The new year brings a lot of changes, and for most that means coming up with a few new years’ resolutions.  While some of those resolutions, like “make a million dollars” or “lose 30 pounds” may not always happen, there are a few resolutions we can make that are easy to achieve, including living in a pest free home.  Whether you finally want to get rid of those mice in your attic or you want to get those roaches out of your kitchen, 2016 could be your year with just a few simple steps!

Be Prepared for Termite Season

For those of us living in the south, termite season is an issue that is dealt with each and every year.  If you’ve spent the past few years skating by, hoping you don’t end up with termites but not taking any action, make 2016 the year you protect your home!  Termites cause millions in damages each and every year to homes and businesses which can be prevented with simple preventative treatments.  Our customers sleep soundly knowing that their homes are regularly treated and are checked up on quarterly, and while the initial treatment fees may steer you away initially, getting termite protection for your home is just as important as having homeowners’ insurance!

Get Your Home Cleaned Up

One of the biggest attractants for any type of pest, especially roaches, is a dirty home.  Pests need food and shelter to survive, and a dirty home provides both of these abundance.  By simply keeping your home clean on a regular basis, you can help to ensure that critters will need to look elsewhere for a place to sleep or for a quick meal.  These few steps can help you get started:

  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Keep your kitchen counters and sink free of dirty dishes and crumbs
  • Sweep your floors regularly to eliminate crumbs and other food sources

Pest Proof Your Property

Pests come in all different shapes and sizes, which means there are endless steps that need to be taken to protect your home from all of them.  Fortunately, there are a few things you can do around your home that will make it less attractive to just about any pest!

  • Store food in sealed containers.  This keeps pests from being able to get to your food!  This applies to pet food as well!
  • Clear debris from around your home like limbs, leaves and firewood.
  • Store your firewood away from the home and off of the ground (2-3 inches), this helps to keep termites away and prevents pests from making a home in your firewood
  • Seal possible entrances and replace worn out weatherstripping

Schedule Regular Inspections & Treatments

The most effective way to keep your home pest free is to have it regularly treated by a professional pest control company.  Pest control companies offer services that guarantee your home will be free of roaches, rodents and termites, you just have to sign up for them!  Once you’ve done everything you can around your home to make sure critters aren’t getting in, the best thing you can do is ensure that professionals are regularly inspecting and treating your home.