Now that the temperatures outside are dropping, many animals are thinking to themselves, “how can I stay warm and cozy this winter?”Unfortunately for you, these creatures might choose to take refuge on your property. Whether they hunker down underground or actually make their way into your house, their presence can cause a lot of issues for your family. Even if you’re a bleeding heart who would love to care for every living thing, allowing wild animals to move in can pose a huge health and safety risk. That’s why it’s important to prevent and get rid of yard pests now before the cold really sets in. Here are just five things you can do this fall to prevent property pests.
- Trim Back Trees and Bushes: You don’t want to make your yard or home more inviting than it already is — at least, not to wild animals. If your trees and shrubs are overgrown (particularly if they’re close to your home), you’ll make it a lot easier for animals to get onto your roof or find another way in. You may also be providing food for certain unwanted creatures, which could encourage them to stick around. Although it’s not the best idea to prune trees in the fall, it’s still a better idea than letting your yard go wild!
- Inspect Insulation and Crawl Spaces: As the temperatures become chillier, it’s a good idea to assess whether your insulation is up to snuff. That way, you’ll be able to save as much as possible on your heating bills. But it’s also a good idea to check these areas because crawlspaces, basements, and attics are all prone to animal activity. You’ll want to look for nests, droppings, and other signs of pests. If you find any, you’ll want to call a pest control company — and make sure you seal any holes you find.
- Switch Up Your Storage Methods: If you keep a stack of firewood next to your home or keep your recycling and garbage bins in a non-secure area, you may need to get rid of yard pests in the near future. Termites, ants, raccoons, and even bears may be attracted to these areas if you aren’t careful. Move your firewood at least three feet away from your home and switch to more secure bins. Don’t move your garbage or recycling totes out of your closed garage until the morning it’s being collected to keep wild animals away.
- Assess Your Yard: None of us want animals to move into our homes and we don’t want them in the yard, either. Autumn is actually a good time to remove gophers and other creatures since their activity levels are a bit higher due to the need to gather food. Take a look around your property and see if you have obvious signs of yard damage from gophers or other creatures. If you see any telltale mounds, you’ll want to contact a gopher removal service to take care of the problem now.
- Call Your Pest Control Company: There are a lot of preventative methods homeowners can take to secure their properties. But in the end, animals might still find their way in. The U.S. pest control industry grew by 2.9% from 2012 to 2017, possibly because humans continue to expand and infringe on wildlife habitats. That may mean you’ll end up needing to get rid of yard pests sometime this year. If you do, it’s best to be proactive. Otherwise, you may end up with unexpected tenants for a long winter ahead.
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