Rodents, bats and spiders can cause more than just a scare for homeowners
Ghosts, goblins and witches won’t be the only creatures trying to spook homeowners this Halloween. Hulett Environmental advises people to be on the lookout for real-life ghoulish pests lurking around neighborhoods, including rodents, bats and spiders.
As the temperature continues to drop, many of these creepy critters will seek respite from the winter chill – often within the confines our homes. Once inside, rodents and other pests can do more than just provide their fair share of scares. They are capable of contaminating food, spreading disease and posing a threat to our property.
Rodents can spread Salmonella and Hantavirus and create fire hazards by gnawing through electrical wires in the home. Bats are frequent carriers of rabies, which is potentially fatal if left untreated, and some species of spiders can administer a painful bite when disturbed.
To keep these pests from haunting the house this Halloween, Hulett Environmental Services recommends the following tips:
Seal any cracks or crevices with caulk and steel wool. Pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark secluded areas, like attics and belfries.
Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
Eliminate sources of moisture, especially in crawl spaces and basements.
Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
PEST-PROOFING IS KEY TO PROTECTING THE HOME FROM SUMMERTIME PESTS
Hulett Environmental shares quick tips to keep common household pests outdoors
The arrival of warmer weather also signals the arrival of the most active season for common pests such as wasps, mosquitoes, flies and ants. To prevent these pests from becoming unwanted home intruders during the summer months Hulett Environmental, a pest management company servicing South Florida encourages homeowners to pest-proof around the property.
As the warmer weather serves as a wake-up call to numerous pests, its important for homeowners to spend a few hours pest-proofing the inside and outside of their homes,. Even small tasks like keeping shrubbery well-trimmed and mending ripped screens can go a long way in preventing pests from finding entry points into the home.
Hulett Environmental recommends a number of methods to keep pests outside where they belong.
Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
Screen windows and seal potential entryways, repairing any rips or tears in screens.
Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
Cut tree branches and plants so that they do not reach too close to the house.
Removing sources of moisture or standing water, including bird baths and in clogged gutters.
Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
If you find any signs of an infestation after a thorough inspection of your home, contact a pest professional who can help identify and treat the problem.
For more information on common summer pests, please visit www.bugs..com