September 22nd was officially the first day of Fall, and as temperatures dip below 100-degrees, there is no better time then now to take a look at some pest control prevention tips.
- Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, along with any other areas where homes may be open to the outdoors – like mail slots and pet doors.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Pests are attracted to areas with moisture, which they need to survive. Using dehumidifiers in basements and garages can help keep these areas dry.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention to points where utility pipes enter the structure. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime, and rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter.
- Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers, and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles. Crumbs and a buildup of garbage are attractive to pests scrounging for food. It is recommended to clean up after each meal and to properly close garbage cans when they are stored in the home or garage.
- Replace weatherstripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows, as these are places that could allow pests access inside your home.
Whether you’re in Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek or Phoenix, Fall is the perfect time to start some prevention tasks. The weather is below 100-degrees, which means it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and take care of these pest control prevention details.
Of course, you can always call Magic Pest Control!