Who doesn’t love fall? The color on the leaves begin to change, the humidity drops and the weather cools down. But you’re not the only one who’s trying to cozy up inside your home this fall. Fall bugs such as cockroaches, spiders, and rodents are looking for a warmer place to buckle down this fall season.
Why You Need to Prevent Fall Bugs
Having annoying pests in your home can become a real problem and lead to a full-blown infestation, so it’s always a good idea to take precautions to keep fall bugs from entering your home in the first place.
Some pests, such as rodents, carry diseases, including Salmonella and Hantavirus. They can even cause structural damage to a property by gnawing through wires, which can cause house fires and nesting in insulation.
Even though they have tiny legs, cockroaches can spread disease and bacteria – fast. Their droppings and saliva can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children. Brown recluse spiders will bite if threatened, injecting venom that can be dangerous to those with allergic reactions.
Defend your home and your family this fall by taking preventative measures. Homeowners should be proactive in maintaining and preventing pests from coming indoors this fall. Here are five pest prevention tips that will help you defend your home from fall bugs this fall.
If you don’t feel like taking these extra precautions yourself, Dynasty Pest Control will come to your home and inspect the indoor and outdoor area surrounding your home. Book online or call us for a free estimate at (877) 771-BUGS.
5 Pest Prevention Tips for Fall
1. Check Window and Door Screens
Be sure to check all window and door screens in your home, including those in the garage, basement, attic, and patio. If any rips or holes are found, they should be mended or you should replace the entire screen. All rips or holes should be mended or replaced, even if the rip or hole is smaller than a half inch.
2. Seal Cracks and Crevices
Seal all the cracks, crevices and gaps that are around all windows and doors. Use caulk, weather-stripping or silicone to seal cracks and gaps. To ensure that the cracks and gaps are sealed correctly, make sure these areas are clean. Remove any previously installed caulk to make sure the new caulk adheres correctly.
If you have a garage, install a rubber seal to the bottom of your garage door; This will keep annoying fall bugs out and keep the heat in during the fall and winter. You can do the same for sliding glass doors.
3. Store Food and Dispose of Garbage Correctly
Keeping your kitchen clean, storing food in airtight containers and disposing of garbage correctly is key to preventing fall bugs from entering your home. Make sure your kitchen counters are clean; crumbs and left out food is a sure way to attract pests. Properly close your garbage cans when they are stored in your home or garage.
4. Install a Chimney Cap
It’s like a hat – except for your home. If you have a chimney, you should strongly consider installing a chimney cap. This will keep out birds, bats, rodents and anything else that may try to spend the fall and winter inside your home. If you have an attic, install a l¼ inch wire mesh that will keep bats, rats, and squirrels from residing in your attic, or even worse – inside the walls of your home.
5. Asses Conditions Around Your Home
Now that you’ve inspected the inside of your home, it’s time to check the outside. Is your yard inviting to pests? Is there a woodpile nearby? These are all questions you need to ask yourself while inspecting your home.
If there is a woodpile 20 feet or closer to your home or trees and shrubs surrounding your home, you need to move it further; Woodpiles are a welcome sign for fall bugs.
If you use these tips, not only will your home be safe from unwanted fall bugs, but you’ll also be improving the energy efficiency of your home, keeping your home warmer for the fall and winter.
If you don’t feel like inspecting your home or preparing it for the fall and winter, Dynasty Pest Control can help. We have the tools and knowledge needed to ensure no pests enter your home this fall.
Contact Dynasty Pest Control for all of your pest problems this season. Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
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Woodlouse Hunter, Bold Jumper, Carolina Wolf, Gray Wall Jumper – hishese are just some of the Texas spiders that lurk outside our yards, and possibly even our homes. According to a study done by Texas A & M, there are close to 900 species of spiders in Texas.
Some Texas spiders are venomous and potentially life-threatening, but some (even though they look intimidating) are harmless. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve broken down the types of Texas spiders so you can identify if they’re dangerous or not.
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Types of Common Texas Spiders
Out of the 900 species of Texas spiders, only two species are seriously poisonous to humans: the widow spiders and the recluse spiders. A handful of spider species can cause a painful poisonous bite, but the pain is similar to a bee sting. Some people can even suffer from a serious allergic reaction due to the spider bite.
