The cool fall air has moved into much of the country and we are sorry to say, but you are not the only one who is aware of the fast approaching winter. Bugs, mice, snakes, and other pests are looking for shelter from the cold winter months and a structure such as that of your home or business are ideal accommodations with a nearby food source. Indoor pests can be a serious danger for homeowners as many can contaminate food and other surfaces around the home with their droppings. Mice and other rodents may even pose a fire hazard if they gnaw on electrical wiring within the home. When it comes to pests, prevention is the key. A few preventative pest-proofing steps as well as on-going monitoring of the home is a smart and naturally "green" choice to help keep pests at bay this winter. Here are a few effective things that you as a homeowner can do to help prevent and deter pests from moving into your home: 1. Promptly address home repairs - If summer storms or years of wear and tear have left parts of your home vulnerable to pests then now is the time to repair them, before the winter weather arrives. 2. Investigate the perimeter of the home - Cracks in the foundation or walls of the home, older windows or door with gaps in the jams, broken screens and outdoor plumbing or vents that are not properly sealed are all entryways for pests and rodents into the home. Take the time to seal these access points before the cooler weather settles in and you will help keep unwanted guests out of the home. 3. Maintain landscaping - Trim tree limbs that extend near the home, cut back shrubs that touch the exterior of the building and remove ground cover near the home. Look at your outdoor landscaping from the eyes of a pest. Does it offer shelter from the elements? Or provide a highway onto your roof or near your home? If pests are living around your home they will naturally seek shelter inside of your home when the weather turns cold. 4. Have good housekeeping habits - Store food in tightly fitting, sealed containers, promptly clean up after meals and never leave crumbs or spills around the home. Pests are always in search of a food source and even come equipped with ways in nature to notify other pests when they find one. Keeping a clean home can also prompt you to notice an infestation early on which always makes control easier. 5. Manage water - All living things need water to survive. Don’t allow water sources around the home attract pests and other rodents. Leaky pipes, poorly draining gutters, a leaky roof and other water around the home can serve as a water supply for pests and rodents. 6. Monitor your home for pests and rodents - Strategically placed glue boards can alert you to a pest or rodent infestation in your home. Fall is a great time to place fresh glue boards in areas of your home that are vulnerable to pests like basements, attics, and areas previously infested. If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having a rodent infestation this fall check out our full line of rodent products available online at www.catchmaster.com.