The temperatures are still getting up into the 80s and 90s here in Pittsburgh; so why on earth would you need to be thinking about winter right now? Overwintering pests are counting on the fact that you'll be taking full advantage of these good days for backyard barbecues, trips to the park, camping, and other outside activities while the temperatures are still nice. They're hoping that you won't take advantage of these warm days to make sure that your home's defenses are ready for the inevitable invasion that will take place in fall.
It happens every year, and this year will be no exception. Bugs and animals will look for a place to hide from the cold, and they may just choose your home. If you would prefer not to share your house with mice, rats, stink bugs, house flies, yellow jackets, and other overwintering pests, consider doing some, or all, of the following:
Make sure all your door and window screens are in good working condition. If there are any tears, holes, or gaps, get those screens repaired or replaced.
Inspect your door sweeps and make sure they are seating properly. If you don't have door sweeps, now is the perfect time to put them on. Not only will they help you save on your heating bill, they'll prevent bugs from squeezing into your home.
Do a detailed inspection of your exterior walls. If you see any entry points, use a caulking gun to seal them up. Pay close attention to any gaps around pipes and utilities. Remember that the tiniest hole can be an entry point for bugs.
Check around basement windows to make sure they are sealed properly. Replace any loose mortar or damaged weather stripping.
Make sure your gutters aren't obstructed or broken. Not only will bugs be drawn to these obstructions, but the water that runs over can cause areas of moisture near your home that will also draw bugs in.
Be sure to keep all exterior trash in air-tight receptacles. Open trash is an attractant for all bugs and wildlife.
Install screens on vents and chimney openings if you don't have them already.
Store firewood at least 20 feet from your exterior walls and elevate it off the ground.
If all this sounds like a lot of work and you'd rather be enjoying the warm days we have left, let Witt Pest Management take care of all that stuff for you. When you have a trained pest specialist take care of your fall prep, you'll know that every nook and cranny is protected.
Keep overwintering pests out with help from Pittsburgh's oldest and most advanced pest management company. Our QualityPro certified team is looking forward to working with you.