While wrapping your large comfy scarf around you, sipping on your hot apple cider, and basking in the glorious red-orange colors of autumn, keep in mind the bugs that tend to lurk around this time of year.
There are a great number of things you can do to minimize risk of an infestation this fall. Check out these tips from The Family Handyman:
#1 The bugs may just want to move in with you.
During this time of year, bugs are usually in search of warm areas to eat and sleep. Therefore, they might find your homes and garages the perfect fall/winter hideout.
#2 The gang’s all here.
Do not be fooled into thinking that certain insect types vanish at this point in the year. Rather ants, fleas, cockroaches, and many other insect types are in search of a fall/winter hideout.
#3 Clean the foliage.
Remove any mulch, wet soil, strewn leaves, and other brush away. Trim away trees and bushes, so that they are not bumping against your home. These spots contain exactly the materials bugs will seek out for shelter. You want to minimize the possible hideaways that bugs might find around your home.
#4 Now for the inside…
Indoor spaces, like your garage, closets, crawlspaces, and basements, might also appeal to these pests. Be sure to complete a total examination of these areas. When you do this, look for any and all evidence of pests or rodents, as well as any potential entry points.
What do all these spaces above have in common? They are often dark and prone to collect moisture. So, pay attention to any other areas in your home, such as underneath sinks and around faucets that may inadvertently be collecting moisture. Tighten any leaking pipes and repair any moisture damages.
#5 Seal the deal.
Make sure to block all entry points into your home. Insects can make their ways through the tiniest of holes or cracks. Inspect your windows and doorframes and make any necessary repairs.
Similarly, pay attention to areas with pipes or electrical lines entering in and out of your home. These areas may be providing an entry point for pests.