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Keep Your Home Pest-free this Fall

As temperatures start to ease down, and the summer season slowly transitions into fall, there are but many other things that also come out of the woodwork - in particular, pests. These creepy crawlers know that by staying indoors (and close to a food source), they are ensured of survival through the cold months. Usually, the culprit are small crevices, hardly visible to the human eye. A good seasonal maintenance check is all it takes to make sure your humble abode is kept fully intact and pest-free. Here are a couple of things you can do to help ensure that:

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both. Also, pay attention to windows, doors, siding, behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia for openings.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
  • If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.

Credit: National Pest Management Association (NPMA)

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