Although many pests thrive in the summer and are less active in the winter, they can bug you throughout the year. Rodents tend to seek warm spaces as the weather gets cold, termites stick around even as the weather gets cold and house spiders become more visible in early autumn as males increase mating activity. Even cockroaches look for warm spaces to hole up during the winter. Pest-proofing your house in the fall can help prevent infestations throughout the year.
1. Clean Up Your Yard
Trim dense growth in your garden, especially if it’s close to the house. Keep firewood at least 20 feet from the perimeter of the building. Rake mulch and soil away from basement windows and wood that is close to the foundation. This will prevent pests from taking up residence in areas where they can scurry in when you open the door.
2. Inspect And Repair Gutters
Moist, damp spots can be magnets for cockroaches and termites. Make sure that your outdoor drainage system works properly. Fix leaks in gutters, and make sure that you remove leaves and debris that let rainwater puddle up.
3. Seal Doors And Windows
If you have weather stripping around your doors and windows, examine it to make sure that it’s holding up. If your windows are less than 10 years old, they are likely air tight and don’t need extra protection.
Cracked or dirty weather stripping might not be doing its job as well as it should. Replace it for better pest protection. You can test the seal around the doors with a dollar bill. Slide the money between the bottom of the door and the weather stripping. Close the door. If you can easily pull out the bill, you might need to replace the weather stripping.
4. Examine Your Siding
Check the areas where the siding meets the concrete foundation, windows and doors. If you find cracks, seal them with caulk. Close off larger gaps with expanding foam.
5. Sweep Out Cobwebs
Remove cobwebs in corners, under furniture and near window sills. If you have a basement, use a dehumidifier to reduce the number of spiders that take up residence in the area. Keep attics well ventilated to make them less attractive to pests.
A simple inspection can help you pinpoint pest entry spots and give you peace of mind. If you have seen a few cockroaches, spiders, mice or other pests, you may want to contact My Exterminator for a more comprehensive assessment.