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Action Pest Control Warns Homeowners Against Fall Pest Invasions

Box elder bug on the tip of a leaf

During the fall months, smaller pests including spiders, rodents, and over-wintering pests like ladybugs and box elder bugs, 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.”

Action Pest Control advises homeowners to take some precautionary measures in keeping pests at bay this fall by following these steps:

  • 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.

We also encourage 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 pest professional to inspect and treat the potential problem.