Seattle, Washington, known for its gloomy and rainy days, is affected the most between November through February. These months peak the highest when it comes to Seattle’s rainy season. While there are some pests that thrive in a moist and damp environment, there are many that seek shelter during heavy rainfall. Pests like ants, rodents, earwigs, cockroaches, and spiders will commonly find their way indoors, away from the rain. Luckily, there are numerous things you can do to navigate Seattle’s rainy season and keep your home cozy and dry for you, not pests.
The most important thing you can do for the protection of your home is to seal any potential entry points. Inspect your home for cracks, gaps, or any small openings where pests could potentially enter. It is also important to inspect your home’s windows and doors and any screens that may be attached to these entryways. Use materials like caulk, weatherstripping, or mesh to prevent pests from sneaking into your home.
Clogged gutters and drains promote standing water – a common attractant for pests. By regularly maintaining your gutters and drains, you can help prevent standing water and remove hiding places for bugs to seek refuge during heavy rainfall. Pests are attracted to organic materials, whether it is for them to seek shelter or to eat. By eliminating these organic building materials, you can prevent pests from lingering near your home.
Tree branches, bushes, and shrubs are common places for bugs to nest. Tree branches can also serve as access points to the roof of your home for pests like rodents. When possible, it is beneficial to trim back any foliage near the home. This keeps pests further away from the home, and with regular maintenance, discourages them from creating nests and breeding grounds in your plants.
During rainfall, pests will look for areas to hide. One common area is gathered firewood, mulch, or compost. These areas provide many crevices for pests to sneak under, protecting them from the rain. When storing firewood or any other organic matter, it is important to keep these areas away from the home.
Throughout the rainy season, regularly inspect your home for any signs of pest activity. Look for droppings, gnaw marks, or trails. When it comes to preparing your home for the rainy season, it is important to address any signs of activity promptly. If a pest finds its way inside your home, it is a possibility that your home could quickly become the pest’s breeding grounds come spring. You may also consider hiring a pest control company that specializes in addressing pests in the Seattle area, like Insight Pest Solutions if the repairs and infestation become too much. Insight Pest Solutions is always happy to help and wants to make your home a better place to live. Call us at (888) 414-1430 to schedule an appointment today.