As the seasons change from summer to fall, pests feel a distinct chill in the air. Their internal senses urge them to find a warm refuge, and in populated areas, this is often indoors. To protect themselves against the harsh winter climate, rodents, spiders and cockroaches seek the ultimate safety: your home.
The National Pest Management Association strives to remind owners of the importance of pest-proofing their homes in the fall months. Simple pest prevention tips can help greatly reduce the number of unwanted pests that decide to make your home into theirs.
It’s important to remember that rodents are responsible for carrying a significant number of deadly diseases, including Salmonella and the deadly Hantavirus. Additionally, rodents are known to chew through a home’s electrical wires, which can ultimately lead to a house fire. Brown Recluse Spiders have powerful venom that causes intense allergic reactions, often resulting in surgery to remove massive amounts of dead tissue from their victims. Cockroaches are responsible for spreading several diseases and their fecal droppings and saliva are often the source of severe allergy and asthma attacks in humans.
With the weather cooling annually every fall, our warm homes become an inviting, welcoming relief for rodents and insects. To prepare for cooler months, homeowners need to be extremely proactive in exercising pest prevention techniques.
- Screen all vents and openings to chimneys. Rodents are known to climb on roofs and can easily make a home in a chimney.
- Repair damaged window and door screens; install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- Store all food in airtight containers. This helps reduce the allure of kitchen areas. Additionally, remove all trash regularly and place it in secure, sealed containers.
- If the home has any cracks or crevices on the exterior, these need to be repaired and sealed properly. This includes areas where pipes and other utilities enter the home.
- Eliminate all moisture, such as clogged drains and leaking pipes.
- Replace all weather stripping and loose mortar around basement windows and foundations.
- Firewood should be stored a minimum of 20 feet from the home.
- Keep all shrubbery adjacent to the home well trimmed, helping prevent pests from making nests.
Sometimes homeowners can do everything right, but rodents or insects will still find a way into the home. In instances such as these, a homeowner should consider contacting a professional Utah pest control company. UT pest control service offers pest control that includes treatment for ants, spiders, wasps, voles, Box Elder bugs, mice and rats. A professional exterminator has access to effective, green-friendly Salt Lake City pest control chemicals that help ensure home insect and rodent invasions are a thing of the past.