There are a few things you can be sure of when fall comes to Arkansas. The leaves will turn a vibrant shade of orange or red, the air will grow crisp, and creatures will start crawling into your home. You can probably live without that last one!
Fall is inevitable, but pest infestation is not. You can protect your home and your family from these fall intruders. It requires recognizing the threat and the proper implementation of exclusion methods. Hopper Termite & Pest not only has the experience, but the remedy to keep the pests that come with the fall season - OUTSIDE.
This is, by no means, a comprehensive list of all the pests that invade homes in the fall, but these are definitely on the repeat offender list: skunks, woodchucks, rodents, spiders, ants, fleas, ladybugs, wasps, termites, boxelder bugs, centipedes, earwigs, and roaches. When winter comes, these pests would prefer to be tucked in your house rather than a hole. Some get into food and crawl over dishes, creating unexplainable health issues for your family. Some chew on your home and create structural issues that cost thousands to fix. Some bite you while you're sleeping. And then, there are your general nuisance pests, that like to climb on your walls and gross you out. I think we can agree, bugs and mammals should stay in the wild, where they belong.
Keep inside and outside trash in bags, and in sealed containers. This is a food source and a breeding site for pests.
Don't leave pet food sitting. Lay it down during mealtime, and then store it in the fridge between feedings.
Keep things clean and uncluttered.
Replace outside lights with yellow insect-resistant lighting, and keep shades closed at night. Light attracts flying insects, and spiders think flying insects are scrumptious.
If you have dryer exhaust being pumped under your deck, patio, or staircase, channel it out into the open air, so mammals won't find a nice heated place to nest.
Check all your screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping, to make sure everything is in good working order.
Use a caulking gun to seal up holes and cracks in your foundation and exterior walls.
Consult the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest on other exclusion methods specific to your home, and have your exterior walls or perimeter sprayed. This will keep bugs and mammals from sticking around, and give your home and your family added protection against these fall invaders. Give us a call today!
Just because summer weather is on it’s way out, it doesn’t mean that your pest problems are over. In fact, the fall season is one season that you don’t want to let down your guard when it comes to pests. Insects, rodents, and small animals are all on the hunt for winter lodging.
Here are some common pests you need to look out for and how to secure your home against these autumn invaders.
SPIDERS - During this time of the year, you may notice more spiders lurking around and building webs. This is due to the fact that fall is the time of the year when many species of spiders reproduce. Although many people are not a fan of spiders, the truth is that most spiders are not poisonous. If you just cannot take the sight of seeing one more spider, then give us a call.
MICE - These critters love to come inside during the colder months to keep warm. However, mice are not exactly neat. They like to chew on everything including electrical cords. They also carry diseases and cause issues for people who have breathing issues.
COCKROACHES - Even though you have been told that cockroaches can survive anything, they don’t mind coming into your home during winter months to stock up on food and stay warm. You can find these bugs mainly in the kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere there is food with easy access.
HOW PESTS GAIN ENTRY AND HOW TO STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS
Pests can gain entry into your home through the smallest openings. During this time of the year, many of them are actively seeking small cracks and crevices in your caulking and weatherproofing seals. It only takes one small space to go overlooked. Here are some areas in and around your home to look for possible entry points.
Keep up your yard work - Keep fallen leaves and debris picked up and keep mowing your lawn until it stops growing. You also want to cut back any bushes or shrubbery that is close to your home. Try to keep it at least 2-3 feet from your home. Pests and rodents like to use these plants as ladders to gain access.
Check the perimeters of your home - Look around the outside of your home for any suspicious entry points. Many rodents and insects like to use the openings surrounding electrical or utility wiring. If you notice any openings around utility wires, use caulk to seal up the extra space.
Declutter your home - Spring is not the only time of the year to declutter and get rid of things. Fall is a great time as well. Most animals, rodents, and bugs only want two things: food and shelter. If your home is cluttered, it gives these pests a place to hide and search for food when you are not expecting it.
DON’T HAVE TIME? CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. TODAY!
If you don’t have time to survey your home for entry points or you feel like you may already have some new roommates, give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call today. Our trained technicians know where to look and can work with you to come up with a pest control plan. We can come out for individual service calls, or we can set you up with a year-round plan to help attack pests and rodents all year long.
Don’t wait until you have an infestation this winter. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206. And remember, we also serve commercial properties. Your business is just as important as your home. Keep it pest free with Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc.