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Don't Be Spooked By Pests This Fall

Black widow spinning a web on wood

The fall season is known to many as the time of year when the leaves change, the air becomes crisp and the nights grow longer. But, it is also a peak time for pests to make their way indoors seeking food, shelter, and warmth. Homeowners in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and other parts of Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois, are likely to experience increased pest activity inside the home as the seasons change.

During the fall months, smaller pests including spiders, cockroaches, and rodents search for a place to take refuge from the cold winter ahead – and houses are a great option. Unfortunately, these pests usually multiply fast, leading to greater infestation and pest problems. They can damage homes and can even become a danger to our health.

Experts at the National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food, and property from household pests, recommend the following tips to keep pests at bay this fall:

  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well-trimmed.

Action Pest Control encourages homeowners to always be on the lookout for telltale signs of a pest infestation. If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls, or observe gnaw marks on wires, it’s best to contact a home pest professional to inspect and treat the potential problem.

For more information on fall pests and how to protect your home, contact us for a free inspection.