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Tips to Protect Your Home From Unwanted Pests

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It's the time of year when the air gets crisp and cool, the leaves begin to change, and families come together for times of celebration and fun. Unfortunately, your in-laws aren’t the only visitors overstaying their welcome. Fall in Georgia means pests like mice, rats, spiders, and cockroaches are searching for a cozy place to bunker down for the winter.  Here are some common pests that invade your home and a few tips for keeping pests out of your home this fall.

Common Pests That Invade Your Home

Termites

Did you know that termites are active throughout the entire year, including fall? These bugs don’t ever take a break! They are all about eating and reproducing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is why termite colonies get so big, and why an exterminator should be called in as soon as termites are suspected. Termites are not usually visible in the fall, so an inspection might be needed to accurately detect their presence. You can save yourself thousands of dollars of damage with preventative termite control before infestations get out of hand.

Rodents

Like termites, rodents are also a year-round dilemma in Georgia. However, most people don’t see rodents until the fall season rolls around. This is when rodents move nests and start scrambling for food sources. Rodents can not only cause damage to electrical wiring within your home, but they also carry diseases. It is always a good idea to call in the professionals if rodents are seen or if their droppings are present. It is hard to effectively eliminate these pests without professional help.

Fleas

Fleas can be brought into your home by pets or rodents. Flea bites are itchy and can be problematic for people with flea allergies. They are stubborn pests that can be very difficult to get rid of on your own. Oftentimes repeated bombings and sprayings are unsuccessful and can be harmful to members of the household. Professional assistance is often needed to get rid of these unwelcome guests once and for all.

How to Keep Pests Away From Your Home

Move Debris & Wood Away from Your Home

Termites and other wood-destroying insects aren’t the only pests drawn to the neatly stacked piles of firewood waiting to be burned on a cozy November night. Wood and debris provide a safe place for rodents and roaches to hide - and firewood stored near your home gives them an easy way to get inside. Keep firewood and other debris several yards away from your home to ensure that pests seeking refuge can’t easily make their way to your home’s interior. Similarly, keep trees and shrubs trimmed so that nothing touches your home’s exterior. Overgrown bushes and branches act as a bridge for pests. These bridges may allow pests to bypass the exterior treatment your pest professional has applied.

Store Food and Trash in Airtight Containers

Pests are looking for two simple things when they’re in your home - food, and shelter. Keep that Halloween candy, those Thanksgiving leftovers, and your famous Christmas fudge locked in airtight containers to prevent pests from enjoying a holiday feast. Wipe your kitchen counters clear of crumbs and don’t leave garbage sitting in your kitchen. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink as pests, especially roaches, will be drawn to the food and water for the nourishment they’re looking for. 

Seal Cracks and Holes 

Mice and other rodents can fit through incredibly small spaces. A tiny crack in your foundation, the torn piece of weatherstripping on your front door, and even though the plumbing pipes. Take some time to complete an assessment of your home and fill cracks and holes as necessary, caulking your windows and replacing weatherstripping can also help save a bit of energy by keeping your warm heat inside your home.

Regularly Treat Your Home for Pests

When it comes to pest control in Georgia, your safest bet for complete protection from unwanted pests like rodents and roaches is a recurring pest control service. Over-the-counter DIY methods might be effective for a short period of time, but to get the results you’re looking for you should find a pest control team that you trust. What’s more, over the counter treatments can put you and your family, including your four-legged family members, at risk if not executed properly. 

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