Ground shifting from extremely dry soil could be making it easier for pests like mice and bugs, like maple bugs, to invade your house this fall.
Shawn Sherwood with Poulins Pest Control explained the challenge facing homeowners as the season changes.
“It’s been very dry and that means that most of the homes in the city have moved — well, in the country for that matter — and that opens up all kinds of little openings,” Sherwood said.
The pest expert recommends doing a perimeter inspection around the home. Any cracks larger than pinky-size will allow unwanted critters to move in.
Sherwood said most of the holes will be near the joist box and concrete foundation, which are easy to seal.
“But if you’re thinking that you’re going to keep mice out with just a silicone or a spray foam — you’re not, they’ll just chew through that,” he said. “You’ve got to back it with metal of some sort.”
While steel wool is an option, Sherwood noted it will start to rust with any moisture, so the best option is copper mesh.
If mice have already moved in, Sherwood said the only options are either traps or poison. He added there are downsides to both methods as dealing with a mouse in a trap is one thing, but figuring out where the rodent died from poison can be smelly business.
When it comes to maple bugs, ants and flies, Sherwood said Raid isn’t the best bet because it only kills on contact. He suggests using a residual spray outside the house at any access points including eaves, cracks and crevices.