Don’t let your home become the ideal breeding zone for pests. Despite the cooler weather, many pests are still very active and some tend to seek warmth inside your home.
Take precautions to keep the common autumn pests out of your home and follow our professional pest control advice. The first thing you should consider doing is taking measures to exclude or keep them out in the first place. This may involve:
- Sealing up cracks, crevices, and holes around window and door framing
- Installing draft excluders (weather strips) at the bottom of doors
- Ensuring fly screens are fitted properly over all windows
You'll save on both electricity bills and the need to use pest control services.
Another important aspect of pest prevention is reducing the attraction of your premises to pests, like:
- Regularly cleaning cobwebs from external lighting, eaves, windows, etc. Webs catch moths, flies, mozzies, etc which represent a meal for spiders
- Keeping lawns short and gardens well maintained to reduce harbourages for pests like rats, mice, cockroaches, spiders, ants and so on
- Making sure garbage bins are in good condition with tightly closing lids
- Minimising lawn clippings and pet droppings, which are ideal breeding mediums for flies and other insects
Discover the four ways you can make your home less attractive to pests here!
Many people assume pest activity is lower when the weather cools. This is not entirely correct. Pest activity can increase in Autumn due to the compounding effect of persistent hot and humid conditions from the previous spring and summer months. If Autumn is warm, pests may extend their adult lifespans and even continue the breeding cycles, which will produce new generations of pests when the eggs hatch in the ensuing spring.
Common pests during Autumn
If you live near restaurants or other food related businesses, there is a higher risk of rat infestations. Rodents are directly associated with life-threatening diseases such as Bubonic Plague, Typhus and Salmonella. For more information on rat prevention, click here.
Cockroaches like to invade common household appliances, such as rice cookers, toasters, and kettles. They can also trigger an allergic reaction or an asthma attack. Cockroaches are notorious for their resilience, so it's essential to eliminate these pests. For more information on preventing a cockroach infestation, click here.
When was the last time you inspected the cracks and crevices around your home? Spiders often hide in lighting, pipes, doorways and window areas. If you spot venomous spiders taking up residence in your home, you should consider professional help to keep your family safe.
These little, unwanted creeps love sharing your bed. Check out our infographic on where to look if you suspect bed bug activity in your home.
So if you're thinking of leaving food lying around for convenience sake, think again. You may be attracting unwanted guests into your home. Speaking of unwanted guests, have you seen our latest commercial? Watch it out here.
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