Seven Tips for a Pest-Free Home This Fall

You won’t ever be able to make your property completely impervious to local pests, but there are some simple steps that you can take to greatly reduce your risk of an infestation this fall. Here is a quick look at seven simple tips that you can use to enjoy a pest-free home as the summer comes to an end.

Install Vent Covers

If you don’t already have screens on all of the vents throughout your home, that should be one of the first projects that you tackle. Vent screens won’t keep out extremely small bugs, but they should prevent rats, mice, and other rodents from getting into your house.

Look for Moisture

There are quite a few reasons why you should try to keep excess moisture out of your home, and that includes reducing your risk of an infestation. Some of the places where you might find excess moisture include the basement, under sinks, and in the garage. If you find standing water, then you must contact a plumber so that they can find and fix any leaks in your plumbing system.

Deep Clean Your Kitchen

Some of the most common bugs in Colorado won’t even consider entering a home if they can’t find a consistent source of food. That is just one of the many reasons why you should ensure that your kitchen remains clean at all times. You must also seal up all of the food in your pantry in metal or thick plastic containers.

Replace Weather Stripping

As the seasons change, the weather stripping around your doors will crack and rip. Luckily, replacing weather stripping is a simple project that requires no special tools. As a bonus, replacing old weather stripping could also lower your energy bills during the warmest and coldest months of the year.

Seal Cracks

Over the years, the building materials that were used for your home will expand and contract, and that can cause cracks around windows, vents, pipes, and doors. To seal those openings, all you are going to need is a caulking gun and some high-quality caulk from a local home improvement center.

Remove Yard Debris

Before the summer months come to an end, you should spend a weekend moving any debris that is within a few feet of your home. That includes bushes that have grown too large, piles of outdoor toys, and firewood.

Protect Your Trash Cans

Many pests need quite a bit of food to survive during the winter, and that makes trash cans very enticing. If your trash cans don’t have a locking mechanism, then you might want to try rodent repellent or speak with one of our team members about other preventative options.

Check Your Drainage System

An effective drainage system will prevent rainwater and melted snow from collecting near your home’s foundation. At least once every few weeks, homeowners should spend some time inspecting and cleaning all of their rain gutters and downspouts so pests won’t have any access to standing water.

These few pest control tips are a great start, but you will also need to work with professionals. Please call Colorado Pest Pros at 720-422-1083 or contact us online to schedule a seasonal service call with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.