As the temperature drops, the number of critters itching to get inside increases. From rodents to insects, it’s often as hard to tell where they’re coming from as it is to get them out. This season, use these tips to prevent having to share your living space with any and all unwelcome guests.
Take a walk.
Before the weather gets too chilly, take a walk around the exterior of your home. Be on the lookout for any visible openings and holes. Keep in mind that smaller critters don’t require large openings. For instance, a mouse can make their way through an opening that is no bigger than a dime. If you do come across any holes, patch them up with a little putty or a piece of wood.
Lock it up.
If you don’t plan on using an outdoor shed or garage during the colder months, be sure that it’s locked and sealed to the best of your abilities. A critter is more likely to make a quiet area their home than a place with heavy foot traffic. It’s also advisable to keep mulch and grass seeding up high and out of sight.
Keep plants at a safe distance.
There’s a better chance of critters making a mad dash for the door if plants are in close proximity. Relocate potted plants to a spot that’s furthest from the door. If your garden happens to be close by, be sure to remove all weeds and trim back the plants throughout the season.
Call an expert.
If you’ve taken the above precautions and are still unsure if your house is properly prepared, call in a pro. Pest control companies can do a thorough check of the interior and exterior to help reduce the chances of a critter creeping into your space during the fall months.
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