Fall Pest Control Check List
By Katie Nelson
As temperatures start to drop, we welcome Autumn, which means raking leaves, pumpkin spice, Halloween, and autumn insects and rodents. Common fall pests include ants, wasps, mice, and spiders. Leaves falling produces extra foliage to attract insects, and it’s crucial to maintain a clean yard, and to inspect the perimeter, as well as garages and sheds for signs of damage and activity. By protecting your home in the fall, you can help reduce the chance that an insect will enter your home or business to live over the winter. Colonies and nests inside of wall voids can continue to grow to the point where a large infestation has now occurred. We believe that taking these steps, coupled with our Quarterly Maintenance Service, will keep your home pest free all fall and winter long!
Inspect Perimeter for Signs of Damage
It’s going to be impossible to seal every gap or crack in your home, but doing inspections each quarter, will help to reduce the amount of entry points as well as to locate any new damage. Insects move into wall voids during the fall to overwinter, so it’s crucial to minimize the way pests are getting in. Things to inspect for include:
- Is there damage to bricks/siding/etc?
- Is there damage to the eaves?
- Are there cracks in the foundation?
- Are there plants, grass, or weeds around your foundation?
Keep Up With Yard Maintenance
Things like cutting your grass regularly, weeding, and keeping wood/leaves away from the home or garage will help keep away unwanted pests. This is especially important as leaves fall and plants die, so remove all dead plants and leaves from the property as soon as possible. Keep all stacked firewood away from any structures and covered.
Clean out Garage or Shed
This is a great activity in the fall, because not only will you organize all those summer items you have been using, but you can inspect for signs of insect or rodent activity. Sweep everything out, and throw away all garbage. Check boxes for signs of nesting, and use secured waterproof storage bins to store things.
Protect Vents and Chimneys
There are vents that you can purchase for your chimneys, dryer vents, and other vents or fans. They will help keep larger pests out, like squirrels and mice, but can help keep out wasps and beetles as well.
Maintain a Barrier Pest Control Treatment
Even if you protect your home, pests are going to try to get inside your walls to live for the winter. By maintaining a barrier around your home, with a quarterly pest control program from Spidexx, you can rest assured that your home is protected. If there are issues that arise, because let’s be honest it happens from time-to-time, we’re always just a call away for a free spot treatment!
Trust Spidexx to Protect Your Home From Autumn Insects
We understand that each season brings its own unique set of pest issues, and our trained technicians are equipped to take on whatever pest issues arise over the next coming months, before winter approaches. Protect your home, so that insects don’t overwinter within your wall voids, which can become a large problem in the spring as they continue to grow their nest or colony. Call us for a free quote, at (515) 200-2668 (Des Moines) or (402) 850-2187 (Omaha).