Halloween pest control can help keep your holiday festive.
It’s October, a chill is in the air and homeowners are busy decking their halls with spiders, rats and other creepy crawlers in preparation for Halloween. It is about the only time of the year that pests are an acceptable décor choice around the home. Holiday displays aside, here are some tips for keeping the real pests at bay this year.
Spiders – better out than in
Did you know that spiders can actually be a beneficial pest, particularly in your garden? Perhaps not the best news if you suffer from arachnophobia. It’s true though, spiders in your garden play a pivotal role in keeping down the number of plant-killing bugs and may also prevent you from being stung while working in your garden. However, very few of us want to share our homes with these creatures.
Spider pest control tips
- To keep spiders out of your home, consider performing some exclusion work, filling cracks and crevices, sealing gaps and openings around the home and replacing door sweeps that may no longer provide a strong seal.
- Another great line of defense against indoor spiders is your vacuum cleaner. Suck up any visible spiders and be sure to remove cobwebs around your home as well.
- Finally, consider monitoring your home for spiders with our glue traps and boards. Place our glue trays or boards in out of the way areas to find what’s really creeping around your home this fall.
Halloween Pest Control – Keeping the Rats at Bay
Much like spiders, rats can enter your home through relatively small cracks and holes. Did you know that a rat can squeeze its body through a hole the size of a quarter? There are a couple of actions you can take to keep rats away. First, fill any holes or gaps you find around the perimeter of your home. Second, keep your plumbing in tip top shape. Like many other pests, rats are drawn to moisture and a leaky pipe can be the water source needed.
Beware the Pumpkin Eaters
Lastly, be careful where you place that seasonal pumpkin. Pumpkins are a huge component of Halloween Pest Control. Pumpkins left outdoors are a great food source for rats, mice and other rodents and will also draw pests to your home particularly as the pumpkin begins to rot.
Pumpkin pest prevention
- Display pumpkins in a cool, dry place to prevent mold and rot from setting in early and attract insects.
- You can protect your pumpkins with a simple mixture of bleach and water. Simply spray this mixture on a carved pumpkin each day before Halloween for an easy, effective pest management practice to keep fruit flies and other insects at bay.
- To avoid your pumpkin serving as a food source for rodents and squirrels in the area, try coating the pumpkin inside and out with hot pepper sauce.
We hope these tips help you to enjoy the Halloween season where the only pests you see are a part of your seasonal décor.
Bobby Kossowicz is a content creator for the Catchmaster® brand, learn more here: https://catchmasterpro.com/blog/bobby-kossowicz/
Additional Halloween Pest Control Resources
Looking for more Halloween pest tips? Gest some mosquito tips from our own Captain Stan (aka the Mosquito Man) here: https://catchmasterpro.com/blog/halloween-mosquito-prevention/
Learn more about pests at Pest World, the official site of the National Pest Management Association here: http://pestworld.org/