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Worcester's Complete Fall Pest-Prevention Guide

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Dealing with pests in the summer seems like a given, but it’s easy to assume that the fall will bring about a reprieve from pest problems. However, this isn’t the case. While some pest problems go away in the fall, others are only beginning.

As the weather cools down, certain pests tend to make their way inside in search of shelter from the elements or in search of prey. Some of the most common fall pests that do this are cockroaches, mice, rats, spiders, and beetles.

So, while you might not have to deal with the problems that summer pests bring, fall and winter pests can pose many health problems and cause property damage to your Worcester home or business.

What Problems Do Fall Pests Cause?

As a home or business owner, dealing with pests is probably at the bottom of your to-do list. Pest infestations can be extremely frustrating and seem to never go away. However, while most pests are annoying, many are more than just nuisance pests. Common fall pests in the area can cause problems in two main categories: health risks and property damage.

Here are the main health risks that fall pests often pose:

  1. Rodents and cockroaches can contaminate food sources and food-preparation areas.
  2. Mice, rats, and cockroaches can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
  3. Cockroaches are known to carry around 35 different diseases including salmonellosis and gastroenteritis.
  4. Rodents can carry diseases such as hantavirus. 
  5. Rodent droppings can cause respiratory problems.
  6. While most spiders are not dangerous, species like the black widow and brown recluse have venom that is dangerous to humans.

Along with the many health problems associated with common fall pests, many of them can also do a good deal of damage to your property. Here are property damage concerns:

  • Beetles and cockroaches can be invasive and spread quickly through a building.
  • Mice and rats can chew through anything from electrical wires to plumbing to the drywall.
  • Cockroaches can leave stains throughout your home or business. 

Helpful Tips For Preventing Fall Pests 

It’s clear that fall pests around Worcester are more than just annoying, and the best way to deal with these pests is to try to prevent them before they become a problem. While you can’t always completely keep pests out, you can take steps to deter them by making your property less attractive to them. Here are some simple instructions on how to prevent these pests:

  1. Most pests are attracted to moisture-filled environments, so start by fixing leaky plumbing.
  2. You can also use dehumidifiers to get rid of excess moisture.
  3. Make sure that attics, basements, and crawl spaces are well-ventilated as dampness in these areas is a big attractant for many pests.
  4. Keep outdoor garbage cans clean and fitted with tight lids.
  5. To keep pests from coming indoors, focus on access points such as broken screens in doors and windows.
  6. Install door sweeps and weather stripping to help keep insects outside.
  7. Vacuum, sweep, and declutter regularly.

How To Protect Your Home From Fall Pests

As you look to prepare your home for cooler temperatures and to prevent bug infestations during the upcoming months, the best way to do so is to get help from the professionals at Big Blue Pest Solutions. Our trained technicians will keep pests away from your home over the fall and winter months so you don’t have to worry about infestations. We are known for providing effective and responsible pest control in the Worcester area, and we also provide free inspections. Call us today to get started.