Resolutions for a Pest-Free New Year

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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is almost here.  The year, and decade, seemed to have flown by, and before you know it, you’ll be trying your best to accomplish that New Year’s resolution.  Instead of shooting for something lofty, we propose to you some simple things you can add onto your daily routine to keep your home pest-free, making it a resolution that you’ll be sure to accomplish.  So, keep on reading to see some tangible New Year’s resolutions which will help to make your house devoid of all types of pests!

Clean Regularly

You may already have a cleaning schedule, but keeping the house clean is the best way to prevent pests from coming inside.  Pest infestations often occur because the critters in question are on the hunt for food, and those couple of crumbs on the floor or the smell of rotting fruit will attract them from far and wide.  Now, cleaning doesn’t have to be demanding: a simple vacuum once a week and a mopping every other week will do wonders, so long as you clean up spills and mishaps right when they happen. And hey, if you were lucky enough to get one of those robot vacuum cleaners this holiday, that job is all but taken care of for you.

Declutter

Spring cleaning may seem like eons away, but taking time to declutter some of the messier spots in your home will help to eliminate spots where potential pests can hide.  Clutter in the basement, garage, and attic are all the favorite spots for rodents and spiders to camp out in. Sure, some piles may seem like a daunting task, but you can easily manage it by taking an hour each week to work on a certain room.  In no time, you’ll be greeted with a neat and organized room, all the while deterring pests from hanging around.

Get Handy

Working with your hands not only breaks the monotony of the day-to-day office work, but it also builds tangible skills.  This New Year, get handy in the first couple weeks by checking out the exterior of your home for any cracks or openings. See that your weather stripping by the door is cracked?  Try your hand at replacing it. Notice that they are gaps between the window and the siding? Grab a caulking gun and seal it. With the Internet, you can learn how to do anything, and by taking a couple hours out of your day to do it yourself, you’ll gain some skills while keeping pests out.

Starting with a clean slate is always exciting, but there are some things which should be consistent from year to year.  By taking up these tangible New Year’s resolutions, you’ll help to keep your home pest-free over the next decade. It doesn’t take much, so get to it!

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and exciting new year!

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