With the approach of fall and winter, we get to enjoy milder evenings, and decreased insect activity. But do you ever wonder where they go? The answer is that some species migrate to warmer climates, but the majority stay put and seek out warm, dark places to hibernate or plant their eggs or larva. And it’s not just insects; other pests such as raccoons, opossums, and squirrels love the warmth and comfort of attics and crawl spaces!
The Bug Man, Inc. has been Arkansas’ leading provider of pest and wildlife control for 40 years and counting, and our team is a phone call away if you ever have an infestation of household pests. But there’s nothing like an “ounce of prevention”, and we’ve put together a list of a few easy things that you can do on your own to make your home less accessible to pests:
Crawl spaces are notorious for attracting moisture, which attracts bugs, which then go from the crawl spaces to the living spaces. To help prevent infestation crawl spaces need to be sealed and a moisture barrier installed.Some vents can be closed automatically or manually, or you can cover them from the outside with styrofoam. Make sure that you’re getting a secure seal on your vents, and that your access doors are secured. For even more protection, installation of a dehumidifier can keep problem areas under control.
Inspect your eaves, and look for water damage and visible holes in your soffit and fascia. Also, be sure that your roof shingles are in good shape, and that there aren’t gaps around roof turbine vents, chimneys, and gas exhausts. You’d be surprised at how small an opening that a squirrel or raccoon can squeeze through!
If you feel a draft around a door that opens to the outside, you’re vulnerable. The good news is that brush door seals are very effective, and take minutes to install. They make a door sweep brush for all sized gaps (even as large as 4”), and their densely woven bristles will keep your household heating in, and keep the bugs out!
Household pests want to be in your home as much as you do, but they’re not very courteous guests. The good news is that keeping them outside is easy and inexpensive. If you have any questions, give us a call at (501) 663-9464, or you can contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation pest prevention consultation!