How to Pestcheck Your Home: This Year’s New Years Resolution

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Last year was a good year… for pests. With so many people living and working at home, the generous supply of food and waste generated is becoming an attractive offer for bugs and rodents to eat, drink and multiply! We think January is the best time to learn how to Pestcheck your home.

Here are 3 New Year’s resolutions to help keep your home free from pests for the rest of the year.

I will declutter my home, so insects and rodents will leave me alone!

Any pest control professional will tell you that reducing clutter is one of the most effective ways to reduce and prevent pest infestations. Clutter provides ample hiding place for pests like mice, cockroaches and bed bugs, which love to build their nests inside those nooks and crannies.

The start of a new year is a perfect time to clean out unused or unnecessary items from your pantry, closets, basement and other storage spaces. Replace cardboard boxes with airtight plastic bins that prevent pests from getting in.

I will clean my kitchen every day, to keep all the hungry pests away!

When pests invade your home, the kitchen is usually the first place you’ll find them.  The are on the search for food and water.

To prevent pests like rats, cockroaches and flies from turning your kitchen into their home get into the habit of:

  • Cleaning up crumbs and wiping away food particles after every meal.
  • Avoid leaving fruits and vegetables out on tables and counters.
  • Store perishables in airtight containers.

I will keep lids on garbage cans tightly, and dispose of kitchen trash nightly!

Many pests have a stronger sense of smell than humans do. The odor that comes from food waste in your kitchen trash can. The smell creates a chemical signal in the air, telling various insects and rodents that it’s time for dinner. If left alone for days, the smell can even attract pests from outside your home or from neighboring apartments.

Make a commitment to take your kitchen trash outside every night and keep a tight lid on trash cans to prevent odor from leaking out and attracting pests.

If you’ve resolved in keeping pests out of your home this year but need an extra nudge getting started, contact us today. We can guide you on how to Pestcheck your home. We can help with the prevention and we can eliminate existing threats to make sure pests don’t give you the same “old lang sigh” this year.