A Handy Fall Pest Prevention Guide For Quad Cities' Property Owners
October 29, 2020
When the weather turns cool and the daylight hours begin to fade, it's a sign the season is changing to fall. Instead of pool parties and cookouts, it's campfires and stews for everyone in Quad Cities. However, with the change in seasons come new pest behaviors.
The sad truth is those pest problems are an all-year concern. The only real change is that various pests seek to come inside strictly because it's warmer than outside. Some of the most common invaders at this time of year include carpet beetles, silverfish, spiders, ants, cockroaches, and more. In addition to insects and arachnids, rodents also seek to make your property their home.
A pest infestation by itself wouldn't be such a big deal if not for one very crucial detail. Pests reproduce rapidly, which means what begins as a small issue becomes a huge problem before you even blink. Fortunately, the main way to get ahead of this potential problem is to practice good fall pest prevention before the weather turns truly cold.
Fall Pest Prevention Tips
Since the weather is changing, that means your habits are changing as well. Instead of open windows or air conditioning, you're using heaters and keeping the windows shut. As such, there are some key things to address while transitioning your home into its new status:
Deep clean: Before you bundle up your summer belongings, it's time to break out the deep cleaning supplies. Pests like cluttered and dirty places to hide. Some, like cockroaches will feed on crumbs and other matter left behind. For this reason, you'll want to clean from top to bottom. Wipe down counters, vacuum carpets, practice good storage, and clean under appliances and furniture.
Entry points: Pests like to get in through small holes or crevices they can slip through. If you find any, be sure to use silicone caulk to seal up these entry points.
Dry things out: The need for water or moisture is universal. Nothing living can go without it. As such, you can maximize your prevention efforts by checking for leaks, standing water, or other sources of moisture.
The yard: The pests are starting outside. This means the condition of your yard will greatly determine how large your potential infestation actually is. By mowing regularly, picking up leaves, and managing items like wood piles you can limit how attractive your property is when it comes time for pests to seek shelter.
Check packages: Sometimes, seeking shelter can start with hiding in boxes and packages. As such, it's always a good idea to carefully inspect any packages that arrive along with performing a cursory inspection on existing boxes stored in the house.
Professional coverage: In addition to what you can do on your own, it's a good idea to consider using professional pest control companies to place additional preventative measures since they possess the resources needed to address any issues.
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Just because the weather is changing that doesn't mean your Quad Cities property needs to suffer a pest infestation. With over 85 years of experience, our team has the pest control solutions you need to be protected this fall, and every season afterward. We don't rest until any existing infestation has been corrected while establishing ongoing coverage so pest problems are no longer a concern regardless if you’re a residential or commercial property owner.