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Pest Proofing DIY Tips This Autumn

Pest proofing is highly important in autumn. The reason why is simple. During this period, some pests get ready to hibernate, and some will be starting to come inside in anticipation of the colder weather. Take the opportunity to put your DIY skills to good use this autumn and keep the pests out. Pest proofing can potentially spare you from hibernating queen wasps. It can also keep out squirrels, mice, roof rats and any other creatures looking for a warm retreat. To prevent pests becoming a problem, here are some pest proofing procedures to follow…

Seal up all entry points and cracks

The most obvious DIY pest proofing jobs are fairly easy. The best way to prevent pests from getting into your home is to seal up possible entry points. Make sure there are no cracks or holes around your windows or doors. They should seal tightly.

seal holes for pest proofing

As the nights draw in and it gets colder, you should also start closing windows. You can also examine the external walls of your home to make sure there is nowhere for pests to enter.

Keep food away from hungry mouths

Pests are looking for shelter, warmth and food as autumn weather turns towards winter. The most basic pest proofing measure against hungry creatures is to tightly seal it away. Any food kept in cupboards should be in plastic containers or glass jars. In addition to this, you should keep your kitchen free of food waste and sure all surfaces and floors are kept clear of spills and crumbs. Also, do not leave bins full overnight. And make sure to do your washing up before going to bed. Remember, pests mostly come out at night. These kinds of morsels attract mice to your home and are essentially a buffet for them.

Keep your home clean for pest proofing

Another simple pest proofing measure is to keep  the rest of your home clean too. Vacuum and clean as often as you can. One of the best things you can do is to clear up clutter. Pests love to stow away in hidden nooks and crannies. To prevent this, cluttered areas should be cleared.

dirty washing up

Also try to clean your cupboards and stored items as often as possible. Moths like to hide in cupboards and will destroy your clothing if you let them. Clearing away this year’s eggs could stop a clothes moth infestation from getting out of hand next spring.

Remove accessible sources of water

Most people don’t realise that pests actually need water to survive. To prevent them from moving into your home and multiplying, you should remove sources of water. Try to keeps sinks, baths and showers as dry as possible. Fix leaking taps quickly. And make sure they are properly turned off at all times as well. Finally, don’t leave half-finished cups of tea or water lying around overnight.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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