Here’s How to Pest-Proof Your Home for the New Year

With how persistent pests can be in infiltrating your home, keeping them at bay may seem like an impossible task. However, it isn’t entirely impossible with proactive prevention.

Now that the new year is just around the corner, there’s no better way to start it than keeping your home and family safe from pests. Here’s how you can kick off the new year without critters:

Address Home Repairs

The holes in your window screens, voids in your walls, or unsealed cable openings may seem harmless at first. But before you know it, these damaged areas may have already led pests like mice, cockroaches, and insects to enter and dwell at your house.

Inspect your home’s exterior, from the foundation’s base to the seam where the roof meets the wall. Then seal all openings and crevices with caulk or sealant. For damaged window or vent screens, cover the holes with adhesive patches or replace them entirely if possible. Openings around utility meters, exterior outlets, and laundry vents should be sealed as well.

Deep Clean Your Pantry

If you have stale food products or old, damaged containers in your pantry, now is the time to throw them away. These items serve as an invitation for pests searching for food and shelter. So, make sure to get rid of them before any critter finds them.

Look deep inside your kitchen cabinets and see if there is any waste or materials that should be disposed of. Regularly wipe surfaces, basins, and cutlery dry so as not to invite pests foraging for water. Also, make sure to keep ingredients, spices, and other food items in airtight containers.

Remember that maintaining your kitchen or pantry should be done on a daily basis. Doing deep cleaning once in a while can also help ensure your home won’t attract pests.

Clean Your Yard

As much as lawns can improve your home’s curb appeal, it can also promote pest infestations if not taken care of properly. Rotten wood, tree stumps, and dead plants provide termites, ants, and bugs with ideal shelter and food. A poor drainage system creates standing water, which attracts insects like mosquitoes and cockroaches.

To improve your landscaping, clean up fallen leaves, weeds, and other debris. Prune overgrown plants and branches, especially those that are long enough for critters to crawl into your home. If you have a compost pile, place it in a well-drained spot and harvest it immediately once ready.

Seek Help From Professionals

Hiring pest control service providers for continuous monitoring of your property is your best defense against vermin. Protect your home from critters all year round with Arrow Services, Inc.’s 365 Pest Control Residential Protection Program. For one full year, we’ll guarantee that your house is free of pests by applying treatment to the exterior and interior of your home. Contact us today to pest-proof your home!

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