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Controlling pests in fall

Seasons come and go, but pests are active and potentially pose damage to health and property all year long.

Protecting your family and home isn’t a seasonal chore, but with the right approach it doesn’t have to be a daunting one either.

Fall is the time to inspect your property and protect it from pests looking for a winter home. Take an integrated approach to identifying, monitoring and preventing potential problems.

The following tips will help with cooler weather preparation:

•Rake fallen leaves and clean out gutters as pests can congregate in fallen foliage. As an added benefit, this may help improve your home’s curb appeal. Numerous studies link landscaping and well-maintained lawns to property value increases of 11 percent to 15 percent.

•Don’t transport firewood more than 10 miles away from your home. Invasive insects, such as the emerald ash borer, can hitch a ride and begin new infestations within their surroundings.

•Enjoy picnics or tailgating events, but keep all open food in sealed containers to prevent attracting ants, mice and other insects and rodents.

– Family Features