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Protect Your WV Home From Fall Pests

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The cool crisp weather of fall is here and this means that West Virginia bugs and other pests are looking for a warm, safe home to stay in over the winter months. Common pests that are currently trying to enter homes in Charleston, West Virginia include stink bugs, spiders, lady bugs, mice and many others. These fall pests enter into homes in order to find shelter, food and water during the cold weather months; however they are not just an annoyance to have to deal with in your home, they are difficult to prevent and eliminate, can cause damage to your home and introduce diseases to you and your family.

  • Stink bugs as their name suggests will emit a very powerful foul odor when they are frightened or squashed. During the colder winter months, stink bugs will look for a warm place in which to overwinter. They are drawn to the warm outside walls of homes and will find their way into your home through gaps that they find in its exterior.

  • Spiders in West Virginia also start to enter into homes in large numbers in the fall months. Common house spiders are the most common species to enter into homes and while they are considered to be nuisance pests they can be difficult to find in your home, making it difficult to eliminate them without the help of a trained West Virginia exterminator.

  • Rodents like mice also enter into homes to find shelter and easy access to food and water during the winter months. Once inside they can chew through wires, insulation and plumbing pipes which can cause fires, water damage and mold damage in your home. Mice can also introduce serious diseases and bacteria into your home that can make you and your family ill.

As a homeowner, there are changes and repairs that you can do around your West Virginia home to help prevent fall pests from entering. Some pest prevention tips include:

  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation.

  • Caulk gaps found around exterior doors and windows.

  • Trim back trees and bushes from the exterior of your home.

  • Keep your outdoor trash cans a distance from the exterior of your home covered with a tight fitting lid.

  • Make sure that your chimney has a tight fitting cap.

  • Keep fruits, vegetables and other food off your counters and in the refrigerator, freezer or in sealed containers.

In addition to fixing the areas around your home and property that could be attracting pests and allowing them into your home, the best way to prevent fall pest invasions is to implement a home pest control plan. A home pest control plan will provide you with routine pest control service that generally includes treating for your current infestation, completing preventative treatments and working with you to help control future problems around your home.

If you are having problems with pests in your home and need West Virginia pest control services, the professionals at Ace Exterminators can help. Contact Ace Exterminators today to get quick, professional, effective service to eliminate problems with fall pests or any other type of pest that may be invading your home!