Tips on Dealing with Spooky Pests this Fall

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Household pests can be more than just a nuisance to homeowners. Some pests carry and transmit diseases, while others may infiltrate your pantry and packaged food and leave evidence of their presence behind, like chew marks or feces, ruining your belongings and contaminating your food. From creepy spiders to mice that fright, pest control experts in Murfreesboro at Ameri Care Services share tips on dealing with spooky pests this fall.

Some of the most common pests this time of year are ants, mice, and spiders. While ants and spiders don’t usually cause harm to humans, unless provoked, they can be irritating to homeowners. These pests make their way indoors this time of year, searching for shelter from the cold and food to eat. Ants will eat other bugs and human food, especially sweets. Spiders like to feast on other insects. So, if you see an influx of arachnids in your home, the chances are good that you have other unwanted bugs lurking around too.

Seal Cracks and Holes

The first step in controlling pests inside your home is to put a stop to entry points. Check the outside of your home, soffits, and roof for cracks or holes. Especially pay attention to areas where pipes or wires enter your home, like plumbing or cabling. Seal up these areas or hire a professional to do the job for you.

Replace Window and Door Weather Stripping

Pests also enter homes through door or window cracks. Therefore, inspect the weather stripping around your outside doors and windows. Weatherstripping wears out over time and could result in cracks that allow pests to enter. Additionally, you may find that replacing the weather stripping helps lower your energy costs as sealing these cracks will stop drafts from leaking through and causing your HVAC unit to run continuously or more often than it should. While you’re checking your windows, also check for holes in your window screens. Repair or replace the screens that are damaged.

Clean Your House

Pests search for food and shelter. Mice, specifically, like to burrow and hide in closets, under furniture, and inside boxes. In other words, the places you are least likely to clean. Therefore, clean your home regularly. Vacuum weekly, and reduce clutter and boxes by getting rid of items you no longer need. Store valuables or keepsakes in plastic sealed containers to prevent pests from ruining them.

Keep the Kitchen Clean

Kitchens are notorious for harboring pests of all kinds. That is expected since the kitchen is where food is kept, prepared, and eaten. Therefore, keep your kitchen clean by wiping down the counters and food prep surfaces after each meal. Wash dirty dishes promptly after a meal, and avoid leaving food out on the counter overnight. Also, ensure boxes and bags of packaged food (even your pet’s food) are kept sealed.

Take Trash Out Regularly

Everyone has trash, which is one of the first places pests go searching for food. Therefore, take the trash out every day to avoid leaving old leftovers and food scraps lingering in the can overnight. Be sure also to spray out or clean the inside of the trashcan if bags leak or the can becomes dirty with food residue.

Get Year-Round Pest Control

Perhaps one of the most effective ways to prevent pests this season is to sign up for year-round pest control services with a trusted company in Nashville. Year-round pest control means a customized solution to meet your home’s needs and reduce pests inside your home. At Ameri Care Services, our year-round pest control solution is helpful at reducing common household spiders, ants, roaches, water bugs, earwigs, silverfish, stink bugs, and more. This is especially a good time of year to begin pest control treatments before the holidays arrive. That way, you don’t have uninvited guests showing up to your holiday feast.

Year-Round Pest Control in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Hermitage

You don’t have to let ants, spiders, and mice spook you this season. Contact Ameri Care by calling (615) 893-7111 to learn more about pest control treatments near you in Nashville or Murfreesboro.