The warm, Summer days are coming to a close and as we slowly transition into Fall, it is easy to forget that pest activity does not necessarily disappear with the balmy breezes and flip flops that are indicative of the hot summer months. In fact, over the course of summer, the warm weather provides the perfect opportunity for certain pests to breed and colonize new areas in and around your home. The summer months would have seen a proliferation of everything from stinging insects and flies to ants and mosquitoes.
As if summertime pests weren’t bad enough, entering the cooler months is sure to bring about a new season of pest activity and a host of challenges for homeowners. Not to be outdone, pests such as spiders and rodents are only too eager to invade your home this Fall, in an effort to stay warm and escape the cold reality of the cooler months.
Truly Nolen of Mansfield, OH identifies some of the common pests that present a problem to homeowners during these fall months and explores tips for keeping your home pest free. Here, we also learn about Truly Nolen’s treatment approach, aimed at addressing pest activity that is specific to this time of the year.
Common Fall pests – What you need to know.
As the weather changes, certain pest activity will decrease, while others will be more active as they prepare for the cold months ahead. This is the opportune time for homeowners to take the necessary precautions in order to prevent Fall pests from entering the home.
As we enter into the cooler part of the year, rodents are keen on finding warm areas to settle into. Attics and basements make the coziest retreats for rats and mice that are extremely capable of finding sneaky ways to enter your home, even through the smallest of openings.
Both rats and mice are vectors of disease and their need to stay close to food and water sources means that seeking refuge in your home is ideal for them as the weather gets colder.
Although many common varieties of spiders pose no significant threat to us, spider activity within the home may increase as summer comes to an end, as these pests are seeking a quiet, warm place to call home for the next few months. Addressing a spider problem early on can prevent these guys from laying eggs in areas of the home such as basements, tops of cabinets, inside closets and more. It is also important to avoid the growth of the spider population as they are also a source of food for other pests in the home.
Perhaps one of the worst Fall pests, guilty of triggering allergies and exacerbating issues such as asthma, roaches are one of the primary vehicles for the contamination of food and the spread of pathogens and bacteria. Your home provides the perfect environment for roaches to stay close to food and warmth, so an increase in roach activity during this time is not uncommon.
Fall Head over Heels with Keeping your Home Pest Free
While you and your family are relishing the last remnants of Summer, Fall pests are already looking for ways to start to prepare as the weather cools down. Homeowners can still fall head over heels with keeping their home pest free by taking extra steps at doing their own control and prevention:
- Monitor areas of the home prone to rodents (entry points, basements, cabinets, etc.) for indications of possible infestation (mouse/rat droppings, gnawed electrical wiring).
- Keep both exterior and interior trash in lidded bins.
- Avoid letting debris and clutter pile up on both the exterior and interior of the home. This gives rodents the perfect hiding spot!
- Maintain regular service and treatment of spiders throughout the year.
- Trim any shrubs or trees that are close to the home as overhanging branches make an easy roadway for spiders to get in.
- Eliminate any existing cobwebs that you may see.
- Avoid leaving piles of clothes or newspapers in any one area for too long as spiders like to hide in dark, quiet places.
- Keep food in tightly sealed containers and avoid leaving used dishes out in exposed areas.
- Holes or gaps on the exterior of the home make for easy entry so be sure to have these caulked and sealed.
- Avoid bringing boxes into the home where possible, instead unpacking prior to going indoors.
- Monitor dark, damp areas such as under the sinks and near faucets and appliances as roaches tend to gravitate toward these areas.
Truly Nolen – Treatment Approach to Fall Pests
As the long days of summer come to a close, pests will aim to make their way inside your home as a means of protection from the outdoor elements, and to continue their feeding and breeding habits in a more controlled environment. Based on this seasonal change in pest behavior, Truly Nolen adapts to meet the needs of homeowners looking for safe and effective pest treatment that will eradicate brewing infestations and eliminate pests inside the home.
Using advanced application methods and techniques, Truly Nolen’s innovative approach to tackling wintering pests involves using naturally occurring and environmentally friendly products that work to minimize pest resistance over time. This method is a more proactive approach designed to keep working throughout the year.
Some of the techniques used are:
- Botanical aerosols to naturally eliminate pests hiding in closets or cabinets.
- Removing spider webs from windows, beams and ceilings.
- Setting of bait stations throughout the home, especially under bathroom and kitchen sinks.
- Application of powder to treat pests hiding in smaller areas of the home (window and door frames, eaves and fixtures).
- Placing monitoring stations in specific areas to trap pests.
- Dust treatment in small crawl spaces and attic.
Through targeted methods and applications, Truly Nolen is able to utilize innovative means to keep your home pest free from Summer into Fall and keep you falling in love with your home. Call your local Truly Nolen of Mansfield pest professional today at 419-520-9290 for a pest inspection.