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Tips To Keep Bugs Away This Fall

As the weather gets colder in Rochester, New York, bugs and other pests look for a cozy area to settle down and find food. Unfortunately, our homes are often the most convenient places for them to get shelter. The good news is that fall is the best time to take steps to keep out these little critters; the weather is not cold enough yet to prevent you from working around the house. However, the sooner you get started with this process, the better, because you’ll have more success at keeping bugs out over the next few months when you do so. If you are trying to keep pests away this fall, follow these tips for the best chances of success.

Clear The Clutter

Pests are much more likely to move into your yard (and eventually your house) if there are places for them to find shelter. Keep the grass cut. Don’t let leaves accumulate on your property. Trim back bushes and make sure there aren’t any tree branches extending close to your home. Examine the yard for standing water; if you find any potentially problematic areas, take steps to keep those places dry. Don’t leave out toys or yard equipment, as doing so could allow water to accumulate on and around them. If you have a pile of firewood, move it as far away from the house as possible, and put it on a raised bed so that it isn’t touching the ground.

Look Low

If you have a basement or crawlspace, it is important to examine these areas closely. Make sure you wear protective clothing and bring a flashlight with you. Keep an eye out for anything that may indicate a pest infestation; for example, if you shine your light in a dark corner and see several roaches scatter, you know there is an issue. Once you are aware that a problem exists, you can take steps to fix the problem. Have the yard exterminated, and look for entry points to seal up. Doing so will help prevent another infestation.

Use Plastic Containers

It is not a good idea to leave food in bags or cardboard containers. Rather, invest in plastic storage containers so that you can securely put away food. Not only do these containers keep your items fresher, but they make it much more difficult for bugs to gain access to a food source. While you’re at it, make sure to store your pet food the same way. Without a supply of food readily available, bugs may decide to keep moving rather than setting up residence in your home.

Get In A Routine

It’s easy to fall into bad habits that allow pests to get comfortable on your property. In general, decluttering is essential: you don’t want to have piles of cardboard or other items in your house because it gives bugs a place to hide. Don’t overstuff your trash can, either. When it is full, remove it and take it directly outside; do not tie it up and leave it in your kitchen. If you notice a problem, like a leaky faucet, make sure to have someone look at it right away. Water attracts all kinds of pests and rodents. Finally, always clean up from dinner before you go to bed. Leaving dishes sitting in the sink is a recipe for disaster.

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. It is also the perfect time for you to prepare for the cold winter months ahead, but be aware that the bugs in and around your property are doing the same thing. That doesn’t mean that you have to accept a pest infestation as a fact of life, however. By taking a few simple steps to “bug-proof” your home, you can make a huge difference in the number of little critters you see this year.

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Luckily, you aren’t alone. Call Fox Pest Control for a free estimate. Our home protection plans are guaranteed to bring results. You want to be pest-free? Our Pest Pro Technicians work hard to get the job done and get it done right the first time. Don’t wait. Call today. Pests … it’s what we do.

Posted on November 27, 2019.

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