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Home Maintenance Tips To Keep Spiders & Fall Pests Out

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It happens every year; the leaves change, and the temperatures drop confirming fall’s arrival in Norfolk and across Hampton Roads. While we enjoy the seasonal shift, it also triggers an influx of spiders and other pests seeking shelter from the colder weather. To help homeowners keep their homes pest-free this fall (and all year-round), we're sharing four home maintenance tips. These practical suggestions not only protect your home, but also reduce the chances of spending the winter with pests.

cleaning up leaves and debris will help repel fall pests

Seal those pests out

Spiders, stink bugs, and other pests are adept at finding their way into homes through even the tiniest openings. Start by inspecting your home's exterior for any cracks or gaps in the foundation, walls, windows, and doors. Use weathertripping and caulk to seal these gaps, preventing pests from entering. Pay special attention to areas around pipes, utility lines, and vents, as these are common entry points.

Clean and declutter

A cluttered and untidy home provides the perfect hiding spots for pests. Spiders thrive in dark and undisturbed areas while mice like to steal cardboard and the content of boxes or belongings lying about to create nests. Fall is an excellent time for a deep cleaning. Vacuum and dust regularly, paying attention to corners, baseboards, and areas under furniture.

Declutter your attic, storage closets, and garage as well as other rooms that are accumulating stuff; this will eliminate potential hiding spots for pests and create a more organized living space as we head into the holidays.  

Secure trash and store food properly

Fall pests are attracted to food sources, so ensure your kitchen is well-maintained. Keep food items in airtight containers, and promptly clean up any crumbs or spills. Outdoor trash cans should have secure lids, and it's a good practice to keep them away from your home's foundation. Regularly empty your indoor and outdoor trash cans to prevent odors from drawing in pests. 

Maintain your yard

A well-maintained yard can deter roof rats and other house-infesting pests from approaching your home. Trim back tree branches and shrubs that touch your home, as they can serve as bridges for insects and rodents to access your house. Clear away leaf piles, mulch, and debris from around your foundation, as these provide ideal hiding spots. Ensure that your gutters are clean and free of debris to prevent water buildup, which can attract pests.

Fix plumbing issues and correct moisture problems

Cockroaches and other pests need water in order to survive and if they can find it in a warm space, all the better. Repair leaky faucets, clogged drains, and other plumbing issues, address moisture problems in your crawl space or damp basement, and make sure your bathroom, laundry room, and other high humidity rooms are well ventilated.

Why you might see bugs and rodents even after you've pest-proofed your home

If you’ve discovered mice in the pantry, roaches in the bathroom, and spiders lurking in the corners even after you’ve taken steps to keep these pests out, it may just be that they were already in your home. It's also possible that you missed one small opening, or they were carried in from the shed. 

Even with the best preventive measures, it's wise to have routine inspections and professional pest control services.

Reach out to Getem Services for year-round home pest control!

Here at Getem Services, we offer ongoing home pest control services in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and communities throughout Hampton Roads that exterminate pests already active in homes and stop new infestations from developing. Our locally owned and family-operated VA pest control company has been protecting homes and families since 1922, you can count on us to take care of your pest problems!

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