Pests are always seeking out warm shelter that can keep them safe and a food source they can depend on. However, the warm, safe shelter that pests seek is often in our homes! The seasons have a high influence on pests, so the threats they pose often shift as the weather changes. To protect your home from any pest invasions this fall, it’s crucial that you’re aware of the impact fall has on the patterns and movements of pests. It’s also crucial that you take proper precautions this season.
How Fall Impacts Pests Patterns and Movements
Pests In Need of Warm Shelter During Colder Weather
As fall approaches, the colder weather will begin to set in and temperatures will drop. This indicates that most pests and insects need to prepare for the nearing winter and seek out warm shelter. As a result, these pests and insects will be more likely to invade your home. You may start to see an increased presence of spiders, boxelder bugs, ladybugs and other insects that normally desire to stay outside. These harmless pests often stay out of sight and will stay hidden in the cracks and crevices of your house. Bees and wasps will often shelter in trees, logs or eaves of homes and ants will retreat to their nesting sites. Rodents like mice and rats will also be seeking warmth during the fall. Establishing a safe place to outlast the outside weather helps most of the insects and rodents survive the colder months.
Prepare Your Home
Ensure that any holes, cracks, crevices or gaps in your foundation, floors, attic and garage are properly sealed to prevent pests from invading your home. You should also check the materials of your roof, because strong winds may crack shingles and siding materials. This can result in created openings for pests invasions. Managing proper home maintenance during the fall helps decrease the chances of any rodents invading your home in the winter. Regular home maintenance inspections can determine if your roofing is tightly secured in place. It also helps to keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. There are many different types of pests that are attracted to soggy crawls spaces and areas with a lot of moisture.
Get Help From a Local Pest Control Company
Fall is the best season to get a home inspection done before any pests invade your home and make a warm pest shelter of it. Contact Pest Control Services today for our services. Visit our website for more information.