Your Fall Pest-Proofing Checklist
With autumn right around the corner, and insects soon ready to find the warmth around your home, this is the best time to check off some chores from your fall pest-proofing checklist! Below are some preparations you can make to your home to prevent pests from invading your home this fall and winter.
- Inspect your home for any cracks and entry point holes, paying close attention to the sunny-sides of your home as those sides (the south and west sides) are more attracting to pests looking for warmth. Seal up any you holes you may find with caulk and/or steel wool. For an extra dose of protection, check around pipes and utility entry areas for entry points as well.
- Pests are attracted to moisture. Keep areas such as basements, attics and crawlspaces ventilated and moisture-free. The use of a dehumidifier will aid in keeping your basement dry.
- Clean up leaves and outdoor debris. Trim back any branches or shrubbery around the house. Branches can become insect roadways into your home.
- Check and repair any screen damage.
- Install door sweeps to eliminate an entry point for insects and moisture.
- Clean debris out of gutters.
- Seal out moisture, drafts and insects by replacing weather stripping around doors and windows.
- If you’re chopping up firewood for the winter, store it at least 20 feet away from your home.
- Treat yourself to a fall treat for your pest-proofing preparedness!
Our licensed and certified pest specialists can inspect your home for you and treat your home if need be. Call Safeway Pest Management at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800.
You can also visit our website at www.safewaypest.net
As the warmer weather moves in, we all spring into action, including those pesky, unwanted intruders!
If you’re looking for a way to prevent some of those intruders from entering your home, try hitting some or even ALL of our points on our Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist below and have a happy and hopefully pest-free spring season!
Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist
- Check your roof (or hire a professional) for any leaks
- Sweep up cobwebs and clean out nooks and crannies where spiders and other insects may dwell
- Repair any screen damage before opening those windows and screen doors to let in that spring air (You probably don’t want to let insects in as well!)
- Check for gaps around windows and doors
- Clear and replace old mulch
- Check for evidence of moisture or condensation around plumbing or windows
- Make sure garbage containers are properly sealed and stored
- Clear old shrubbery away from the home
- Clean out gutters
- Clean out pantries and around appliances in the kitchen to pick up any food debris
- Check to make sure pet food is stored in sealed containers
- Clean out any unneeded clutter in storage areas where pests can hide
- Check your yard and eliminate sources of standing water
- Keep moisture down by making use of a dehumidifier in your basement
- Call your preferred pest management company to inspect for any potential problems
Safeway Pest Management can inspect and locate areas that could potentially cause a pest problem. We offer one time service options, but also offer monthly, bi-monthly and seasonal options for regular maintenance of your home and business. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit our website at www.safewaypest.net to get a free quote!
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While you’re getting ready for holiday festivities, in the background, some pests may be celebrating right along with you!
You may not realize it, but pests can be commonly introduced into your home via some surprising ways, such as your Christmas tree! Other easy access routes may originate from wreaths and firewood. Some pests can live deep in the crevices of wood. To prevent bringing pests into your home, inspect wood for eggs, pests and nests and shake off trees and greenery outdoors before bringing them inside.
Decorating your home and tree can bring much joy, but also can bring about another way in which pests can enter your living space. Boxes of decorations kept in storage areas such as garages, attics and basements are great places for pests to hide. Unpack any holiday decorations outside or in the garage and keep decorations sealed up in storage bins with tight-fitting lids for an extra dose of protection.
Looking forward to all of those holiday goodies? So are pests! It’s no secret that pests love FOOD. Before making those delicious treats, check your pantry for any expired ingredients and also check items that haven’t been used in awhile. For best pest prevention, keep food items stored in containers, clean up food messes and don’t let those dirty dishes sit overnight.
