Home for the Holidays
Just because you see fewer pests in the fall and winter doesn’t mean they aren’t around! In fact, many bugs will seek your home out for shelter once the weather starts cooling down. Make sure you have a pest control plan in place before they make a home out of your house.
Things You Can Do Now. Before fall sets in, there are several things you can do to pest-proof your home. Make sure your home is properly prepared, and that you have a pest control plan in place!
- Inspect Your Home for Entry Points. Take this opportunity to do a thorough inspection of your house. Note any large cracks or gaps in the exterior, as well as larger gaps around doors and windows. The same goes for your house’s interior- try to find any spots where pests might come in while seeking shelter in the fall and winter. Replace old or worn out weather stripping. Added bonus: this will help with your heating bill too!
- Don’t Forget Your Attic. Give your attic a thorough inspection. When the weather gets cold, your attic is the perfect new home for squirrels, mice, and other furry pests. Be sure to check your insulation as well. Some pests will chew through it- and cockroaches can even make a meal out of it!
- Be Aware. One of the best pest precautions you can take is simply noticing pest and their activity. As you’re inspecting the exterior of your house, make note of any insect nests you come across. If you see any chewed wires, animal droppings, or other signs of pests in your home, be sure to tell your pest control service providers. This will help them make an accurate diagnosis, as well as come up with the most effective solution.
Pests to Look Out for in the Fall and Winter. The pests you’ll need to look out for during the colder months are called overwintering pests. That term simply means that they survive through the winter. These are the pests that are most likely to seek out warm shelter in your home. Some of the most common ones include lady beetles, rodents, ants, stink bugs, box elders, and stinging insects.
Now is the time to start pest-proofing your home for winter! For all your pest needs- whether you have mice, termites, or wasps- you can trust Vulcan Termite & Pest Control to get the job done and done well. Contact us at 205-663-4200 or visit www.vulcantermite.com to get started on your pest control plan today.
–Vulcan Termite & Pest Control, Inc.
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