Living in Louisiana comes with pest problems all throughout the year. Between insects, vermin, birds, and other wildlife, there’s always some kind of creature looking to take up residence in our yards or our homes. It’s important for homeowners to stay active in their at-home pest prevention, but this effort is rendered ineffective if you fail to consider seasonality. If you’re looking to learn more about how to keep pests away this fall and winter, read on. We’ve compiled some insight and advice from our team of technicians to help you take care of pests on your own!
What Rain Means for Pests in Covington LA
While we certainly appreciate some summer rainfall here in Louisiana, the increase in rainfall over the summer has led to a considerable increase in pest issues through the fall. Mosquitoes and cockroaches become nuisances in the mixture of lingering heat and wet conditions. Excess rainfall provides mosquitoes with standing water breeding grounds and sends cockroaches indoors to avoid drowning.
However, now that the temperatures are starting to drop as we head into winter, rodents and beetles are going to take over as the most pressing pests. Rats, mice, Asian lady beetles, and more pests in Southeastern LA look to find shelter and warmth inside our homes, particularly our walls, attics, and crawl spaces, once the rain and cold become too intense.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has recently put out the newest edition of their biannual Bug Barometer. Read the full report here.
DIY Pest Prevention for Fall and Winter
When conducting DIY pest control, it’s important to make decisions informed by pest seasonality. These are the three most important ways to keep your home pest-free during the fall and winter:
- Close off any entry points around your home. These could be gaps around doors and windows, cracks in your foundation and walls, or broken roof tiles and vents.
- Don’t leave food or trash exposed. Use sealable trash bins and take the garbage out as often as you can. Additionally, keep your food stored in airtight containers.
- Clean up your yard. Keep your grass cut short to eliminate standing water buildup that could attract mosquitoes. You should also clear out any yard waste often and store any firewood off of the ground. Both of these measures will prevent pests from taking shelter in your yard.
How Ja-Roy Pest Control Can Help
Whether you’re currently dealing with a pest infestation or you’re just trying to get ahead of the winter to come, you can count on your local pest control company to help you protect your home. Our team of technicians at Ja-Roy Pest Control will take extra care to inspect your entire property, using safe and effective pest removal or extermination techniques to rid active pests and keep new ones from inhabiting your yard or home. For a free quote or to learn more about our fall and winter pest control services, contact us today!