by Angie Kay Dilmore
As any local knows well, there are a LOT of bugs and other pests in Southwest Louisiana. And with autumn just around the corner, now is the time to prepare for fall pest control. Just like us humans, as temperatures decrease, these critters get cold . . . and hungry! Your home could be a perfect source of warmth and food.
But remember, you hold the keys, so don’t allow them to enter. Follow these tips from J&J Exterminating to keep your home and property pest-free.
Check your home for cracks and other openings where pests might come in. “It’s important for homeowners to inspect and/or replace weather stripping around doors and windows, as well as any screened vents that may lead to soffits and attic areas,” says Robert Soileau, Lake Charles branch manager at J&J Exterminating. “This eliminates the majority of pests from entering inside.”
Maintain your lawn. Keep the yard mowed, weeds pulled, and tree limbs trimmed to keep rodents from invading your home and property. “There may still be a lot of clutter and debris in your yard from the storms last year, which is the ideal rodent habitat. Remove debris as soon as possible,” Soileau says.
Eliminate standing water to help control mosquitoes. Soileau reminds us that we’ve had a lot of rain this year. Drain low-lying areas and places where water puddles. Empty containers that can collect water. If warmer temperatures linger through fall, mosquitoes will flourish.
Consider new treated attic insulation. For residents who need new attic insulation, consider a type that is energy-efficient AND repels bugs. Soileau says Thermal Acoustical Pest Control (TAP) insulation – a loose-fill insulation made of cellulose and recycled newspaper – is affordable, soundproof, energy-efficient and fire retardant. “It also provides better protection against cold and heat – and insects.”
TAP is infused with boric acid that will kill all insects, including formosan termites. It is the only pest control product with an Energy Star Rating. “If your attic insulation was damaged, it will need to be replaced to rid your home of any health risks,” Soileau adds. “Properly insulating your attic can reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 30 percent. Upgrading your insulation also adds value to your home.”
Call a pest control company. Sometimes you simply need to call the pros to help combat pest issues, especially while we are still dealing with the aftermath of last year’s storms.