As fall begins to settle in here in Northern Illinois, so are the pests.
During this time of year, pests such as spiders, mice and roaches start to find their way indoors to find refuge from the cold.
We’d like to remind homeowners of the importance that fall pest-proofing can play in keeping pests from making their home in yours.
Rodents are known to carry diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus, and can cause structural damage to a property by gnawing through electrical wires, which can cause house fires along with nesting in insulation.
Cockroaches also spread disease and their droppings and saliva can tripper asthma attacks, especially in young children.
Brown recluse spiders will bite if threatened, injecting venom that can be dangerous to those with allergic reactions.
Rock River Pest Control recommends these fall pest-proofing tips:
· Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
· Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
· Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
· Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
· Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
· Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
· Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
· If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest control company to inspect, identify and treat the problem.