The Brown Recluse spider thrives in Texas and throughout southern and Midwestern states. This type of spider is likely to live under homes, in cellars and piles of debris. The brown recluse is also likely to be found in dark, cooler areas, like attics, basements, closets, small crevices, etc. One good thing about this Texas spider is that it mostly keeps to itself and avoids all human contact.
One way to identify this spider is its eye pattern, “six eyes that sit in three pairs on the spider’s back in the pattern of a violin,” according to Texas A & M.
If you’re bitten by a Brown Recluse, you should seek medical care immediately. Within 24 hours of being bitten, the victim will experience chills, fever, nausea, and pain. When the venom enters the body, it kills the tissue surrounding the wound.
Overall: These spiders are very aggressive and can be deadly. Avoid them at all costs.
Southern Black Widow
These creepy little spiders are found all throughout the U.S., and especially in Texas. The Lone Star State is also home to the Western Black Widow, the Northern Black Widow and the Brown Widow.
To identify the Black Widow, look for a black spider with a red hourglass marking on its stomach. Creepy – we know! These Texas spiders love to hang out in dark places, like garages, basements, and under homes.
Those bitten by this dangerous little spider will have difficulty breathing and quickly lose consciousness. Anyone who has been bitten by a Black Widow should immediately seek medical help.
Overall: These spiders are highly venomous and can be deadly. Avoid them at all costs.
Just the thought of Tarantulas make our skin crawl, and we know we’re not the only ones! These Texas spiders love to stay in the shade during those hot Texas days and hunts at night. There are numerous species of tarantulas that live in Texas. You can find Tarantulas in grasslands and semi-open areas, feeding on insects.
To identify a Tarantula, look for long hairy legs and long fangs. Their bite will cause pain, but the bite is much more dangerous if the victim suffers from an allergic reaction. The hair alone on Tarantulas can cause skin irritation for some people.
Overall: Tarantulas mind their own business, and are not poisonous to humans but can cause an allergic reaction.
As if spiders weren’t scary enough… now they can jump?! Jumping spiders are found throughout Texas, but they’re not as scary as they sound.
Jumping spiders only bite when they’re cornered or scared, and the reaction from the bite is mild and localized. You can find these Texas spiders in gardens where they enjoy hunting their prey, and they’re most active during the day.
Overall: Jumping spiders aren’t particularly harmful to humans, and their venom isn’t considered medically threatening.
These are the Texas spiders that you can commonly find around your home or in your yard or garden. They hunt their prey at night and can move very fast when they’re scared.
To identify a Wolf Spider, look for a grayish-brown color with a distinct Union Jack impression on its back. An adult Wolf Spider is about a ½ inch to 1 inch in length.
A Wolf Spider’s bite is poisonous, but not lethal. Although this spider isn’t aggressive, they will bite you if they’re provoked and should be considered dangerous to humans. Their bite may be painful, and anyone bitten should seek medical help as soon as possible.
Overall: This spider is venomous, but not aggressive.
If you’ve been bitten by a spider, seek medical help immediately, even if you’re not sure what kind of spider it was.
If you want to take precaution and make sure no Texas spiders enter your home, call Dynasty Pest Control and we’ll inspect your home (for FREE) for any pests, including spiders. We’ll eliminate any current pests in your home, and prevent others from entering.
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Summer will soon be coming to an end, and as the weather starts cooling down, things in your house may start warming up. In order to stay warm in the fall and winter, rodents are moving indoors to stay warm for those chilly winter nights. You may think your house is boarded up tight, but tiny mice, find a way to enter your home through small cracks and holes that you don’t see.
Don’t let rodents enter your home this fall and winter. Request a free pest inspection today.
Rodents can exist on merely crumbs in your home, so you may not notice the presence of one or two, but if you don’t take precaution you could end up with a full-blown rodent infestation overnight. The key to keeping rodents at bay this fall and winter is preparing the inside and outside of your home. Here’s Dynasty Pest Control’s guide on how to keep rodents from entering your home.
