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Blog Post | Sep 19th, 2018

Prepare Your Home For Fall Pests

If you think that pests only wreak havoc during the summer, you're wrong. In cooler months, certain pests are known to increase in population and cause lots of trouble in your home.

Fall is a season when pest infestation has the possibility to get out of hand. Knowing what type of pests invade during this period and how to protect your home is essential.

Below, you’ll find information about three fall pests common to the Baton Rouge area, and how to combat them.

Rodents, such as mice and rats, are quite common during the fall season in Louisiana. They invade homes to seek shelter and food as the weather gets cooler. They can cause trouble in your home by building nests and chewing your wire connections. As if that’s not enough, they act as carriers, introducing pests such as fleas, mites, lice and ticks into your home.

To protect your home from these sneaky little critters, seal all cracks in your home so they can’t get in. Also, ensure that all your food is covered in air-tight containers. Mouse traps are a huge help, but make sure you’re using mouse-approved snacks as bait, some of their favorites being peanut butter, chocolate, oatmeal, and bacon. We didn’t say rodents had bad taste!

Spiders, including Louisiana’s favorite, the brown recluse, tend to make their way indoors during the cooler months. That’s because they aren’t able to find as much food outdoors as they do during the summer.

The best way to keep spiders out of your home is to make the environment around it unappealing to them. Spiders love piles of wood and leaves, plants, and any sort of dark, undisturbed places, such as under a bucket. Eliminating these spider havens from around your home is the best first step to getting rid of them completely.

Cockroaches can make your life a living hell in fall. These common pests are the most dangerous in this list as they can spread up to 33 different types of bacteria in your home. Cockroaches are also known to cause asthma in children.

Since they tend to inhabit the kitchen and bathroom, ensure these rooms are as clean as possible. Sealing off gaps and possible entry points with caulk is highly effective in keeping these critters out as well.

If you’re unable to control pest infestation during fall, consider hiring a reputable pest control company like Bayou Cajun Pest Control to take care of the problem. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We proudly serve Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas.