Pest-Proofing Your House in the Fall (and Winter)

Fall is here! As the weather grows more chilly, we will certainly want to spend more time keeping warm indoors, meaning pests will want to, too. This means, you may see signs of mice, cockroaches, and spiders indoors.

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These pests can be both health risks to families and physical risks to the structure of your home. Mice and rats carry diseases such as Salmonella and can damage drywall and electrical wires throughout a home. Cockroaches trigger allergies and asthma, especially in young children.

Pests are now in survival mode and are looking to relocate to a new home for the new winter. The ideal spot will be someplace warm and near a food source. This means your home is the ideal spot.

Don’t want pests this fall? Here are 11 pest-proofing tips and ideas:

  1. Check for stow-aways! Inspect grocery bags and boxes before you bring them inside.
  2. Repair damaged screens.
  3. Install door sweeps.
  4. Store firewood away from the house.
  5. Trim shrubbery at least 1 foot away from the foundation.
  6. Replace loose mortar around basement windows.
  7. Install weather stripping in all doors and windows.
  8. Make sure your garbage bags are in sealed bins and barrels.
  9. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of your home. Caulk will do just fine.
  10. Make sure all outdoor faucets are off and non-leaking.
  11. Make sure vents and screens near chimneys and attics aren’t broken or ripped.

If you see signs of an infestation, give us a call for rodent control and blocking services!

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Bonus Blog Article

When the 24-hour response line rings we answer

Out of the shower, and into the fire!

When the 24-hour emergency response line rings we answer. Well, we always try to answer and if we miss the call we are back in touch in 15 minutes or less for emergencies.

So when the phone rang that August night around 8 pm I happily fielded the call. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. It wasn’t easy because the phone was on the bathroom counter, and me, well… I was in the shower. I reached for the towel, then the phone and kindly asked how I could help.

Here’s the thing; when the facilities department at the University of Rhode Island told me “we need to reach even if you’re in the shower,” they meant it.

When I agreed to meet those terms, I meant it. There was a squirrel in a dorm room and we had someone on-site within 90 minutes. Squirrel removed and all parties satisfied. We stand by our commitment to our customers. We answer the phone, respond to calls and show up when we are supposed to.

These are standards at Debug Pest Control. I can’t guarantee we will always hear the phone ringing from the shower, but I can guarantee our commitment to providing you the service you expect and deserve. Even if means taking a cold shower.

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