Inspect Your Home for Rodents
Just doing a simple glance over your home to see if there are any entry points for a rodent infestation is not enough. You need a thorough interior and exterior inspection to correctly identify where the pests are entering your home. If you’re not sure where to even start, our team will thoroughly inspect your home for you. Rodents can enter your home through any entry points that are bigger than a ½ inch (about the size of a dime).
Seal Your House
Doors, windows, etc. If you and your family tend to leave your front door, windows or garage door open, you could be inviting rodents directly into your home. The second you stop paying attention, mice are looking for ways to sneak into your home.
Rodents tend to always find a way to sneak through screen doors that have holes in them. Even if the hole is the size of your fingernail, tiny mice can slide right through. Keep your doors, windows and screen doors closed at all times. If you have a door or window that won’t close all the way, or has a gap between the window and the frame, seal it with steel wool or hardware cloth.
Inspect Your Foundation
The foundation of your house is everything, but if there’s cracks in your walls near windows and entryways, it might be allowing rodents to enter your home. Walk around the outside perimeter of your home to inspect for any cracks or holes that mice like to wiggle through.
- Seal any holes you find that are bigger than 1/4 inch. Be sure to use sturdy material, such as sheet metal to repair your home. Mice can easily chew through weak materials and enter your house with no problem.
- Check the wall that separates your garage from the rest of your house. This tends to be a spot that mice like to sneak through.
Keep Your Home Clean on the Inside & Outside
By keeping your home clean on the inside and outside, you’re minimizing available food and water that feeds the rodents. If the pests don’t have any food and water to survive, they’ll find another place to call home. Tiny mice or other pests won’t have any place to hide if you keep your lawn and other vegetation outside your home thinned out, and cut low. Also, remove clutter and any debris, such as wood piles, that creates hiding places rodents can use as harborage sites.
Make sure all your food is stored and sealed properly, especially grains and pet food. Place food in sealed metal or heavy-duty plastic containers, and dispose of garbage regularly. Remove all clutter from your home, such as piles of clothing, boxes of old cookware, piles of old magazines and cardboard boxes.
Clutter to Avoid:
- Boxes of plates, glasses, pots and pans you’ve been meaning to sell or get rid of at the next yard sale might be attracting mice to your basement or storage room.
- Piles of clothing. Whether you’ve been meaning to donate your clothes, or just forgot about the pile, mice might be soon calling this home. Even if your clothes are in a bag, they can still be susceptible to being used as a rodent nest. Store the clothes you don’t wear much in a wooden chest, or plastic bins.
- Stacks of magazines, newspapers, or other papers. These old paper publications are the perfect place for mice to make nests.
- Cardboard boxes. These flimsy boxes are no challenge for mice; they can chew right through the material, so be sure not to leave them on the floor.
- Cans, bottles or other old storage containers. Mice may be attracted to the smell of the food residue on these old food containers.
- Old furniture. That old couch that’s been sitting in your garage may now be home to mice. Instead of letting old furniture collect dust in your garage, basement or attic, get rid of it. Any cloth material, especially that isn’t used often, could be a cozy home for mice. Now might be the time to get rid of that old loveseat gathering dust in the basement.
Let Nature Do Its Thing
Another solution to prevent a rodent infestation from happening in your home or yard is to place natural herbs, such as bay leaves or mint, around your home. It may sound silly, but mint plants planted around your windows and doors will repel mice. You could also sprinkle peppermint or spearmint essential oil around your house to deter pests.
If you spot evidence of a rodent infestation, don’t hesitate to handle the problem or call for professional help. Rodents tend to reproduce quickly, and one or two can potentially turn into a full-blown infestation.
Call us today at (469) 358-1425 -or- request a free pest inspection online.
During winter, use these DIY rodent control methods for preventing and getting rid of mice and rats in your house.
As we enter winter, temperatures will inevitably drop, and rodents, which survive outside during the fall, will seek refuge from winter’s chill within your humble abode. If there’s a will, there’s a way for rodents to squeeze through the tiniest of gaps and set up their own home inside yours. To keep rodents from crashing your holiday festivities, try these rodent control methods.
