapping prior to sealing is important.”

PEST PROOF YOUR WALLS

“While subterranean termites generally swarm as the weather starts to warm up, some species actually can swarm year round. However, you can identify and eradicate all species now. Check for:

  • Wood-colored termite droppings
  • Damage to the wood grain of your home
  • Visible mud tunnels or tubes
  • Actual small winged insects leaving wooden structures.”

PEST PROOF YOUR PORCH

“When it’s time to bring your plants in for the winter, make sure to do it right to avoid carrying in unwanted guests along with them. Remove dead or damaged leaves, check the pots thoroughly and water them to flush insects out of the dirt before bringing them inside. Scrub the pot, too, as spiders will often lay eggs on the bottom of terra cotta pots.”

PEST PROOF YOUR WINDOWS

“Check screens for damage and fix any openings to keep out mosquitoes, stink bugs, ladybugs and more.”

PEST PROOF YOUR BEDROOM

“Getting rid of bed bugs is no easy task, so be thorough and committed in your efforts. Regularly wash everything, including bedding, curtains and mattress covers. Always keep an eye out for bugs on your mattress, headboard and bedframe when replacing your sheets. You’re looking for:

  • Shed bed bug skins, exoskeletons or shells
  • Fecal stains on your mattress and bedding
  • Blood stains on your sheets and pajamas”

PEST PROOF YOUR FLOORS

“Insect hibernation is no joke, and your nice warm home is a great place to wake up. As part of your seasonal inspection and bug prevention, vacuum every floor surface and use the nozzle attachment to get everywhere — you never know where a hibernating boxelder bug or flea eggs could be hidden. Inspect the legs and underside of furniture for pests that can easily make their way to and from your carpet.”

PEST PROOF YOUR ROOF

“Rats and mice can fit through a lot of tight spaces, especially when it’s freezing outside and warm and welcoming inside, so you’ll want to inspect for even the smallest potential points of entry. Take time (and a ladder!) to carefully check every inch of your home’s exterior. Address any potential entrances such as loose shingles or portions of your roof that may be pulling away from the awning. Examine all vents, roof returns, flashing along your chimney and skylights for gaps that could give pests easy access to your home.”

Quoted Content Sourced From Terminix

Termite Tips – What To Do and What Not To Do

Termites can cause any homeowner huge headaches if they’re not discovered nor taken care of as soon as possible. Termites can roam around your home undetected if you don’t know what to look for or what to do once discovered. Our client, Bulwark Exterminating, has highlighted several tips on what to do if you discover termites in your home, and what not to do when you discover termites.  Has your home ever been infested with termites? What did you do to take care of the problem? Share with us in the comments section below!

What To Do When You Discover Termites In Your Home

  • “When dealing with termites, reduce the amount of moisture around your house. Moisture attracts termites. Check for malfunctioning taps and gutters and have them corrected. Create proper ventilation in areas of the house where moisture is likely to develop.
  • Look for any cracks on wooden structures and seal them. This will prevent termites from entering into the wood through the crack.
  • Another option is to fill in the gaps or cracks with sand, as termites cannot build colonies where there is fine sand.
  • While replacing compromised wooden structures, switch them out for juniper, cedar and redwood, as termites prefer them least.
  • There is a chance of termites returning years later. Conduct yearly termite home inspections to any problems at an early stage.”

What NOT To Do When You Discover Termites In Your Home

  • “When you discover a colony of termites on the perimeter of your home, it is best to leave the colony alone. Disturbing the colony may drive them even closer, perhaps into your home.
  • Don’t attempt to exterminate a termite colony on your own, as some chemicals can be hazardous to humans, plants and pets; as can inexperience handling the chemicals.
  • Don’t use mulch around the house. It is a great a source of food and water for termites. Elect instead for rubber mulches, as an alternative to the wooden variety.
  • Do not store lumber or waste on your property. This will only attract termites.”

Quoted Content Sourced from Bulwark Exterminating

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