What’s that crawling across your kitchen floor? When cooler weather hits, pests begin their search for warmer spaces in order to escape the cold. As much as you enjoy the cozy comfort of your home, it won’t be so relaxing when pests are let in on the secret and take up some new hiding spots inside your home. Though you haven’t invited them inside, pests will take advantage of every opportunity to feed on your leftovers and crawl up your walls. Check out 5 ways to keep pests out of your home this fall. 1. Check for gaps and cracks A mouse can crawl inside your home through a hole the size of a nickel! Take a look around the foundation of your home and seal any cracks. Inspect the doors and windows around your home and ensure they’re properly sealed. Consider installing a door sweep or door closer if you’re paranoid about unwanted pests out of your home. 2. Get rid of standing water Mosquitoes love standing water, which means you should make every effort to avoid creating a potential lake in your yard. You’d be surprised where water can pool and attract bugs. Inspect your gutters to make sure they’re free of leaves or clogs. Water won’t drain, and instead you’ll be welcoming all sorts of unwanted creatures. Leaves shouldn’t be piled up in your lawn, either, as they’re the perfect hiding place. Taking care of your yard is critical in keeping pests away. 3. Do some cleaning Where there’s a mess, there’s probably a pest. Beyond cleaning up your yard, walk through your home and pick up any piles of newspapers or old boxes. Even small amounts of clutter can be hiding places and breeding grounds for bugs. Consider emptying and cleaning your cupboards every so often to ensure you won’t find any surprises later. 4. Be conscious of the trash Don’t be sharing your food with the small, crawling guests in your home. As much as you don’t like the trash, pests love it. Be sure to take out the garbage out on a regular basis and keep it in a central location in your kitchen instead of spread throughout your home. Garbage containers with lids are a better idea when it comes to defending pests. 5. Install screens It’s tempting to keep the windows open and let a cool breeze flow through your home. But doing so also presents a prime opportunity for pests to enter. Instead of keeping the windows closed, you can install screens to welcome the weather in your home and keep the pests outside. Be sure to inspect the screens already on your home to be sure there are no tears or cracks. While you can take preventative measures to keep pests out of your home this fall, we know they can still find their way into your living room or kitchen. If you’re experiencing a pest problem, call the professionals at Plunkett’s Pest Control. Our family-owned business has been around for over 100 years and we’re proud to offer the best pest control solutions.