Autumn in New England is arguably the most picturesque season. From seascapes to mountain views dotted with the technicolor of the changing leaves, people around the globe flock to the area to witness the signature signs of the season. Soon after the vibrant colors fade however, (or after one good windy storm) New Englanders begin the proverbial “fall cleanup.”
To landscapers, property managers, and homeowners, fall cleanup is more than just the raking of leaves into piles of fun for kids. It’s an important part of winter-preparation – managing the safety and integrity of a property. It’s also an integral part of maintaining a pest-free environment.
Considerations During Fall Cleanup Activities
Leaf Blowing/Removal – Hearing the crunching of leaves beneath your feet is a hallmark of our fall season. However, it’s important to remove fallen leaves and brush quickly to reduce hazards. Wet Leaves are a haven for pests and breeding ground for insects. From ticks to termites, leave little trace of leaves to minimize the risk of infestation.
Stacking Logs & Woodpiles – When stacking logs for woodstoves or fire pits, maintain at least 20 feet of space between the pile and your property. Termites and other insects, even mice and smaller rodents will nest in these stacks. To prevent infiltration into your home, maintain a good distance and inspect all logs before bringing them indoors. Elevate spare kindling off the ground to keep it dry and further reduce the likelihood of it becoming a home for pests.
Repairing Foundation – Cleanup isn’t relegated to just the grounds. Seal cracks in the foundation and repair clapboard or siding that may be deteriorated to avoid mice, chipmunks, and squirrels seeking shelter in the colder weather. Small animals can take a tiny opening and gnaw their way in creating their own side entrance to your property. Cracks and fissures invite microscopic insects that can go undetected over the winter months. They will breed and feed off of your home causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages.
Buttoning Up – As temperatures dip, you may notice airflow from windows and doors. Now is the time to repair sills, window panes, and use door sweeps to close up spaces underneath external entries. Check attic windows and fan areas, and consider setting traps for the winter months. It’s common for squirrels, mice, and even raccoons to seek shelter in your home by climbing trees and gutters to obtain access in the upper levels of houses. Once they find their way in, they can come and go as they please, nest, breed, and explore other areas inside wreaking havoc on property owners.
Ask the Experts
Taking these measures won’t just protect your home, they will protect your family as well. Insects and small rodents can transmit disease – a detriment to all occupants. For optimal pest control results from fall cleanup efforts, consult the Experts.
Our skilled technicians at Expert Pest Control are not only adept at spotting problem areas and environmental factors that could increase infestation, they are New Englanders themselves. Having technicians that are familiar with the area, seasonal influences, and the indigenous pests first hand makes our experts uniquely qualified to help the community.
At Expert Pest Control, we don’t just eliminate seasonal insects, stinging and biting bugs, and rodents, we educate our neighbors to prevent future outbreaks and secure their properties. For over 15 years we’ve been your local, trusted resource for pest control. Call us to learn how you can prepare your property for the coming season and avoid menacing pests on your property.
As New England’s local pest control company, our professionals provide prompt, friendly service to our area neighbors. We can help you contain pests and insects, clear your property of rodents and wildlife, and offer management programs to create a barrier against future infestation. Call us today at (800) 235-3093 or request a quote and to learn how you can protect your home and family with regular treatment this summer season.