As we mentioned in our previous blog post, pests are always around, even during the cooler seasons. But while we may embrace the fall season, that doesn’t mean that we have to open up our doors and embrace these unwelcome guests, as well. There are plenty of things you can do to keep pests out of your home during the next few months.
Follow these great tips and keep any and all of the most common fall season rodents and insects at bay:
When the weather changes, pests such as ants and stink bugs seek out gaps and cracks in your home’s structure to make their way inside. The most likely places you’ll want to look are by your garage doors, windows, and doors. Be sure to seal even the smallest gaps and cracks to keep these pesky invaders outdoors where they belong.
If you have screens that are broken or have even the smallest opening, repair or replace them as soon as possible, or for the meantime, place a piece of tape over the opening if it’s small enough to do so. Then be sure to have it fixed when the warmer weather returns to keep summer pests outside.
Your chimney is the perfect place for a mouse or other critter to enter your home. Remember to close the damper when your fireplace is not in use. For those with a wood-burning fireplace, keep in mind that a nice blaze is a great way to discourage using the chimney as an entrance.
You can’t completely cover a working vent, but you can put a screen over it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way – and where there’s an opening, an army of ants or the like will crawl through it!
Have the number of Blue Ridge Termites in your phone should you have a pest problem that requires reinforcement from a professional.
Remember that as prepared as you may be, there’s always a possibility that one of these unwanted guests may find their way in. There’s nothing wrong with picking up the phone and allowing a professional extermination company to get the job done once and for all!