It never fails. Fall hits and annoying pests start to invade your home. At the end of spring into the start of fall, you notice only a few insects in your home. These are scouter bugs that look for secure spots for their nests to spend the winter. To make matters worse, if these bugs are in your home, there's a good chance that it's the “safe” place they're looking for. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to help eliminate pests from your home this fall.
Tidy up Your Yard
Believe it or not, a messy yard is the first step to having a pest invasion. Messy flowerbeds and overgrown bushes that are planted along the outer edge of the foundation of your home give pests a direct path into your house. Stay on top of your outdoor clutter, especially the grass clippings and leaves that tend build up against the side of your house. This is where bugs hide. Also, trim back tree and bush branches that touch your roof or walls. Just don't go crazy cutting back branches since fall isn't a great time to prune.
Seal Up Cracks
Cracks in your windows and doors allow cold air and bugs into your home. The fall is a great time to look for these cracks and seal them up with caulk. This little tip will keep bugs out while making your home more energy efficient.
Spray for Bugs
Spraying for bugs is one of the most effective ways to eliminate pests from your home because the spray acts as a barrier that keeps the bugs away from your house to start with. However, some of the bug sprays that you can buy at the store aren't very effective. This is why it's important to hire a professional company such as All Seasons Pest Control to get maximum protection. Hiring a professional also ensures that the job is done right.
Remove Standing Water
Insects and other pests love damp places. If you've ever seen a centipede crawling around your bathtub, you already know this to be true. This is why it's so important to remove standing water from your home. This involves checking your faucets for leaks and removing standing water from the saucers under your potted plants.
Keeping bugs out of your home takes a proactive approach. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, so when these tips don't keep bugs out of your home, contact a professional to spray for pests. This should keep your home protected from pests all fall and winter long.