Going indoors when the weather is bad just makes sense. People do it, and animals and insects want to do it, as well. Because of that drive for protection from the elements, you can find that there are suddenly fall pests in your home that you weren't looking for. You could end up with mice, rats, and rodents, along with ladybugs and stinkbugs, just to name a few. A ladybug infestation might seem better than a stinkbug infestation, but neither one of those things are good for a home or its occupants. In order to avoid the fall pests and reduce the risk of problems, there are some things you can do to get ready for fall.
Keeping mice out of your home is one of the best ways to enjoy fall without worrying about rodents. If you have a cat, or you plan to get one, that can be an excellent way to keep mice away. Naturally, mice don't want to be around anything that's going to prey on them, so getting a cat for mice control can work very well. If you don't like cats, are allergic, or can't have one where you live, though, there are plenty of other things you can do. First, you'll want to understand how to find mice entry points. That way you can seal off these open areas and put repellents there to stop mice from coming into your house in the first place.
Setting traps also works for rodent control, and keeping your home very clean can help, as well. Not everyone likes to use traps, but cleaning is something everyone can do. If there isn't anything for the mice to eat, they're far less likely to come inside. A clean, swept, well-kept home that doesn't have any food out where it can be easily accessed makes things easier for the homeowner and much harder for the mice. The same types of tips apply to rat control, as rats tend to get into homes for the same basic reasons that mice do -- shelter and food.
There's more to fall pest control than just mice and rats. Other types of creatures can also be a problem. To get rid of a lot of insects and other pests, there are some fall pest prevention tips you'll want to pay attention to. Find all the entry points where pests are getting in, and seal them. That can mean securing your dryer vent, caulking around doors and windows, and repairing areas of soffit where there are holes or gaps. Making sure there isn't any moisture or dampness helps, as well, as does getting rid of the insects' or rodents' food supply.
If you have mice or rats in your home, or you're dealing with ladybugs, stinkbugs, or other types of pests, contact us today at Clint Miller Exterminating. We understand that pests can really be a problem, and we want you to have a clean, safe, and comfortable home to enjoy. You may not be sure what kinds of pests you're dealing with, and that's all right. We can take a look and determine if you need mice or rat control, or both. We'll also address other pests while we're there, so you can stop bugs and spiders from getting into your home during the fall.