You’re probably aware of the problems that come with pests. Whether it be compromising your health or the structural safety of your home or commercial building, pests can be a real nuisance any time of year. However, as the seasons start to change and the crisp fall air starts blowing through Vancouver, so do the autumn critters. If you’re wondering why fall pest control is so important, here’s why:
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While pest control is important year-round, it’s particularly important during the chillier months. As the temperatures outside starts to drop, critters like to seek shelter in warm places. What’s better than your cozy basement to a family of mice? To avoid unwelcome pests from hibernating in your home this winter, make sure your fall is full of pest-free practices.
Tips for a Pest-Free Fall
To minimize the number of pests sneaking into your space, follow these tips:
- Minimize food droppings, including couch crumbs, rotting fruit, and dirty pet dishes.
- Take out your trash regularly to avoid attracting pests.
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Place screens over your attic and dryer vents, chimney openings, windows, and any area that opens to the outdoors.
- Check the outside of your home for easy access points such as cracks in the foundation, broken seals, or faulty pipes.
- Keep a well-ventilated and dry house, particularly the basement, attic, and crawl spaces.
- Clean out any leaves or debris from your gutters to prevent standing water and mildew.
- If you have firewood, store it at least 20 feet away from your home or commercial building.
- If you sense a pest infestation, call a licensed pest control contractor to get ahead of the problem.
Which Fall Pests Should You Look Out For?
While you may love frolicking in the fall leaves, some critters prefer to bask in the warmth of your home. To optimize your fall pest control, keep an eye out for these pesky creatures:
While bugs are annoying, rodents pose a huge threat to your health and safety. For starters, rats and mice love to hibernate in warm spaces during the fall and winter months. They’re also attracted to the smell of food – aren’t we all – and can be found hidden within the walls, pantries, and cupboards. Basically, if there’s food lying around, leave it to a mouse to sniff it out.
Rodents are particularly hazardous as they can carry dangerous illnesses and diseases. Something you’d probably prefer to keep out of your kitchen. While it may sound crazy, rodents have a slight skeletal frame that allows them to fit through small openings. Frightfully enough, a coin sized hole gives them plenty room to wriggle through.
Lastly, you don’t want these pests near your electrical wiring or building structures. They love to chew, but sadly teeth and wire don’t mix. If you have rodents in your home or commercial building, your risk of experiencing electrical fires and faulty structures greatly increases. Before these rodents start nesting within your insulation or leaving droppings throughout your space, contact our residential and commercial pest control team.
While you may be thinking ants are more of a summer problem, the cool weather tends to bring these pests indoors. To escape the crisp air, ants may crawl into your walls, bringing their colonies to set up shop in the foundation of your building. If you spot trails of ants in your home, get to work as soon as possible. Setting up ant traps can help, however, if it’s an infestation you may need the help of a professional.
A year-round annoyance, flies never seem to rest. As the summer ends, the warmth of your home or office can attract these winged pests. They’re very drawn to food smells, so be mindful of where you’re eating. Crumbs in your bed or couch cushions, rotting compost, or even food particles in your keyboard can attract flies.
Have a Pest Problem?
At Atlas Pest and Wildlife Control, we have over 40 years of experience in the industry. We’ve seen and treated every pest control problem you can imagine. As such, we have every confidence that we can provide you with the quickest and most efficient commercial and residential pest control services. Reach out today for a quick quote on our services near you!