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Fall Out with Pests
10/2/2017 9:47:38 PM
Fall Pests

As cooler weather arrives, the battle against bugs and pests can shift and take on a life of its own as rodents, mice, and roaches attempt to escape the outdoor chill. 

Burrowing their way into homes and offices, these pests are often difficult to eliminate and can cause a host of problems in attics and walls. Rodents are known for chewing through electrical wires and drywall as well as plumbing, piping, and air conditioning ducts.

The best way to deal with these rodents is to meet them at the door -- preventing entry and proactively stopping the problems before they arrive. Robert Soileau, branch manager at J&J Exterminating of Lake Charles, said the best preventative measure at this time of year is to be mindful of stacking things up closely to the home. "Any type of clutter near the home can lead to pest problems during the colder months. The rodents and insects are looking for a warm place to find shelter, and any kind of pile of leaves or clutter can attract them to come near and eventually enter your home if things are not sealed tightly.” In general, people do less landscaping and spend less time outdoors during the winter months. Any time there is dormancy near a home or building, insects and rodents will take advantage of the vacant area and move in. 

J&J Exterminating serves customers throughout Southwest Louisiana. The company offers Goldshield 365 -- a program designed to effectively keep pests out of the home with integrated pest management. The program uses proven long-lasting baits and barriers to block entry with physical and residual barriers.

"In the fall, it is especially important to have a proactive plan to address these pests before they can get into the home. Our exterminators will inspect for possible entry points such as construction joints, utility entrances, vents, windows, and doors,” Soileau said.

If you store firewood outdoors, it is important to keep woodpiles at least 20 feet from your home and store in an elevated place if possible. Homeowners can also remove any plants that are past their prime from nearby homes and buildings, which can be an attractive place for many insects to settle. If plants are overgrown, cut them back at least two feet from the home.

Fall decorations, such as scarecrows, hay bales, and pumpkins can also attract pests. Be sure to check these items before bringing them indoors, and shake them frequently if they are left outside for an extended length of time.
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