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Keep pests out of the home this fall

Posted On: 08/24/2012

Summertime isn't the only season when bugs attempt to invade homes. When the autumn weather hits, the natural resources an insect relies on for survival become increasingly scarce. This can cause backyard bugs to march into homes as they search for food and shelter. No matter what sort of pests an area is known for, almost any bug can get into a residence and set up a home. As the weather begins to cool this fall, it is important for homeowners to be vigilant about pest control measures in order to prevent an infestation.

Make homes unfriendly to pests
Insects come into homes in a search for food, water and shelter that are no longer available to them outdoors. It is important to make sure these resources are not available to them. Make sure dirty dishes are washed promptly, teach all family members to put food away in tightly sealed containers and wipe down counters and other surfaces that tend to accumulate crumbs. These steps will prevent pests from finding food in the home. Deny insects water by getting rid of standing water in or around the home.

Ensure there are no entry points
Keep insects away by denying them access to the home. Once the air conditioning is turned off to let the cool fall breezes in, it's important to check screens and make sure there are no tears or holes. Inspect the exterior of the home to ensure there are no ways bugs can get in. Any cracks should be sealed, since a small pest can easily squeeze through a tiny area. Doors should close completely and not have any extra space at the sides or underneath that a bug could sneak through. While examining the outside of the home, it is also important to check on plants that are near the house. Bushes, trees and shrubs that are right up against windows or doors can provide easy access for some insects, who use them to crawl up to an entry point.

Keep the problem under control
When a homeowner has carefully taken the proper precautions to avoid a fall infestation, it can be discouraging to discover a pest inside the home. Although one bug may not be a problem, it can be a sign of a larger infestation. Keeping an eye out for more of the insects will reveal if a bigger issue exists. If fall pest troubles are discovered, it is important to have insect control professionals assess the situation. Exterminators can take a look at the problem, recommend the best form of treatment and let a homeowners know other preventative steps to take in the future.

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