Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

When fall arrives, insects and rodents will find their way into your home. The warmth, shelter, and food your home provides naturally attracts pests in larger numbers. In addition to eating your food and damaging your furniture, some of these pests may carry diseases. To prevent this from happening, you will need to take the proper steps to keep the pests on the outside. And, to deal with the pests that have made their way inside. 

What follows are a few tips that will help you address the pest infestation and lower the chances of their presence causing harm. 

Remove All Clutter Inside and Outside

Clutter provides shelter for pests. Remove all clutter that surrounds your home and inside your garage or storage areas. The more places that insects can find to hide and breed, the less likely they are to either enter or stay inside your home. A simple cleaning will help reduce the pest’s presence on your property. 

Seal Cracks

Inspect your home for any cracks or openings that allow pests to enter. By sealing up your home, you can greatly reduce the chances pests can enter. 

  • Use Caulk around Doors, Windows, and Openings 
  • Ensure that Windows & Doors Close Properly 
  • Check All Openings, Including Ducts and Pipes

Use the right type of caulk that is waterproof, so that it can resist temperature changes.  

Fly Traps & Lights

For flying insects, you will need to lower the chances of them clustering around your home when the temperatures start to drop. 

  • Fly Traps
  • Fly Lights
  • Insecticide Spray 

A combination of all three will help keep the flying insects away. Flylights should be set up away from your home. Fly traps should be stationed around areas where flying insects gather, such as near windows and doors. Be careful with insecticides so that your pets are not affected by them. 

Clean & Store Food Properly 

A clean home does not have food lying around for pests to consume. Clean your kitchen, food pantry, and any areas with food storage. By removing the odor of food along with the food itself, you can greatly reduce the presence of pests, particularly insects, in your home. 

  • Store Food in Sealed Containers
  • Wipe Down the Kitchen After Preparing Food
  • Reduce the Places Where People Eat Food 

Reduce Humidity Inside the Attic, Basement, & Crawl Spaces

While adding to the moisture level inside the living areas of the home will help you breathe easier during the cooler days of the fall, you need to reduce such humid areas in places where pests may find shelter. The attic, basement, and crawl spaces should be well ventilated as possible to reduce areas of moisture. Without water, pests will find it harder to live inside such places. 

By doing the basics, you can create an environment that helps keep the pests away from your home. Start taking the right steps now to reduce the pest population before fall fully arrives. 

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Getting Your House Ready for Fall 

Changes in the seasons dictate that you prepare to protect your home. With fall arriving soon, there are a few things you need to do to get your residence ready for the cooler temperatures. The better you can prepare, the less money you may have to spend when fall arrives. 

But what are the dangers that homeowners need to be aware of when preparing their homes? The answers may not be as obvious as you might think. 

Address Air Leaks

Some holes in your home are big enough to allow in pests while others are so small that only air can get through. But do not underestimate the damage that air leaks can do. By allowing the air inside out, that can raise your electricity or gas bill as your heater will run more during the cool nights. Inspect your home and address all air leaks. 

Change Air Filters

If you have a vented HVAC system, the switch from summer to fall means going from air conditioning to heating. That is the perfect time to change out the air filters. With the HVAC system less active during this time, you can put in a new air filter for the fall. This will not only help lower electricity bills, but also help protect your HVAC unit. 

Clear Gutters

Get ready to clear away the debris that will build up in your gutters due mostly to falling leaves. This may be the time to purchase screens that cover the gutters but allow the water to pass through. This can save you considerable time and effort in protecting the gutters which protect your home. 

Dead Branches & Trees 

Because the leaves tend to hide branches and trees that may be dying. It will not be until the fall when the leaves fall from the trees that you realize the dangers of dead tree branches. Along with the condition of the trees themselves. When a storm that brings high winds hits, it will cause the branches to break off and, in some cases, dead trees to fall. 

Prune the dead branches off trees and if the tree itself is dead, have it removed from your property. 

Entry Points

You need to seal off entry points into your home that allow small mammals to enter. While the summer heat may keep them outside, the cold winter will drive many pests indoors. By sealing off potential entryways and setting traps for any small creature that gets in, you will protect your home from a pest invasion during the cool months of fall. 

Frost

It’s not just the cooler temperatures, but the frost which can damage flowers, vegetables, and fruit in your garden. If you have plants you want to protect from the frost, then cover them with mulch or straw to ward off the damaging condensation of frost. 

Protecting your home from the arrival of fall starts with some simple preparations. The earlier you start, the better your home, garden, and property can be protected from the rigors of cooler temperatures, frost, and other elements that fall brings. 

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.