September 15, 2015 / Seasonal Pest Control

5 Tips For Excluding Pests As Colder Temperatures Approach

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Autumn is anticipated by many New Englanders all year long. The vast array of color up in the trees is a sensational complement to the alluring flavor of your pumpkin spice latte. Despite all the joy that fall brings us, you arrive at the stark realization that winter is coming (even if you don’t watch Game of Thrones). Many rodents and insects have realized this fact as well, and are eager to share the warmth your home has to offer.

However, if you are unwilling to house new, unwanted roommates this winter, there are plenty of simple preventive steps you can take to safeguard your home from pests before the temperatures drop.

Take a look at these five tips for excluding over-wintering pests from your home this season:

  1. Inspect the exterior of your house. Remove any potential habitats for insects, such as in your gutters, downspouts, debris or mulch resting near your foundation, and move trash cans away from your home. Most bugs prefer moist, dark areas to reproduce and hide from predators. Clean out your gutters, and remove any debris that may be resting against your home. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
  2. Substitute exterior light bulbs. Replace traditional white lights that attract insects with yellow or sodium vapor bulbs.
  3. Seal any openings to your home. Ensure that all windows and doors shut tightly, and repair or replace any damaged screens. Close cracks and crevices with a silicone-based caulk. Install screens over chimney vents and openings. Don’t forget to search your attic for any holes that may have been created by squirrels.
  4. Vacuum often. Vacuuming and cleaning regularly will not only remove potential habitats for pests to invade, but will also eliminate any spider or fly eggs from the corners of your carpet.
  5. Create a pest barrier. Routine pesticide services can prevent outdoor pests from infiltrating your residence by examining, sealing, and protect your home.
  6. Prune overhanging tree branches. Squirrels can leap up to eight feet from the branches of trees to access your roof and attic. Cut back any branches that are close to your home, and fasten a band of sheet metal to the trunk of any trees that squirrels might climb.
  7. Cover your trash. Rodents won’t be able to chew through a covered metal garbage bin. Make sure your trash receptacles are placed in areas where they won’t be tipped over by animals or strong winds.

By following these five simple steps, you can greatly reduce the risk of over-wintering  pests boarding in your home. Observing these five preventive measures will allow you to thoroughly enjoy all that Fall and Winter in New England have to offer without worrying about “The Others” breaching your wall.

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