1. Regularly inspect your home exterior to stop rodents
It cannot be overstated: Perform a self-home inspection. You can perform your own perimeter inspection simply by walking around your house a few times and examining the lower foundation and mid-structure for gaps, crevices and cracks.
2. Seal cracks to mice and rats
For small fixes involving gaps and cracks, you’ll need a caulk gun and some exterior-grade caulk. Following the directions on the tube, squirt the caulk directly into the gaps. This will close any small opening that a mouse might exploit.
3. Get rid of mice and rats’ hiding places
Make sure that any vegetation or foliage is at least three feet away from the foundation of your home. Extra shrubbery around the base of your home offers premium sneaking protection for rodents. This is their first stop before entering through those tiny gaps.
4. Deck the walls with mesh
If you have porches or decks that you can easily access from below, install fine mesh around the bottom of the structure. Remember, mice can fit through the opening the size of a dime, so the finer mesh, the better. There are definitely other options to close the bottom of your deck, but mesh is a quick and cheap fix.
However, make sure the mesh is made of a material tough enough that rodents can’t chew through it.
5. Please, don’t feed the rodents
Mice and rats are opportunistic, so anything edible becomes a source of sustenance. This includes birdseed, herb and vegetable gardens, outdoor trashcans, etc.
During the winter, keep birdseed to a minimum, making sure there is no overflow or possibly remove the feeders altogether.
An herb garden is more difficult to protect, as smaller rodents can climb fencing and other deterrents.
Outdoor trashcans should be kept in your garage if you have one. Otherwise, make sure they’re tightly sealed so nothing can get in.
6. Don’t invite rodents indoors
After you perform everything on your home’s exterior, it’s time to make the interior as uninviting to rodents as possible. Make sure everything is sparkling clean.
• Wipe your counters.
• Mop or vacuum floors.
• Seal food in airtight containers.
• Remove any clutter around your home and on your floors, such as clothes or toys — anything that provides shelter for rodents or even bugs.
When DIY rodent control isn’t enough, call an exterminator
Once mice have gotten in, it’s time to call in the professionals.
Remember: If there is one mouse, there will soon be many more.
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Crisp mornings and cozy evenings by the fire are welcome signs of the autumn season. But fall also signals the start of home insect invasions – not so welcome. Our team put together the top 10 pest prevention tips to help you get through fall and winter without pest problems.
Common Autumn/Winter Pests
Pest hot spots in your home
Below is a list of common areas in your home vulnerable to pest problems. As well as explaining the reason it is at risk, we will offer advice on how to possibly prevent a problem before it happens.
Your attic offers a fantastic retreat for rodents like rats and mice to spend their winter. It gives them shelter and warmth, and places them fairly close to a food source – your kitchen. If you are really unlucky, you may also find wasps nesting in your attic too!
- Replace all damaged roof tiles
- Repair cracks with roofing cement
- Inspect roof space regularly for pest activity
- Keep attic tidy and clutter free
- Store items in plastic boxes (not cardboard) to prevent rodent nesting.
2. Pipes & Drains
With more rain than sunshine this time of year, it is also easier to spot any leaks in your gutters. Many times, this presents itself in the form of a waterfall gushing out of the gutter, probably while you’re trying to get to sleep.
Some insects like cockroaches are attracted to moisture and excess water. A badly maintained downpipe or guttering is very attractive in their eyes.
- Check downpipes regularly for leaks
- Repair any damage with gutter sealants
- Check that drains are free flowing and remove obstructions such as fallen leaves
Fashionistas might be preparing to swap their summer clothes for their cold weather collection. In other words, dragging winter wool sweaters from the back of the closet to the front and vice versa. This may also be the time you notice signs of a moth problem in the form of an unsightly hole in your treasured cashmere sweater. While this means you already have moths, it also means you can prevent further damage to other valuables in your collection.
