Are winter pests a yearly frustration for you? Do you find silverfish crawling around in your bathroom, boxelder bugs piling up on your window sills, and rodents chewing their way into your home? Will the cute little chipmunks find themselves no longer content to scamper along your fence and scurry up your trees? Will they be scampering in your attic spaces and scurrying up through your wall voids? When it starts getting cold, bugs and wildlife are going to look for a place to hide from the cold. Here are some ideas to keep them from choosing your home to overwinter.
Fall Pest Tips
If mice, chipmunks, and other rodents are your issue:
Keep the leaves raked up. Rodents use leaf litter and leaf piles as hiding places.
Pick up toys and other lawn clutter. Rodents are more likely to come into a yard that has places to protect them from airborne predators.
Keep your lawn trimmed and the weeds plucked till the bitter end. Tall grass and weeds are the welcome mat for rodents.
Put some wire mesh in your downspouts to keep rodents from crawling up to your vulnerable roofline.
Trim tree branches to keep rodents from jumping down onto your roof.
Examine your exterior walls for holes and fill those holes.
If silverfish, boxelder bugs, and other insect pests are your issue:
Make sure all of your screens are free of holes.
Check all your door sweeps and weather stripping to make sure they're in good condition.
Inspect and clean your gutters. When water runs down your walls it can make the soil near your home moist. This is very attractive to bugs.
Use a caulking gun to fill in gaps, cracks, and holes.
Some bugs, like those boxelder bugs, are going to congregate on your walls when it starts to get cold. Aside from painting your home a darker color, the next best solution is to have a pest control technician apply a spray treatment to your exterior walls and vulnerable areas.
If you need assistance keeping bugs and wildlife out of your home this fall, or a treatment for pests that have already gotten in, Rottler can help. We offer one time treatments as well as ongoing, year-round residential services for bugs and wildlife control. You don't have to live with these yearly invaders.
If you're in our extensive Missouri service area, partner with the QualityPro Certified Rottler team today and make yearly pest invasions a thing of the past.