Midwest Fall Pests

Midwest Fall Pests

Fall is just around the corner. Leaves will begin to change colors, the air will get cooler and for most, the furnace will kick on. As we attempt to stay warm inside, pests will to do the same. Keeping your home pest-free means pest-proofing your home and knowing what pests to keep an eye out for. Two of the most common pests to take shelter in the fall are mice and spiders.

 

Mice are a danger to your health and home. A common sign of a mice infestation is droppings. Their feces can carry viruses such as Hantavirus and Salmonella, and this can result in contaminated food items. These pests are also known for bringing in other pests such as fleas, lice, and ticks, which will increase the chance of another pest invasion.

 

Just like several other pests, mice can be known for causing structural damage. They will chew and gnaw on wood, wires, and more. In order to build nests, they will gather insulation from walls and other fibrous materials. This can include items in your home such as clothing and paper.

 

Fall is mating season for most spiders. This increases the likeliness of you seeing them and their webs in your home. A few of the more common spiders you may see in the fall are house spiders, wolf spiders and brown recluses. While not all spiders pose as a threat to your health, spiders such as brown recluses do. Shaking out clothing, shoes, sheets, and towels can help prevent the likeliness of a bite.

 

Get an early start to your fall pest protection by contacting Bug Zero today!

 

Or give us a call if you have questions about the services we offer.

 

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How do I prevent those pesky mice?

How do I prevent those pesky mice?

Though mice are small, furry, and sometimes even kind of cute, no one wants to have a mouse problem in their home. Mice can cause all kinds of damage such as electrical fires due to gnawed through wires. In fact, in the U.S., rodents alone cause around $20 billion in damages.

Here are a few ways you can protect your home from these scurrying critters this fall and winter.

  1. Keep basements, attics or crawl spaces dry and ventilated.
  2. Seal any cracks or holes outside the home. Rodents can crawl through these gaps easily and infiltrate your home. Use caulk or steel wool to seal these areas.
  3. Reduce the moisture level around your home. Things such as leaking pipes or clogged drains can encourage pests to come inside.
  4. Store all food in airtight containers and avoid leaving open packages of food on countertops or in pantries and cupboards. Mice love to eat human scraps and having bacteria-ridden vermin hanging out in your eating space is not ideal.
  5. Try installing door sweeps on your doors screen your vents and chimney openings.

Regarding mouse prevention for your home that Bug Zero can provide, we can install tamper resistant exterior mouse bait stations. These stations provide an opportunity for mice to feed on the bait before they gain access to the interior of your home. We also include caulking and sealing of small entry points around HVAC lines or cable lines to minimize entry points. Of course, if it’s too late for the prevention stage and rodents have already come in your home, call a pest care professional to help you get rid of them. We a team full of have highly trained professionals ready to help you!

Get started with Bug Zero today!

Or give us a call if you have questions about the services we offer.
CAPE AREA: CALL OR TEXT 573-803-7828
SPRINGFIELD AREA: CALL OR TEXT  417-831-7378