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Why Pest Control Is Still Important In The Fall

September 11, 2019

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The survival instinct is a strong motivator. It is the one thing all creatures have in common, including humans. When the sun is too hot, most look for shade and water, when the rain is pouring down, and lighting is flashing overhead, creatures in danger look for shelter, and when it is getting colder and colder outside many pests look for a warm place to lay low until the weather begins to heat back up. All of these things are not a problem until survival instincts start pushing critters into our homes. Around this time of year, as the weather cools down, more and more pests are being driven to find shelter—is your house going to be their target this year?


What Pests Look For In A Home

Fall is house-hunting time for pests, and real estate is good here in Souderton. For most pests, it doesn’t take long for them to find a home that meets all of their basic expectations. Take a look at the following list to see if your home has what they are looking for.

  • An accessible source of water. This can come from a leaky pipe, broken gutters, leaky faucets, or if the pest is small enough, a high amount of humidity in the air.

  • Available food sources. What type of food depends on the pests, but generally if you have left out food, crumbs on the floor, spilled beverages, or even food packaged in thin cardboard boxes such as cereal, cake mix, or pasta, pests will have everything their bellies crave.

  • Shelter. Depending on the pest, the necessities for shelter may change. For most, a wall void or cluttered storage area is all they need to build a home.

  • A way in. If pests can find a hole, crack, or gap in your home's exterior, they can get inside. Most times, the opening doesn't even have to be that large. In the case of mice, they only need a hole the size of a nickel to squeeze into your house.


How To Keep Fall Pests Out

Limiting the above attractants is the best way to keep fall pests out of your house. Here are some ways you can do this.

  • Fix the leaky piping in your home.

  • Make sure your gutters are all in good working order and flowing freely.

  • Install dehumidifiers in the humid areas of your home.

  • Repair broken or torn window and door screens.

  • Clean regularly.

  • Store leftover food in airtight containers.

  • Store boxed foods inside of larger plastic containers.

  • Clear the clutter in and around your house.

  • Use a caulking gun and wire mesh to fill in holes in the exterior foundation.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.


The Best Way To Keep Pests Out

If doing all of the above seems like a lot of work that you just do not have time for, Moyer Pest Control has an easier option for you. Our pest control plans are designed to keep a variety of fall pests such as mice, rats, and cockroaches out of homes. We would be happy to provide these services to you. 

Are you interested to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your home? Contact us today.

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