Protecting your home against Pests this Fall

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Even though children in the South have been back in school for a couple of months, and high school and college football a few games into the season, it is still not too cold out, and many people find it hard to believe that summer is over. However, it is time to look into winterizing, and part of that is the effort to keep pests out of your home. Most creatures hibernate for the winter—diapause for insects—but rats and mice can’t hibernate and must look for warmth and shelter like people do. A way into someone’s house is like winning the lottery for them. How can you protect your home against these hungry intruders?

Eliminate Food Sources

Be sure that you take out the trash regula rlsy, and keep a tightly fitting lid on your outdoor trash bin. Keep dog food tightly closed. Store open packages of food in containers with lids. Also, if you feed the birds during the fall, keep the feeders away from your house. Clean up spilled bird seed promptly.

Get rid of Debris—including Firewood

Mice like to hide under fallen branches, leaf and compost piles, old bricks and boards. Firewood must be at least 20 feet from your house, although it seems silly to have the wood so far away on a cold night, it is actually better than reaching into the pile and coming up with an armload of mice. Be sure and clean out your gutters, too. If rodents build a nest, it is much easier for them to move into your house. After all, a mouse can slip through an opening the size of a dime!!

Seal openings

A window left ajar, or any cracks in foundations or window frames can be an invitation for hungry mice or even bats and squirrels this fall. Use high-grade exterior silicone to seal these openings. Put wire mesh over a larger area and check where pipes and utilities enter your house.

Check your roof, too

Remove any tree branches that could provide a bridge for scampering rodents and wildlife to get onto your roof and into your house. Branches should be trimmed back at least 8-10 feet from the roof. Chimneys are a common nesting site for bats, birds, squirrels, and raccoons, as well. So if you don’t already have one, get a chimney cap to keep creatures out and prevent serious blockages. Attic vents seals should be tight; and be sure to patch any holes, even tiny ones. Stop any sources of liquid entering your home because roaches seek moisture.  Also, be sure and check air conditioning units for leaks, and check pipes and drains for leaks that will get worse over the winter.

General Fall Clean up

Take stock of your garage, shed, and yard. Anything gathering dust can double as a bed for rodent families. Also, don’t keep anything next to the house that could be used as a cover for pests.

Pest Control in Nashville

Pests of any kind deserve their label! Don’t get discouraged or scared. Fall pests are no match for Nashville’s pest control company Ameri Care Services. If you need help or want a trusted professional to give your house a fall once-over, call us at Ameri Care Services by calling (615) 893-7111 in the Nashville, Mt Juliet, and Murfreesboro areas.