Hattiesburg's Complete Fall Pest Prevention Guide
October 28, 2020
Cooler weather and shorter daylight hours can only mean one thing. Fall is here. Before you break out the hoodies and sit around the campfire, it's time to look into fall pest prevention for your Hattiesburg home. While we often associate pests with warmer temperatures, the truth is that pests are a year-round problem, which only grows worse in the fall if you're not prepared.
The main reason for this is due to said pests trying to get inside to escape the cold. They need warmth to thrive. On the surface, this may not seem to be a huge problem. However, it's actually a gigantic problem for one very important reason. Pests reproduce rapidly, which means a small infestation can spiral out of control before you even realize there's a problem. For this reason alone, prevention is critical to maintaining a comfortable and safe home heading into the colder months.
Fall Pest Prevention Tips
Part of why fall pest prevention is so important is the same reason it's so important in the spring. Fall represents a transition from the warmth of summer to the chill of winter. Different temperatures mean different behaviors to guard against. That's why we're providing these hot tips to get ahead of the seasonal change:
Deep Clean: Regardless of the pest in question, they cluttered and seldom cleaned environments. If you want to ensure pests are no concern, then the first thing to do is perform a deep clean of your home. Make sure to wipe down surfaces, sweep floors, and perform a general clean up. This especially means your trash cans. Also, be sure to practice proper storage of items you're not going to use for a while. Finally, make sure you don't neglect cleaning under the appliances and furniture.
Entry Points: Those pests outside want to get inside. They do this via entry points like cracks or holes in the perimeter of your house. As such, avoiding a pest infestation could be as simple as sealing these entry points up with silicone caulk. Remember, no hole is too small.
Keep It Dry: Moisture is the one thing every single pest needs. Nothing can live without access to water. For this reason, it's the perfect time to ensure there are no leaks or areas of standing water in or around the house. No water means pests will move on while they still can.
Landscaping: Just because nature is going into hibernation doesn't mean you get to slack on your lawn care. Before winter hits, be sure to keep the grass mowed and everything from trees to shrubs trimmed back from the house. For those who will keep firewood, the pile must remain 20 feet away at the minimum.
Inspect Everything: Since pests are seeking shelter more than anything, they will try to sneak in through boxes and other packages if they can get away with it. That's why you will want to inspect those items to ensure you don't accidentally invite unwanted pests inside.
Ongoing Coverage: Since changing seasons require different methods, it may just be the best time to secure the services of a professional pest control company to ensure the additional needed measures are in place.
Enjoy A Happy Fall with Fall Pest Prevention From Havard Pest Control
Pest invasions aren't okay at any time of the year. Don't get off guard, get fall pest prevention from our team at Havard Pest Control. We'll help you reclaim your home and ensure any existing insect and rodent problems become a thing of the past.