While the onset of colder weather typically means a reduction in wasps, flies, and other insects, several other autumn pests like squirrels, rats, mice, and other wildlife will start to seek the warmth of your home. These autumn pests are not only an inconvenience, they can pose a real danger to you, your family, and your property. To help prevent autumn pests from taking up residence in your home this season, check out these four autumn pest control tips to keep in mind.
The first options for wildlife to find shelter and warmth during cold months are outside storage areas such as sheds and firewood stores. If these areas are located close to your home, this can quickly lead to a pest infestation in your home. To keep wildlife out, be sure to keep these areas tidy and keep any firewood dry and stacked away from your home. Also trim any nearby shrubs and mow your lawns often to make sure the pests have nowhere to hide.
Tidy up your kitchen surfaces and floor and clean out any food crumbs or rubbish buildup that could entice pests into your home. You should also consider moving your outdoor trash bins if they sit close to your home.
During the fall season, fallen leaves can quickly build up in your gutters. This can lead to water backflow or overflow and can result in water damage on the eaves and roof of your home. This water damage can make it even easier for pests to find or create holes and enter your home. To avoid potential water damage and pest infestation, keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris.
Your attic, basement, and/or crawlspace offers some of the most conducive conditions for pests as these areas are typically dark, uninhabited by people, and often prone to excess moisture. To prevent pests from entering your home, be sure to maintain a ventilated and dry environment in all your property's spaces, especially those that are not regularly used.
At Critter Guard, our pest control products are designed to help you prevent pest infestation in your attic and other vulnerable spaces in your home this autumn. To learn more about our humane wildlife control products, contact us today!