The weather is changing and lattes taste more like pumpkin spice. It is officially autumn, and pests are looking for warm places to nest or breed. It is vital to keep pests away from your home. These are just a few of the pest management tips we offer.

1. Pay attention to moisture

Basements, crawl spaces, and attics are the darkest and most damp areas of your home. Despite your best efforts to keep pests away, they are still attracted to moisture. There are two choices: go up or head down, or check for water damage and leaks. Then you can make repairs or use humidifiers to reduce humidity. Grab a ladder to clean the gutters near your roofline.

2. All cracks and crevices must be sealed

Take a look at the exterior of your house. Are there cracks in the walls or foundations? Are there crevices or cracks in the foundations Are your siding peeling off or separating from the house? These are easy entry points to pests and should be sealed. These small spaces shouldn't be underestimated. Even mice can squeeze through tiny spaces as narrow and small as a dime.

3. You can add vents to your screens

You should not neglect areas in your home that are often overlooked. Pests can easily gain access to dryer vents, chimneys, and doggy doors. Screens are the best way to keep pests out and vent air from areas that cannot be sealed.

4. Tackle Repairs

This is the second tip. As you work around your home, be sure to check your fall home maintenance list. Replace weather stripping around exterior doors and windows, repair cracked mortar between bricks and replace damaged ones, and repair any that are damaged. These are all easy entry points for pests.

5. Clean Up the Kitchen

We don't want to make you sound like your mom but it might be time to move on from your kitchen. Pests will find food in containers that are open or on countertops. Pet bowls can provide unlimited food and water. What would you do if you had unlimited food and water?

6. Track your trash

Ok, maybe you did listen to your mom and cleaned out her kitchen. Let's get on to the outside garbage cans. Securely tie the bags you are throwing away. Any cans that you use should be sealed and kept at a safe distance. mole control access to your home. They should be kept out of your home.

7. Double-check everything that you bring in

It is important to be mindful of what you bring into the home. You could replace your summer wreath with Halloween decorations or bring in the Amazon parcel you have been waiting for. Even though you might not realize it, you could be bringing pests into your yard. This is true for all equipment that you keep in your yard once you've finished raking the autumn leaves.

8. Take care of your garden

Fall parties can be held in a fire pit. This is a favorite spot for pests. It should be removed after each use. Also, firewood should never be left near your house. You can still keep beautiful autumn leaves in the garden. Do not accumulate autumn leaves you don't need until Thanksgiving. Get rid of them!