Do you think pest control is a seasonal responsibility? Do you think pest control is only necessary when the warmer months of springs and summer show up? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you are like most people who assume pest control is only necessary when the temperatures start to rise. This is far from true.
While pests may be more active and more often seen in the warmer parts of the year, pest control is a year long battle. Pests can and will invade your home or place of business any time of the year. They don’t care what the temperature is outside. In fact, many pests will try even harder to invade your home or place of business in the cooler months. Your home provides them with a nice warm sanctuary where they can spend the entire winter. Who knows, maybe they will even create some offspring in your house and start an infestation!
Seal Up Your Home!
The best defense against the most common pests found in the Houston area is to seal up your home. You or a pest control professional can start by examining all the doors and windows in your home. If you have any other entryways, they should be examined too!
Weather stripping or caulk may be needed to close the gaps that these little pests use to enter your home. It doesn’t take much for most pests to find a way inside. Ask your pest control professional if they can apply a protective barrier that stops most common pests in their tracks.
Are You Using Mulch?
Mulch may be a great way to keep the weeds from taking over your flowerbed, but mulch holds in quite a lot of moisture. Every type of pest is attracted to moisture. They need it to survive! If you are using mulch in areas where it comes into contact with your home, then you may want to consider changing it out for something like rocks. Rocks will still help prevent weeds from sprouting, but they don’t hold in moisture quite as bad as mulch does.
Trees, Bushes and Shrubs?
Do have any type of landscaping that comes into contact with your home? It is not uncommon to see big, beautiful trees right next to a house. It is even more common to see thick, healthy shrubs right next to the foundation of a home. When plants of any type come into contact with your home, it is like creating a ladder for pests to invade. Trim everything and make sure none of it is touching the outside of your house.
While there may be a season for a certain type of pest, complete and total pest control is a year long job. Make sure you keep up with it and you will be able to avoid infestations!