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As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to fall, it’s tempting to think your problems with pests are about to be over until next spring. “Alright!” you tell yourself, “everything will die or hibernate and we can chill out until next year.

Unfortunately, you couldn’t be more wrong.

While it is true that many species of insect die off or go dormant with the coming cold, and it is also true that many animals hibernate come winter, that’s not what they all do. Some species of insect and rodent stay alive and active year-round if they can, and they do so by seeking shelter in YOUR home. That heat you love, that roof you trust, the kitchen you stock, and the running water you drink? All of it gives certain rodents and pests a similar level of sustenance and comfort. Furthermore, these animals don’t really know how to do anything other than seek those two things out.

They’re coming for you, in other words, and it’s on you to stay as vigilant in late fall and early winter as you will be next spring. Take heart, though, there’s plenty you can do to help your cause:

  • Install door sweeps on external doors; repair broken or damaged screens
  • Seal cracks in the exterior of your house
  • Keep your firewood stored at least 20 feet from your home
  • Check your pets for ticks and fleas every time they come inside
  • Put screens over chimney openings and vents
  • Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping
  • Store your food in airtight containers
  • Fix leaky pipes and faucets
  • Take your garbage out to curbside receptacles more frequently

The bottom line is, pests such as spiders and cockroaches, as well as rodents like mice and bats, want into your home. They like it just as much as you do, if not more so. It’s life and death for them, and if they get cozy to the point of thriving, it can be an absolute nightmare for you. Fall pest control isn’t just important: it’s essential to keeping your home in great repair.

In the event you can’t stave off an infestation on your own, whether you live in NYC or out on Long Island, call Rest Easy Pest Control. Trust us. We’ll know what to do.