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Autumn Pest Control Tips

During autumn, wasps and flies start to go away, but the colder weather means an increased risk of other common household pests. Sealing gaps and holes in your home can keep pests out, but professional pest control is necessary to get rid of pests who have gotten inside.

These autumnal pests include:

  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Bed bugs
  • Squirrels
  • Bats
  • Birds

Preventing Pests throughout the House

Here is a list of some common areas in your home that are vulnerable to pest problems, along with advice on preventing pests.

Attic

The attic is a great place for rodents like rats and mice to spend the winter. It gives them shelter, warmth and close proximity to your kitchen.

Prevention Tips

  • Replace damaged roof tiles
  • Fill cracks with roofing cement
  • Inspect roof space regularly
  • Keep attic tidy and clutter-free
  • Store items in plastic boxes, not cardboard

Pipes & Drains

There is more rain than sunshine during autumn, so it’s easy to notice problems with your gutters. Insects like cockroaches are attracted to moisture and a badly maintained downpipe is enticing to them.

Prevention Tips

  • Check downpipes regularly for leaks
  • Repair damage with gutter sealants
  • Check that drains are free flowing and remove obstructions

Bedrooms

As you’re switching out your clothes for the season, you might notice holes in your clothing. This could mean you have a moth problem.

Moth Prevention Tips

  • Check clothes regularly for damage
  • Use sticky traps or moth killer strips
  • Wash clothes and store in sealed bags
  • Vacuum and clean wardrobes/closets regularly

Another problem during the colder months is bedbugs, something no one wants to deal with. If you’ve been on vacation or invested in any secondhand furniture, you should be especially wary of bedbugs.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

  • Check all areas of your bed for blood, droppings or shed skin
  • Inspect your furniture and carpet
  • Wash the clothes you wore on vacation on a high-temperature setting
  • Wash bedding on a high-temperature setting
  • Thoroughly vacuum and clean your bedroom regularly

Kitchen

As the kitchen is a source of food, it is a common gathering place for both rodents and insects. Pests need food for survival just like us, so they gravitate towards this room the most.

Prevention Tips

  • Store food in air-tight containers
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
  • Regularly empty the trash
  • Clear food debris off the floor
  • Regularly clean and inspect under sinks, cookers and behind the fridge
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