- Check clothes regularly for signs of damage
- Use sticky traps or moth killer strips to confirm signs of activity
- Wash all clothes and store in sealed bags
- Vacuum and clean the inside of closets regularly
Another common problem in the bedroom is with bedbugs. This pest never goes away and is a problem all year round, peaking during and after holiday season. So, if you have been on a vacation recently or have invested in some second hand furniture it pays to check your room for any signs of bedbugs:
- Check all areas of your bed for signs (blood spots, droppings, shed skin)
- Inspect furniture and carpet
- Wash holiday clothes and bedding on a high temperature setting
- Clean and vacuum the bedroom thoroughly and regularly
If you live in a condo, apartment or a multifamily housing complex you can probably ignore and skip this part. However facilities managers and private home owners should take note. Birds, bats and squirrels like to make homes in chimneys.
The main risks are from damaged property, nuisance noise and potential secondary pest infestations.
- Install a suitably-sized chimney cap to keep animals out and prevent secondary pest infestations
Most people use their garage more for storing items like back issues of certain magazines, albums (LPs) and even furniture rather than their car. Be warned though, rodents love to find nesting sites among all your valuable junk.
- Cover air vents with galvanized mesh to prevent entry
- Store items in plastic containers and keep off the floor to prevent nesting sites
The kitchen is often the one room singled out by pest controllers as most at risk of a pest problem.
This usually comes down to the fact of how plentiful the food is in just this one room. As pests need food for survival, this is the area of your home they gravitate towards.
- Store food in air-tight containers
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
- Regularly empty contents of garbage cans
- Clear food debris off the floor
- Regularly clean and inspect under sinks, cookers and behind the fridge
7. Laundry room
It is really easy to overlook gaps around new pipes and even old pipework and dismiss them as no major cause for concern.
However, young mice only need a gap the width of a pencil to gain entry inside- will this make you think more differently about those gaps?
- Seal holes around any old or new pipework
- Caulk, expanding foam and other DIY products are available to fill cracks
8. Garden & Outdoor Bins
If shrubs, grass, and trees are left unmanaged and overgrown they can provide great hiding spots, shelter and even an easy access route into your home. Black rats in particular are very good climbers (like ninjas).
- Keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the house
- Keep compost in a sealed area, a good distance away from the home
- Ensure outside garbage can lids are secure
- Do not leave garbage bags out in the open
9. Pet Food
Rodents are not fussy eaters. As well as being attracted to human food, their powerful strength of smell will also attract them to your pet’s food bowl.
- Remove pet food before night fall
- Store pet food in airtight, plastic containers
Cracks around windows, front doors, balcony and patio doors are easy to overlook. At this time of year, though, when the temperature outside drops you might think of it more as a nuisance because you will start to notice the draft in your hallway, or lounge.
It pays to cover these gaps from an energy saving and a pest prevention point of view.
- Install bristle strips under doors and replace worn weather strips on all windows
Worried you may already have a pest problem?
Call us at (469) 358-1425 or fill out the form below for advice and solutions on how to get rid of pests from your home.
With Arrival of Fall, Pests Seek Shelter Indoors.
Fall is a favorite season for many, as it signals the beginning of colorful leaves and crisp weather. But for many pests, including rodents, spiders, and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find refuge from the cold winter ahead. Our team of pest control specialist reminds homeowners of the importance that fall pest-proofing can play in keeping pests from making their home in yours.
Rodents carry diseases, including Salmonella and Hantavirus, and can cause structural damage to a property by gnawing through wires, which can cause house fires, and nesting in insulation. Cockroaches also spread disease, and their droppings and saliva can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children. Brown recluse spiders will bite if threatened, injecting venom that can be dangerous to those with allergic reactions.
When the weather cools, our warm homes are just as enticing to pests as they are to us. Pests are unwelcome houseguests as they can pose serious health and property threats. In preparation for winter, homeowners should be proactive and vigilant in preventing pests from coming indoors.
We recommend these fall pest-proofing tips:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
Every season brings its share of pests and environmental concerns to your door. That’s why fall pest control is so important. A pest professional can treat your yard, and set up devices that watch for harmful insects, like termites. They can stop many bugs before they even get to your home. Professionals have training on how to seal your house, and can spray the outside of your home, especially in hard to reach places, like the roof line and third story window frames.
You don’t have to live in fear of bugs and rodents. Proper fall maintenance can keep your home and your family safe, and bug-free. You have enough to worry about. Leave your bug worries to the professionals. Schedule a FREE inspection today!