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How to Prepare for a Pest-Free Autumn

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

PGM & SON; How to Prepare for a Pest-Free Autumn


Key Takeaway:

As the leaves change and autumn arrives in the UK, remember that pests can pose a unique challenge during this season. While our expert pest control services are here to safeguard your property from unwanted pests, we also offer a comprehensive loft clearing service to help you maximise your living space and prevent potential pest hideouts.

By taking proactive steps, including sealing entry points and maintaining a clean home, you can enjoy a pest-free and organised autumn. Whether you need immediate pest control assistance or loft clearing solutions, our team is dedicated to ensuring your comfort and peace of mind. Contact us today to take the first step in securing a pest-free and clutter-free home this season.


Autumn Pest Problems? We Have the Solutions!

Our expert pest control team understands the unique challenges that autumn pest infestations bring, and we are fully equipped to address them. We offer comprehensive pest inspections to identify potential issues, tailor-made solutions to suit your property's specific needs, and eco-friendly, humane pest control methods to protect both your home and the environment. With our services, you'll benefit from a pest-free environment that ensures the well-being of your family, the longevity of your property, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you're in the hands of pest control professionals dedicated to your satisfaction. This autumn, let us handle the pests, so you can fully embrace the beauty and comfort of the season. We hope you enjoy our latest blog post!

Autumn Pest Control Checklist

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Inspect and Seal

Thoroughly inspect your home for cracks, gaps, and holes, and seal them with caulk or weatherstripping. Pay special attention to doors, windows, and foundation areas.

Clean Up Outdoors

Remove fallen leaves, overgrown vegetation, and other debris from your garden, as these can provide hiding spots for pests. Keep your outdoor areas well-maintained.

Secure Rubbish Bins

Make sure your rubbish bins have tight-fitting lids to prevent scavenging pests like squirrels and rodents.

Firewood Care

If you use firewood, store it away from your home and off the ground. Inspect it for pests before bringing it indoors.

Professional Pest Inspection

Consider scheduling a professional pest inspection to identify any potential problem areas in and around your home.

Educate Your Family

Ensure that everyone in your household knows the importance of keeping doors closed and not leaving food or crumbs out, as these can attract pests.

Be Cautious with DIY Pest Control

If you encounter stinging insects or potentially dangerous pests, it's best to call a pest control professional to handle the situation safely.

Common Autumn Pests


As the weather cools down, mice and rats start seeking shelter indoors to escape the cold. They can squeeze through tiny cracks and gaps in your home's foundation, making it crucial to seal any potential entry points.

Stinging Insects

In autumn, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets become more aggressive as they prepare for the winter. Their nests can be found in eaves, shrubs, or even underground. Be cautious when dealing with these pests, as their stings can be painful and even life-threatening to those with allergies.

How to prepare for a pest free Autumn; Spiders


With fewer insects available outdoors, spiders may venture inside in search of food. While most spiders are harmless, some, can pose health risks. Regular cleaning and sealing cracks can help keep them out.


Cool autumn temperatures can drive ants indoors in search of food and water. Keep your kitchen clean and store food in airtight containers to deter these pesky invaders.

Stink Bugs

These shield-shaped insects can emit a foul odor when threatened. They often enter homes seeking warmth. Seal cracks and crevices in your home's exterior to prevent them from getting inside.

Preparing for Autumn's Unwanted Houseguests

Autumn in our beautiful county of Herefordshire is a season of cozy fires, crisp air, and golden landscapes. It's also a time when certain pests, especially rodents like mice and rats, become more determined to find shelter and food inside our homes. To help you prepare for potential rodent infestations this autumn, we'll explore the behaviour and provide valuable tips to keep them away.

Why Do Rodents Seek Shelter in Autumn?

As the temperatures drop, rodents start searching for warm and sheltered places to escape the chill. In the UK, this often leads them straight into our homes.

The Behaviour of Mice and Rats in Autumn

Nesting Instinct: Female mice and rats, particularly, are on a mission to find a secure nesting site to give birth and raise their young. They're attracted to the warmth and safety offered by our homes.

Food Scarcity

As autumn progresses, the availability of food outdoors diminishes. Rodents venture indoors in search of easy meals, often raiding pantries and trash cans.

Breeding Season

For rodents, autumn marks the breeding season. An infestation can quickly spiral out of control, as a single pair can produce several litters in a year, with each litter containing multiple offspring.

Preventing Rodent Infestations in Autumn

Seal Entry Points: Thoroughly inspect your home for any openings or cracks that rodents can use to gain access. Pay close attention to areas around pipes, vents, doors, and windows. Seal gaps with caulk or weatherstripping.

Maintain Your Garden: Keep your garden tidy by trimming overgrown vegetation, raking leaves, and eliminating clutter. Remove food sources like fallen fruits and secure compost bins.

Store Food Securely: Invest in airtight containers for pantry items to prevent rodents from reaching your food supplies.

Regular Cleaning: Maintain a clean and clutter-free home. Regularly clean up crumbs and food spills, and ensure that pet food is stored in sealed containers.

Professional Inspection: Consider enlisting the services of a professional pest control expert for a comprehensive inspection and advice tailored to your property.

Pet Precautions: If you have pets, be cautious about leaving their food out for extended periods, as this can attract rodents.

By taking these proactive steps, you can significantly reduce the risk of a rodent infestation in your home this autumn. It's not just about keeping your property pest-free; it's about ensuring your family's health and well-being during the colder months. If you suspect a rodent issue, don't hesitate to contact our pest control experts for swift and effective solutions. We're here to help you enjoy a rodent-free autumn.

Our Loft Clearing Service for a Pest-Free and Organised Autumn

PGM & SON; Loft clearing service

As we bid farewell to summer and welcome the beauty of autumn, it's crucial to prepare for potential pest invasions. While our expert pest control services are here to ensure a pest-free season for your home, we'd also like to introduce you to another valuable offering - our loft clearing service. Your loft can be a hidden haven for pests, clutter, and unused items. With our professional loft clearing service, you can transform this often-neglected space into a clean, organised area that adds to your home's efficiency and comfort. Whether you need to clear out a loft filled with stored items or are concerned about pests making their way into this space, we have you covered. Let us help you reclaim your loft and make the most of your living space. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive pest control services and the benefits of our loft clearing solutions.

Discover the Benefits of Our Autumn Pest Control Services

Autumn is a beautiful season, and with the right preparations, you can enjoy it pest-free. By following the above helpful tips, you can protect your home from unwanted pests and maintain a cozy, pest-free environment throughout the seasonal changes. If you have concerns about pests in your home or commercial property, don't hesitate to contact our expert pest control team for assistance. We're here to help you enjoy a pest-free autumn!


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