When fall arrives, we all start making plans to spend more time indoors and less time out in the elements. Pests are the same way. Even native species that are well-adapted to your climate will start trying to find somewhere to hibernate or at least stay a little warmer. Your cabin could become their destination if you don’t take some simple steps to keep them out. These four tips will help keep Mother Nature where she belongs.
Pests won’t be in your cabin if they can’t find access to it. The construction methods used to build rustic cabins often leave gaps and cracks that pests will exploit. In addition, cabins often receive less maintenance than homes that are occupied all year. Check thresholds, window frames, the chimney, and the foundation for any spaces that pests could use for entry.
Many pests don’t want to be in brightly-lit areas. Not only is it uncomfortable for them, it can also scare away their food sources, such as insects and mice. Bats in particular want no part of the light. Install a few low-watt bulbs on timers to make sure that your cabin is never complete dark during the night so that the dusk-loving pests will go somewhere else.
Speaking of their prey, pests will simply not come around if they can’t find food. This requires interrupting the food chain, usually by removing human food like flour and cereal. Keep cabinets clean and crumb-free, then make pest control treatments or set traps to eliminate insects. They will attract mice, the mice will attract larger animals, and so on. Break the chain to eliminate pest problems.
Pests prefer to move around undetected. They know that predators can more easily spot them if they travel in the open. Shrubs and vegetation might enhance the look of your cabin, but they’ll also provide a place for pests to hide out during the summer and then gain access to your cabin in the fall. These nesting areas can also support the growth of wildlife populations. Clear away brush, downed trees, and woodpiles to take away this opportunity.
Cabins are supposed to be a little rustic, but not so rustic that there are raccoons inside. It’s natural for pests to seek a warm place to get through the winter. These basic management steps will give you a boost in making sure that the only occupants of your cabin are the two-legged kind.