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Pests like to find a cozy place to live in your house when the seasons change. Autumn is a prime time for rodents, spiders, and cockroaches to invade your space. Follow these nine simple tips to keep the pesky critters outside where they belong.

Keep Things Clean

Rodents, ants, and roaches look for places to eat so you need to clean up food as soon as you’re done. Spray down counters, wipe up crumbs, and throw away uneaten food.

Eliminate Moisture

Cockroaches like warm and humid places to camp out for the winter. Keep your home well ventilated by opening windows. Mop up spills and check for leaks in your plumbing.

Seal Cracks

Bugs find their way through cracks and gaps around the windows, doors, and along the walls. The British Pest Control Association recommends that all people block gaps as soon as you notice them to reduce pest infestation.

Check Your Pets

Fleas and other bugs catch a ride inside on cats and dogs. Fleas can bite humans and cause itching. Give your pets a regular anti-flea treatment and vacuum carpets regularly.

Don’t Squish!

It’s tempting to step on bugs when you see them but resist the urge. Stepping on a bug can cause their eggs to spread. Use a spray or powder to eliminate the nuisance.

Get a Good Vacuum

Bedbugs are becoming a bigger problem in the UK and can hide in luggage or bedding. Signs of a problem include blood spots on the sheets or unexplained itching. They can hide in furniture, beds, along walls, and in cracks. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!

Strong Aroma

Spiders dislike strong aromas. Diffuse or spray strong scents such as cinnamon, rose, lavender, tea tree oil, or peppermint to keep them away.

Close Food

Bugs find their way into any open food. Keep everything in airtight containers to ensure pests don’t find their way in.

Call a Professional

If these tips don’t eliminate the problem, you might need to reach out and gain assistance from a professional pest expert. They’ll know how to get rid of any critters who find their way inside.