How to Keep Pests Out This Fall: Tips and Tricks

Many people say that fall is their favorite time of the year. As the temperature drops and the leaves begin changing colors, you’ll love that you can curl up next to a roaring fireplace, decorate your home in shades of orange and brown and watch your kids get excited about Halloween. Before fall arrives though, you also need to think about the pests that will sneak inside to escape the cold weather. The top tips and tricks will help you protect your home from those pests.

Seal Entrances

Before fall starts, you should look over your home for any entrances and seal all the entrances that you see. Any opening like a crack in your foundation, a gap in the trim of a window or a hole in your siding serves as a way for pests to get inside. Squirrels and other types of small wild animals need an opening just the size of a quarter to get through. They can then build nests in the attic or your insulation and stick around until winter ends. Sealing entrances and openings to your home will keep those pests from getting inside.

Clean the Gutters

Another way to keep pests from invading your home is with a thorough cleaning of your gutters. The gutters on your home provide quick and convenient access to your home. While birds can build nests in the spring or summer, squirrels and other animals can use the gutters as a bridge to enter your home through an open window or another opening. They can use the gutters as a food source because of debris built up inside also. Clean the gutters in the fall to remove any debris and make any repairs needed.

Use Vinegar

Keep your home safe from pests like flies, roaches and even some wild animals this winter with a little vinegar. You can use either distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, but make sure you pick something with a strong odor. The simple scent that the vinegar leaves behind will repel the wild animals looking at your home as a possible winter hideaway. Use the vinegar as a simple cleaning product and wipe off your counters and other surfaces. Keep the vinegar in a plastic bottle, spray down the surfaces once a day and wipe off with a dry cloth or paper towel.

The pests that you encounter in the fall and winter months vary based on where you live but can include pigeons and other types of birds, squirrels, mice, flies and roaches. Taking some steps to clean up your home and block their access in the fall will keep your home safe from pests during the fall, winter and beyond.