Summer comes into its own in September. The weather is ideal, with cooler days and pleasant evenings, and gardeners are reaping their bounteous harvests from their summer efforts. There is a hint of fall in the air, but it's not enough to quite turn your head toward the holidays. Still, blustery weather is on the way, and it's important to prepare for the pests that can invade your home on windy days and snowy nights. If you know what to expect, however, you won't be caught off guard with pest infestations.
September Pests to Watch For
Most people are aware of the types of pests that like to live in homes. While you may only occasionally notice spiders, mice, ants, and stink bugs during the summer months, these common uninvited guests all live longer than a year and must find shelter over the winter. Unfortunately, your home in prime pest real estate, and you'll need to take preventative measures to keep them out.
Create a Barrier
The easiest ways for household pets to get indoors when the colder days of September hit is through gaps in your home's exterior. Check around windows and doors for cracks or spaces, and close off these areas to keep out mice, ants, stink bugs, and spiders. You'll also want to examine crawl spaces, attics, and basements. Be very thorough as keeping pests out is your first line of defense.
Make the Environment Unappealing
Critters go where there is comfortable shelter and readily available food. Eliminating areas where moisture is visible will make your home less appealing. You will also want to ensure that your food preparation areas are clean and that all pantry items are stored in containers impermeable to mice, ant and roach infestations.
Pay Attention to Pets
While your furry friends are part of your family, pets can attract less seemly relatives to your home. Both mice, stink bugs, and ants will happily make pet food their main meal, so storing food and litter properly is important. You'll also want to keep pet housing and bedding clean for both your animal's health and safety and your own. While few are deadly, common spider bites can make your family or your pet sick.
Homeowners always prefer not to share real estate with unwanted guests like household pests, but mice, ants, spiders, and stink bugs will make their way into your home. September is the perfect time of year to take preventative measures to make sure that you head off winter migrations and keep your home cozy and pest free all through the colder months.