As Fall Weather Creeps In, So Do PestsIn Summer on September 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Written by admin
Labor Day weekend has come and gone which means that cooler fall weather will soon start to settle in. The arrival of cooler weather also means that certain pests such as rodents and spiders may begin coming indoors seeking shelter for the winter. It is important for homeowners to begin pest proofing their homes this time of year to ensure that rodents, spiders, cockroaches, and other pests do not find their way indoors. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) stresses the significance of late summer pest proofing and offers tips to prevent infestations.
“Unfortunately, these pests don’t need much space to get inside our homes, and once indoors they can cause more than just an unpleasant infestation,” claims Missy Henriksen of the NPMA. “The real concern is that rodents and other smaller pests can pose serious health threats by contaminating food and transmitting bacteria.”
These pests that are most common in the fall can cause a range of problems from spreading disease to destroying property. Rodents such as mice and rats can transmit diseases like salmonella and the presence of cockroaches has been known to cause asthma attacks. Most spiders can bite which may not spread disease but can cause severe reactions. Rodents also pose a safety threat by chewing on electrical wires and increasing the risk of a fire. The NPMA urges homeowners to take preventative actions now to keep these pests from entering their homes.
“We know that pest-proofing is an easy chore to put aside, but it’s important for homeowners to spend some time over the next few weeks taking steps to protect their properties from dangerous pests,” advises Henriksen.
These pest-proofing tips are provided by the NPMA:
- Check for cracks and crevices outside the home and seal them with caulk and steel wool. Be sure to check around utility pipes.
- Replace or repair damaged screens and use door sweeps.
- Make sure attic vents and chimneys are screened.
- Keep food stored securely and regularly take out the trash.
- Check for loose mortar and weather stripping around the foundation and basement windows.
- Repair leaking pipes and clogged drains to eliminate moisture buildup.
- Keep firewood 20 feet or more from the house, keep trees and shrubs trimmed back from the house.
- Inspect any item before bringing them into the house.
Pest-proofing your home according to these tips will greatly decrease the chance of an infestation, but they can still occur. If you discover an infestation in your home, contact Green T Pest Control immediately. Our pest control experts can handle any pest that may invade your home this fall.Comment »