Keeping pests off your property is not a one-and-done proposition. It takes year-round action and proper prevention to stay protected from the many different kinds of invasions that can hit your home or business. Learning what signs to look for and what steps to take will help you stay up on all the things you need to do year-round.
Seasonal Pest Populations
While bug populations and mammals are most visible during the summer, pest populations can be a problem at other times of the year, too. As outdoor temperatures drop, the pests populations that have grown during the summer will look for indoor areas where they can find food, water, and shelter.
Once they’ve hunkered down, these pest problems can become full-blown infestations by winter. That’s why you have to keep up on proper prevention and why you should turn to professionals for thorough inspections and treatments.
Here are just some of the pests that can become a big problem later in the year:
Warm-blooded mammals must find shelter to survive the cold, so rats and mice will invade a property looking for warmth. Once they’ve nested, they will raid for food and water.
Another disease-ridden pest like rodents, cockroaches can spread harmful bacteria and diseases. They similarly will look for areas to wait out the winter, preferring dark, moist places.
As people and pests spend more time indoors as the weather cools, they risk encounters with small parasites like bed bugs, which can hitchhike rides inside people’s homes and grow their population as fall weather hits. By then, it’s too late to truly get them under control.
The Problems Of A Pest Infestation
Pests are more than just unsightly nuisances, they can pose far greater risks to your health and property. Here are just some of the common problems that can accompany a fall infestation:
Several of the most common fall pests can track dangerous diseases with them. Even if a pest isn’t a carrier for a particular pathogen, it can introduce fleas, ticks, and other parasites to your property that also spread disease.
Pests can cause a variety of different types of damage, from bite marks and stains to more serious structural damage.
While it’s the least life-threatening of these problems, the odor that pests cause is often the most noticeable problem. The filth they live in and spread around isn’t pleasant, contributing to musty smells that permeate a property.
Fall Pest Prevention For Your Property
Rather than have to deal with the above problems, responsible property owners know that taking preventative steps early can help you avoid the worst side effects of an infestation.
Here are some simple measures you can take to keep your property protected:
To address all the crumbs and food traces that attract pests inside, you have to keep up on deep cleaning. But this isn’t just a springtime step, you should frequently clean your property, especially in hard-to-reach areas like under heavy appliances.
The same goes for any debris, either out in the yard or clutter in the home, that can provide havens for pests. Consider getting rid of any unnecessary items you may have in storage, and frequently check around piles of containers or materials where pests can hide.
Cracks or holes, even faulty window screens and door jams, all of these can provide easy access points for pests. Regularly check for these faults and repair or replace items when necessary.
The worst part of a pest infestation is how long it can grow without your knowledge. Only thorough, routine inspections by an expert pair of eyes can truly catch the early warning signs.
The Best Pest Defense From Romney
Since proper pest prevention is a year-round problem, it can be daunting to take on all by yourself. Thankfully, some local professionals are eager and happy to help.
At Romney Pest Control, our friendly staff can provide you with an inspection of your home or business, helping to determine your level of risk for fall pest problems. If we spot warning signs, even if we just need to take proper prevention steps to ensure that pests don’t invade, you can count on us to act quickly and effectively.