Get a Head Start on Fall Pest Prevention
For many people, fall offers a welcome change of pace from summer heat waves. Unfortunately, just like us, many pests such as cockroaches, spiders and rodents often head indoors for warmth when cooler temperatures arrive. Untrimmed tree branches and landscaping set close to the house may offer all of the access these pests need to enter your home.
Since cockroaches can squeeze through 1/8-inch gaps and rodents can fit through quarter-size holes, it is important to seal even the smallest cracks around your home’s foundation, utility access points, windows and doors to limit pest entry. Regular dusting and vacuuming in basements, attics and storage areas also can reduce potential shelter sites for many pests.
“The best defense against cool weather pests is a proactive approach to keeping them out,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin technical director. “By focusing on limiting access and shelter for pests, you can help prevent activity inside your home.”
Before fall arrives, Dr. Harrison recommends these tips to help reduce pest activity:
- Install weather-stripping around doors and windows to limit entryways for spiders and other pests.
- Prune landscaping and trim tree branches away from the home to limit access indoors.
- Check your home’s roof and gutters for leaves and debris that can provide shelter for pests.