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This is because pests ranging from tiny insects to large rodents begin seeking shelter from the freezing temperatures of the upcoming winter. If left unchecked, a pest infestation can spin out of control. For this reason, it’s absolutely vital to practice effective fall pest prevention to ensure a safe and comfortable home.

Fall Pest Prevention Tips

Pest prevention is especially beneficial in the fall because it represents a transition period from summer pests to winter pests. By stopping the transition in its tracks, you set yourself up to be pest-free for the rest of the year. Make sure you follow these tips:

  • Pests love clutter, dirt, crumbs, and leftovers. As such, the most important thing you can do is deep clean your home. Wipe down the counters, vacuum the floors, clean out the trashcans, and practice proper storage to make your home less inviting to pests. Don’t forget to clean under appliances and furniture while you’re at it.

  • While the weather is still on your side, it’s time to perform a perimeter check of your house. Look for holes, cracks, crevices, and any other point of entry that pests can slip through. Don’t trick yourself into believing a hole is too small for them. It’s not. Use silicone caulk to fill all the holes and cracks you find.

  • Dry as a bone: objective is to dry everything up. The less moisture standing or in the air, the less inviting your home is for pests seeking shelter.

  • This is not the time to relax your standards outside. Make sure the grass stays mowed, the bushes trimmed, and all plants and trees near the house pruned back before it gets too cold. If you store firewood, make sure it’s kept a minimum of 20 feet away from the house and stored up off the ground.

  •  Remember, pests are seeking shelter. It stands to reason that bags, boxes, packages, and other similar items might be hiding spots for them until they find a home base; i.e. your home. As such, it’s important to inspect everything before bringing them inside.

  • One of the most effective things you can do is invest in proactive professional pest coverage that is done quarterly or monthly. By doing so, you place the measures needed to ensure extra protection.

Stay Protected with Witt Pest Management

Effective pest control is only possible when done the smart way. This means proactive and responsive pest control, which is why we provide a range of pest control plans designed with your unique needs in mind. With over 100 years of experience in the Pittsburgh area, we know what it takes to ensure you remain pest-free in the fall and all the other seasons.

Are you ready to invest in fall pest prevention? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection. Witt Pest Management can get your home pest-free. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control options.

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