Summer may be ending but that doesn’t mean pests are done bugging you. Some pests sneak into homes in fall to find a safe place to stay until winter passes. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent fall pests. We’ve made a list of tips to help you keep bugs out of your home this fall.
1. Seal Entry Points
The best way to prevent bugs from sneaking inside is sealing potential entry points.
- Check for cracks and gaps around the exterior and interior of your home. Seal any you find.
- Don’t forget to examine the foundation of your home and the area around doors and windows.
- Repair or replace tears in window and door screens.
- Check for and repair loose screens.
- Repair or replace worn weather stripping.
2. Minimize Moisture
Fall pests are attracted to moisture, so keeping your space dry can help to deter them.
- Repair or replace leaky pipes, faucets, or appliances.
- Check for leaks in ceilings and fix the problem.
- Remove items in your yard that collect water.
- Keep your gutters clean to avoid moisture build-up.
- Use a dehumidifier in damp areas of your home to reduce moisture.
3. Keep Your Space Clean
Keeping your home and yard clean can help to reduce potential hiding spots and food sources.
- Remove clutter from your home, especially in areas where bugs gravitate including basements, garages, and attics.
- Store clothes and items in plastic bins with lids instead of cardboard boxes.
- Clean up crumbs and spills as soon as you see them.
- Don’t leave food out overnight. Keep your sink free of dirty dishes.
- Store pet food in a sealed container. Pests have no problem snacking on your furry family member’s food.
- Remove debris and trash from your yard.
4. Clear the Area Around Your Home
If pests are drawn to things near your house, they are only a few short steps away from entering your home.
- Trim shrubs, trees, and plants so they aren’t touching the side of your house.
- Make sure there’s space between your home’s foundation and mulch.
- Don’t store firewood against your house. Place it several feet away from your home and inspect it for bugs before bringing it inside.
- Clear away yard debris including leaves, weeds, twigs, and rocks.
5. Use Plant-Based Insecticide Sprays
Using plant-based insecticide sprays can help to prevent and control fall pest problems.
- Spray the perimeter of your yard and home with a plant-based insecticide spray. Our Yard Bug Spray kills pests on contact and has repellent properties. This repellency acts as a protective barrier helping to keep pests away.
- You can also spray common entry points with our Home Bug Spray. It kills a variety of pests on contact and provides you with residual repellency. This will help to deter pests from slipping into your home.
Pests may be looking for their winter vacation spot, but you don’t have to welcome them. Taking the time to bug-proof your space can help prevent pest problems. If you’re dealing with pests, we’re here to help! For a more environmentally and family-friendly solution, check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products.