New Year's Pest Solutions
Each new year is marked by resolutions, some fulfilled, others not. Regardless, you don’t want a pest infestation to get in the way of achieving your goals for the year.
Think about how difficult it will be to fulfill your resolution to get eight hours of sleep a night if you’re struggling with a bed bug infestation.
By establishing healthy pest control habits, you can start 2017 on the right foot and in a better position to achieve your targeted goals. Follow these best practices to ensure you help keep your home pest-free year-round.
Keep an eye out for possible signs of infestation: droppings, chewed belongings, and other damage to property. Proactive vigilance will make it easier to spot any infestation and take care of it before it becomes serious. It’s easier — and cheaper — to prevent pests than it is to treat them. Upon first signs of infestation, depending on the type and seriousness, you should consider professional intervention.
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Sanitation and hygiene are your best friends and a pest’s worst enemies. Check for scraps of food lying around the house. Declutter your yard and empty your trash regularly. Move cardboard boxes and check their contents for signs of pest presence. These are perfect dwelling places for spiders and mice. Consider decluttering and getting rid of unused belongings with a garage sale. Eliminating clutter, boxes and accumulated possessions inside your home will help reduce harborage sites for multi-legged invaders.
Inspect dark and uninhabited places of your home cautiously and with safety in mind, including the attic and/or the basement, where pests usually dwell. It is recommended that you allot dates on your calendar for periodic inspection of your property. Look for openings or cracks in your walls, roof, door and window seals and any other vulnerable places. Also check your luggage for signs of infestation before placing into storage, especially bed bugs or other pests that might have crept in from an external location.
Repair and maintenance
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Don’t put off any small repairs needed around the house. Seal any cracks found during inspection with caulk. Fix any damaged windows or doors that do not close or seal properly, as this indicates that they’re not airtight and repair any plumbing or roof leaks promptly. Follow up these repairs with regular maintenance to help prevent unexpected expenses. It's important to remember that home repairs and maintenance can be difficult to do on your own. If you think you may need assistance, contact a professional who can help and do the maintenance and repairs correctly.
These best practices should help prevent pests but for custom solutions to an infestation, contact Terminix.®.