New Year, Same Pests? Effective Pest Control Methods to Try

By Horizon Pest Control

Welcome the New Year with the benefits of pest-free living! Not only does it bring cost savings by preventing potential damage to your home and belongings, but it also reduces stress and promotes a healthier living environment. Dealing with a pest problem in your home yourself can bring potential risks and inconveniences such as property damage, health hazards, and the mental stress of dealing with unwanted guests in your space, but there are some preventative steps you can take to assist before bringing in the professionals for effective pest control.

Start the New Year with a Clutter-Free Home

After the holidays, it’s important to declutter and organize your home to start the new year with a clutter-free and welcoming space. Decluttering not only creates a more visually appealing environment, but it also reduces places for pests to hide and thrive. By getting rid of unnecessary items and organizing the ones you need, you can minimize the risk of pest infestations in your home.

Creating a cleaning schedule is also crucial for maintaining a pest-free home. Regular cleaning helps to deter pests and ensures that your living space remains tidy and hygienic. By setting aside time each week for specific cleaning tasks, you can stay on top of household chores and prevent the accumulation of clutter and mess.

To keep your home pest-free, it’s essential to take on household repairs as needed. This includes fixing leaky faucets, repairing damaged window screens, and sealing any cracks or gaps where pests could enter. Additionally, addressing these repairs promptly can prevent small issues from turning into larger, more costly problems.

Check for Entry Points Before Weather Warms Up

Before the weather warms up, it’s important to check for entry points for pests starting from the bottom of your house and working your way up. Begin by inspecting the foundation for any gaps or cracks that could serve as entry points. Ensure that any missing weatherstripping around doors and windows is replaced to prevent pests from sneaking in. Additionally, make sure that all windows and doors are closing fully and securely.

While inspecting, keep an eye out for any areas where you can see light coming through, as pests can enter through these openings as well. Any gaps or openings should be properly sealed to keep pests out of your home.

By thoroughly checking for entry points and sealing them off before the warmer weather arrives, you can prevent pests from finding their way into your home and causing potential damage. This proactive approach can help you maintain a pest-free environment and ensure a more comfortable living space during the changing seasons.

Prevent Common Kitchen Pests

To prevent common kitchen pests, it is important to regularly wipe down all counters and surfaces to eliminate any crumbs or food residue that may attract pests. Additionally, keeping the floor free of crumbs and spills will help deter pests from entering the kitchen. Storing food in air-tight sealed containers will also prevent pests from accessing and contaminating your food.

During the winter months, it is especially important to keep the kitchen clean to eliminate pest activity, as mice become the primary pest concern. Mice are attracted to warmth and food sources, so keeping the kitchen free of crumbs and food residue will help prevent them from entering the space. Regularly checking for and sealing any cracks or holes in walls or floors will also help keep mice and other pests out of the kitchen.

Remove Dead Foliage From Around Your Home

As the seasons change, it’s important to remove dead foliage from around your home to prevent potential pest infestations. Start by raking up old leaves and sticks, and trimming any live landscaping to keep your property tidy. Make sure to also ensure that trees and shrubs are at least 6-12 inches away from your foundation, siding, and windows to prevent insects from climbing onto your house. This creates a barrier that can help protect your home from unwanted pests. Additionally, be diligent about taking care of any unraked leaves, as they can be a prime location for overwintering pests like stink bugs. By following these steps, you can create a clean and pest-free environment around your home. These actions not only improve the appearance of your property but also prevent potential pest problems in the future.

Clean Vents and Ducts

To clean vents and ducts and reduce potential pest homes, start by turning off the heating or cooling system. Then, remove the vent covers and use a vacuum or brush to clear out any debris, including dust, dirt, and other particles that may have accumulated. It’s important to pay attention to any signs of pest activity, such as droppings, nests, or gnaw marks, and take appropriate measures to address them.

If there are significant signs of pest activity or if the ducts and vents appear heavily soiled, it may be necessary to hire a professional cleaning service for a more thorough inspection and cleaning. Professionals have the tools and expertise to effectively clean ducts and vents and can also address any pest-related concerns that may be present. Keeping vents and ducts clean not only improves indoor air quality but also helps to maintain the efficiency and longevity of the heating and cooling system.

Call Horizon Pest Control to Have a Pest-Free New Year

Start the new year pest-free with Horizon Pest Control’s top-notch and effective prest control services for homes and businesses. With years of expertise in preventing pests, our team offers a range of services to keep your property free from unwanted invaders.

When you call Horizon Pest Control, our professionals will conduct a thorough inspection of your property to identify any existing pest issues and potential problem areas. We will then work with you to create a personalized pest prevention and treatment plan that suits your specific needs. Whether it’s dealing with rodents, insects, or other pests, Horizon Pest Control has the knowledge and tools to effectively eliminate them from your property.

By partnering with Horizon Pest Control, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home or business is protected from pests all year round. Don’t let pests ruin your new year, call Horizon Pest Control and start the year off right.

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