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How To Keep Fall Pests Out Of Your Columbus Home


How To Keep Fall Pests Out Of Your Columbus Home

September 17, 2021 - Fall Pests

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Don’t you just love the fall? The colors, the smells, and the crisp air. Autumn days are absolutely delightful, they are nature's last gift to us before the dark dreary season of winter overtakes the Central Ohio area. The pests feel it too. They are scurrying about doing what they do before seeking shelter between your walls, in your attic or basement, or maybe just in your living room. Mandau's Pest Solutions is here to make sure that doesn't happen.

Common Invaders

There are so many potential overwintering pests that you could concern yourself with as the weather cools. Those that tend to be more aggressive about home invasions in cooler weather include:

  • Rodents: Mice, rats, and squirrels will all be seeking a way inside this winter.

  • Mammals: Larger pests like raccoons and opossums will sometimes seek refuge indoors.

  • Spiders: Pretty much any spider that you have in your yard, could be a potential house guest

  • Beetles: Ladybugs, boxelder bugs, and stink bugs are the most common beetle invaders.

  • Roaches: These guys will breed so fast, you will be overrun before you know it.

  • Bees and Wasps: Generally outdoor pests, bees and wasps will often build inside your attic or up against a warm exterior wall to keep warm.

You can’t blame them, they are just trying to survive the winter. The problem is the damage they can do and the problems they can cause in the process.

Problems These Pests Create In Your Home

In the short time that these pests are hunkering down, they can do a lot of damage to your home and spread some nasty germs as well.

  • Rodents will chew up your insulation, wiring, and sheetrock. They will leave feces and urine wherever they go. Rodents damage shingles, contaminate food stores, and also carry diseases and introduce ticks and fleas into your home. These ticks and fleas bring with them a completely different set of problems and diseases.

  • Spiders and beetles are pretty much nuisance pests. The biggest problem with them is the volume. Boxelder bugs for example will invade by the hundreds.

  • Besides being just plain nasty, roaches are responsible for spreading several very dangerous diseases.

  • We all know that bees and wasps will swarm and sting if their nests are threatened. We can usually steer clear of the outdoors, but when they are nesting inside your home, avoidance becomes a challenge.

When these or other pests invade you lose a sense of security that you had in your home. It comes at a really bad time because you and your family are hunkering down for the winter as well.

Prevention Tips

Seasonal prevention and ongoing care from a pest control company is the best way to avoid these overwintering invaders. However, there are some other ways that you can keep the pests away, including:

  • Inspect your home and seal up any cracks around the foundation or exterior walls

  • Put mesh screens on all attic vents

  • Put a cap on the chimney

  • Store firewood away from the house

  • Ensure door sweeps and seals are in good repair

These are housekeeping items that all homeowners should do regularly, but they do help in preventing pests looking for a winter home.

The Pros Are Here To Help

It gets cold in Central Ohio and we have enough problems with ice dams on our roofs or frost heaves in our driveways. The last thing we need to be dealing with in February is mice or roaches. Mandau’s Pest Solutions is happy to come out this fall and make sure that you won't have that problem. You can rake the leaves and leave the pests to us. Call for a free estimate today and learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.

Customer Review


Excellent! He was here within a day, and treated our house, inside and out, quicker than we could have asked. Highly recommend!!! Thank you, Bret!

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