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There is something magical that happens in the fall… No, we're not talking about the leaves turning color and falling to the ground. We're talking about the magical way pests get into our homes. Why do we say magical? Because when insects appear in our curtains or crawl on our interior walls by the dozens it can leave us thinking, "How on Earth did those bugs get inside?" Allow us to demystify those insects.

No home is completely sealed. There are always going to be tiny holes that we can't see. And, while it is certainly a good idea to seal up gaps, cracks, and other entry points on the outside walls of our homes, there is really no way to fully ensure the exclusion of insects. Those lady beetles, boxelder bugs, and cluster flies are still going to get in. Sealing holes, making sure screens are in good-working condition, covering vents with screens, and other prevention ideas help, but you're going to need to have a barrier treatment to keep those overwintering pests out.

It is important to understand the dangers of DIY pest control treatments. The last thing you want to do is replace a nuisance pest problem with a dangerous chemical exposure issue. The best solution is to hire a licensed professional, especially one like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, who apply EPA-approved products according to trusted pest control methods established by industry experts.

Another reason to go with an expert is that DIY methods are often ineffective. You can spend a whole lot of money, and a whole lot of time, only to continue to see these and other pests inside your home. There are many reasons this can happen. You may use the wrong product to control the pest pressures you're dealing with. You may apply the product to the wrong areas. Environmental conditions may dilute or wash away the product and leave no residue to protect your home. The list of ways pest control can fail is long.

Now is the time to work to keep pests out of your home. Seal things up. Fix those screens. Cover vents and fix damaged window panes. Inspect your weather stripping and door sweeps to make sure they're doing their job. But, above all else, consider having a professional apply a barrier treatment to stop those bugs in their tracks. If you live in Illinois or Missouri and need assistance, reach out to us. We'd love to help.


Tags: fall pests  |  residential pest control

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