As the weather starts to cool while the days grow shorter, pests across Washington prepare to invade our comfortable homes. From bugs to rodents and every pest in between, it takes time and preparation to make sure that your home is prepared for your Fall pest control needs.
Today, we are going to introduce you to some of the most common pests in and around Spokane, WA. When we are done, we’ll describe a few simple ways you can minimize your pest problems this Fall!
Common Pests of Spokane
Nestled in the heart of Spokane County is the city of Spokane, Washington. Considered a cultural center for the metropolitan area, Spokane has plenty to offer both indoors and out in nature. With comfortable year-round temperatures and a relatively mild winter, it’s no surprise that as many people as pests have decided to call the area their home.
Spokane offers a front-row seat to some truly fascinating insects and rodents, so let’s highlight a few of the most common household invaders that you will want to keep an eye on.
Depending on the type of pest threatening to invade your home, you could be facing potentially mild to severe repercussions. Not only can pests negatively impact the health of your household, they can also transmit diseases including Lyme Disease, West Nile, and Hantavirus. Making sure to properly insulate your home from potential pests and predators is the first step that you can take toward diminishing these potential threats.
Preparing Your Home For Fall Pest Control
The return of cool weather and football on the weekend may keep our minds off pests, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore the issue altogether. Make time in between your grill and your television to prep your home with a few simple and easy-to-implement techniques.
By properly preparing for the most common potential pests in Washington, we can prevent their infestations from ever occurring.
Inspect Your Home’s Exterior
First and foremost, the best way to offset a potential pest infestation in your home is by carefully inspecting the exterior of your property. Look along the foundation of your home while carefully paying attention to any cracks or gaps that you find. To be certain you’ve got the entire exterior of the home, make sure to look at potential vent inlets as well as HVAC equipment.
Once you’ve inspected the exterior of your home, take time to seal away any cracks or crevices that you may find. We suggest using weatherproof silicone caulk to ensure constant protection.
Patch Any Large Gaps or Holes
Now that you’ve circumnavigated your property while inspecting for cracks or gaps in your foundation, it is time to do the same thing — only inside of your home. Spend some time looking throughout your home, from the basement to the attic, as you try and find any gaps or holes.
Rodents will use any entrance into your home that they can find, even going so far as to gnaw their way in through the walls. If you find a potential hole inside of your home that may be used by rodents, consider filling the hole with steel fibers. Rodents won’t be able to chew through the material and, as a result, you’ll keep pests at bay.
Seal Food In Your Home
Pests are voracious feeders and they’ll be quick to find any snacks that you have stashed away. The average mouse can eat nearly 15% of its body weight every single day and it is easy to see why we don’t want these pests to get out of control.
Take time to look through your home and to seal away any food that may be left open. Consider the fruit you might leave on the counter, the cereal you stash in the cupboard, and any potential bread products that you keep available and at the ready.
Practice Proper Landscaping
Another simple way to offset potential pest issues is to do as good of a job landscaping as possible. What we mean by this is pretty simple: take some time to navigate your yard looking for debris or any junk that may be piling up. This can include piles of wood and even old garbage.
Whatever you find that would look desirable to a pest, make sure to remove it from near your home. To continue keeping trash outdoors, be sure to use a sealed garbage bin.
Homeowners looking to level up against pest problems this Fall can opt to hire EcoTek Pest Control to perform an exterior or interior spray. These spraying services are used seasonally to decrease the likelihood of unwanted pests ever entering your home.
About EcoTek Pest Control
EcoTek Pest Control proudly services clients throughout Spokane and the surrounding areas with environmentally-friendly pest control services. With free estimates and a commitment to eco-friendly service, residents in and around Spokane can rest assured that their pests are taken care of.
Contact EcoTek Pest Control today to enjoy a free estimate and service with a satisfaction guarantee!