Pest control tips for Autumn
As the weather worsens and we enter Autumn we all begin to spend a bit more time indoors as we seek a warm and comfortable environment.
The changes in the seasons signals a need to carry out vital maintenance on your home:
- To keep out the colder, wetter weather
- To prevent common autumn pests
While wasps and flies are reducing in numbers there is an increase risk of other common pests such as mice, rats, cockroaches or fleas as they seek refuge from the colder weather and woodworm can also be prevalent due to wet timber at properties. These pests can all pose serious risks to both people and property.
Rodents can chew on wiring at properties or drywall as well as pass on disease. Cockroaches can contaminate food, leave droppings around the home and trigger asthma while fleas can get into bedding after often being introduced to the home from pets.
So what can you do to prevent pests from entering your property? Follow these tips to keep your home safe this autumn and winter.
- Pest proof your property – pests love the warmth and shelter that’s provided by an attic. Ensure that there aren’t any entry holes – replace cracked tiles / repair any broken fascia or soffit and ensure any damaged roof tiles are replaced. Inspect the attic regularly for pests and if you notice any potential activity, make sure you address it immediately.
- Ventilation – keep any spaces (particularly those that aren’t lived in) well ventilated and dry. Pests (particularly woodworm) are attached to areas where there is a lot of moisture in the air. Use humidifiers in basements or garages to keep areas dry.
- Use screens – cover any vents and chimney openings, letter boxes and cat flaps.
- Keep kitchens clean – food crumbs and the build up of rubbish is attactive for pests who come into properties looking for food. You should make sure all rubbish is cleared and counters are cleaned properly after meals. You should also think about where you store your outdoor bins – try not to keep them too close to your property so if pests do get attracted to them they won’t easily get inside.
- Maintain drains and gutters – clear all gutters and drainpipes to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
- Keep outdoor areas clean – ensurse that any storage areas such as firewood are not too close to your property and kept tidy. You should also trim shrubs and keep lawns well mown to ensure pests don’t have anywhere to hide.
While these tips will help reduce the risk of pests infiltrating your property there’s always risks. If you do have a problem with pest control in Dorset – give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help.
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