If you’re planning a holiday getaway, keep in mind that you may not escape hidden pests. Bed Bugs specialize in holiday travel and are sneaky hitchhikers. Bed Bugs travel easily in your luggage and personal belongings. If you’re checking in somewhere, put your luggage in the bathroom tub or elevated on a rack away from the bed and wall and closely inspect mattresses, paying special attention to crevices. Perform an outside inspection of your luggage upon returning home. Lastly, as an added safety measure, place dryer-safe clothing items in the dryer for 15 minutes or more on the highest setting.
All of us at Safeway Pest Management wish you a happy and pest-free holiday season!
If you’re in need of professional assistance with a pest issue, give us a call at 262-679-4422 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net.
The trees are changing, the weather is cooling and you can now relax because those summer insects will soon be gone, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Although some summertime invaders will soon be a distant memory, others will be seeking a cozy and warm place to spend the winter.
There are two important key points to remember in pest proofing 101. First, you want to keep pests from invading and entering your home and secondly, you want to avoid making your home inviting for any pests that do find a way inside by eliminating food and water sources.
The number one thing on your to-do list is to inspect your home.
- Look for cracks and entry point holes and seal up any you may find. Pay close attention to the sunny-sides of your home as those sides (the south and west sides) are more attracting to pests looking for warmth. Also check around pipes and utility entry areas for entry points.
- Check all doors and windows. Check for cracks, check screens to make sure they are free of holes and are tight fitting. Install door sweeps where needed.
Some other helpful pest prevention tips:
- Use containers with tight fitting lids in storage areas. Reduce clutter and store containers off of the floor.
- Clean up leaves and outdoor debris. Trim back any branches or shrubbery around the house.
- Store your garbage in sealed containers, and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep outdoor grilling areas and indoor food areas clean and free of food debris. Store food in airtight containers.
- Eliminate water sources.
- Keep bird feeders away from your home. Check into squirrel guards to keep wildlife at bay.
If you are in need of professional service, or if you’d like assistance in inspecting your home, call Safeway Pest Management at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net
If you think about some of the creepy things found in your typical haunted house, it may shock you to realize that many are pest-related! There are Halloween horrors such as: Webs filled with spooky spiders in windows, cockroaches in the kitchen, and rodents running along the walls. Having these pests in your home can be a truly hair-raising experience no matter what time of the year!
Spiders, while beneficial in your garden and in reducing the number of other insects in your home, can also bite humans.
Cockroaches are an unsanitary pest and known carriers of diseases such as salmonella and dysentery and can cause asthmatic reactions and allergic reactions in some individuals.
Rodents like mice and rats can carry diseases such as leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, hantavirus and salmonellosis. They also have the ability to chew through electrical cords, which can spark fires.
Some Halloween Pest-Proofing Tips:
- On the exterior of your home, seal any noticeable cracks or openings, especially around pipes and wiring that enter your home.
- Keep food in closed containers, left out food attracts pests.
- Clean up spills and garbage. Keep garbage in a closed container.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and 5 inches off of the ground.
- Call a pest professional if needed.
Safeway Pest Management is licensed, certified, knowledgeable and available to answer any questions or help with treatment of your pest problems. Please call our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444 or Toll Free at 800-956-0800.
You can also visit our website at http://www.safewaypest.net
With Ant Man presently playing in theaters, our Safeway staff decided that they wanted to weigh in on their all time favorite pest-related movie. What’s yours?
MouseHunt (1997) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: Sal-Owner and President
Joe’s Apartment (1996) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: Brian-Supervisor and Art-Pest Specialist
Starship Troopers (1997) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: Josh-Service Manager
A Bug’s Life (1998) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: Courtney-Office Manager
Antz (1998) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: Dana-Route Coordinator and Ben-Pest Specialist
Big Ass Spider (2013) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: John F.-Pest Specialist
The Birds (1963) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: Jerry-Pest Specialist
The Fly (1986) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: Rick-Pest Specialist
Wasp Woman (1959) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: Shane-Pest Specialist
The Swarm (1978) Favorite Pest Related Movie of: John W.-Pest Specialist