How to Pest-Proof Your Home for Fall
The change from summer to fall is a very active time for insects. Summer is a bountiful time for pests since there is an over abundance of food and the weather is very conducive for them. Basically they breed like crazy and as summer ends, the food sources dry up and pests begin to forage. In this blog, we discuss how to pest-proof your home as fall approaches so they don't decide to take up residence in your home.
Prevention is Worth the Effort
Doing little chores ahead of time to keep pests out of your home is much easier than taking on a full-blown infestation. It is much easier to treat pest problems outdoors as the options for taking care of pests are greater. To that end, there are a few things that you can do to help prevent fall pest problems.
First, make sure that your garbage cans and recycling are away from the house. Many people store their garbage cans and recycling next to their home, but this is a bad idea. All of that garbage and the sticky food residue in recycling attracts pests. Cockroaches love decaying food; in fact, that is exactly what they eat. So keeping garbage near your home is an open invitation for cockroaches to move into your home looking for more food or shelter from the elements. Ants are another problem, and the sticky food in recycled soda cans makes a wonderful attractant for them. In these cases, pest control is as easy as moving the garbage and recycle cans away from your house and your garage.
Fall Insects and Foraging
Most fall pests are foragers. They are branching out from their outdoor homes into your home looking for food, water and shelter. A good way to prevent them from using your home as their abode is to use the services of local pest control companies.
Pest control companies will lay down either a liquid pesticide around the outside of your home or a granular based pesticide. A granular pesticide with a time release option works well against foraging insects. Foraging insects harvest the granules and take back it to their colonies. Liquid pesticides typically work on contact, so they kill the foragers, but they do not kill the colony. But that means you have only solved half of your pest infestation issue. Instead, use a combination of liquid and granular pesticides. The liquid kills those insects wandering about looking for food while the granules get carted back to the colony where they work to kill off the pests at their source.
If you are concerned about the impact of pesticides on bees, granular pesticides work best because they have a low interaction with bees.
The Two-Prong Approach
The two ways to help prevent fall pest infestations is to be proactive at prevention and to set up a barrier defense that keeps foraging pests from entering you home. This two-prong program is successful because it takes advantage of the natural way that insects behave, especially as fall closes in on homeowners. The best place to start with fall pest control is with an inspection by Snowball Pest Control. Contact us today; we would be glad to help you keep these fall pests out of your home.