Why Pest Protection Should Be On Your list of New Year’s Resolutions

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July 20, 2023

Since you are here, home maintenance is one of your new year's resolutions. So naturally, the task that tops the home maintenance list is pest infestation control, as they severely damage the property and other valuable furniture that costs billions of dollars to homeowners within the US.

Keep reading about pest protection and securing your home from different pests all year.

The following guide shares some tips to minimize infestations. Not only that, but you’ll learn about pests which can invade your home, and add pest protection to your new year’s resolution if you haven’t done it yet.

  1. Why pest protection?
  2. Types of pest infestation around the new year
  3. Proper storage of holiday decorations
  4. Kitchen cleanliness
  5. Gap sealing
  6. Firewood storage
  7. Outdoor cleaning
  8. Home repair

The holiday season means decorations, family visits, and food. Also, your home is cozy and warmer than the outside, making it a perfect spot for pests to inhabit and make colonies.

Besides maintaining the property, pest control also ensures your family’s health and hygiene. Sadly, pests like cockroaches and rats bring different pathogens, bacteria, and germs that contaminate food.

Why Pest Protection

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Most homeowners consider pest control only once the pest has invaded the home and caused irreparable damage to the property. Similarly, homeowners consider pest protection a one-time activity to eradicate pest infestations.

Actually, pest protection is a continuous process as different pests can invade the home at different times during the year.

For instance, spiders and rodents are common in winter, while cockroaches, ants, and termites infest your home during summer.

You need a year-long pest assessment by the pest control teams at Agro Pest Control to identify and prevent infestations at an early stage.

Prevention is better than cure; so it’s best to spend a nominal amount on periodic pest protection rather than thousands of dollars repairing the home later on.

Types of Pests Infestation Around New Year

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Before proceeding to pest control techniques, let’s briefly learn about the pests which can invade your home around the new year:

  • Rodents - Mice and rats infest your home while searching for a warm shelter and, of course, food. One of the worst things about rodents is that they cause severe damage to the property as they can chew upholstery, electrical wires, mattresses, and other home items.
  • Termites - They can infest your home any time during the year from inadequate sealing or cracking in the ceiling and walls. Like rodents, they can cause structural damage to wooden furniture, windows, and doors.
  • Spiders - They tend to find shelter indoors in the basement or between the gaps during fall. Also, they live in colonies; hence if you see a single spider in your home, it’s best to call the pest control team to search for the spider colonies.

Proper Storage of Holiday Decorations

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As much as we like putting up the decorations indoors and outdoors, taking down the decoration is a real challenge. It’s because you must store them properly after drying so you can reuse them next year.

The possibility of pest infestation is higher if you store the moist decoration in cardboard boxes.

Before you put everything away, make sure all the decorations and lights are completely dry.

Next, you must place the decorations in sealed boxes to prevent pest infestation if you don’t want to spend extra bucks repurchasing decorations next year.

Kitchen Cleanliness

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Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New year's eve mean guests and food, which leads to a messy kitchen. Food and garbage are the primary reasons pests invade your home.

That’s why it’s best to tidy up the kitchen and wipe the kitchen counters after every meal.

Also, don’t forget to take out the garbage every day, no matter how tired you are. Finally, vacuum the kitchen and home to remove the food crumbles if you have toddlers.

Gap Sealing

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From gaps to doors and windows, pests can infest your home from even a tiny vent hole.

You first need to install door sweeps, which you can attach to the door’s bottom side to minimze the gap between the door and the floor.

Next, you can use sealant to seal the cracks in the walls and cealing to prevent rodents, insects, ants, spiders, and cockroaches from entering your home. Finally, you need to secure all the pipes and air conditioning vents using plaster around the openings.

Firewood Storage

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Moist wood offers ideal habitat for insects and pests to grow their colonies. After a barbecue or bonfire, you must store firewood around 20 feet from home.

Similarly, you must brush the wood properly before you bring it to the patio or the backyard near the home. Again, you don’t want the pests riding along the wood and entering your home.

Outdoor Cleaning

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Besides firewood, dead bushes and fallen leaves offer perfect shelter for insects and rodents. So, in addition to cleaning indoors, it’s best to remove the fallen leaves and dead bushes from the yard and keep it clean and tidy.

Home Repair

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Homeowners usually delay all kinds of home repairs till the end of the year. As a result, they ignore the small cracks and wait for the yearly home maintenance.

Conversely, it’s best to seal the cracks as soon as they appear because they serve as a gateway to pests to infest your home.

Similarly, you don’t need to hold off on leak repairs and other maintenance tasks. Instead, take a proactive approach and repair them the moment you identify them.

Trust the Experts with Pest Protection

The key takeaway of the above guide is to present the techniques to ensure pest protection. However, it’s best to call the experts to keep pests away from home.

Lucky for you, AGRO Pest Control offers the best pest protection in Phoenix, Arizona.

From free inspection to customized service plans and follow-up visits, they have covered everything for you. With over five years of pest control experience, they offer exceptional services to eradicate pests from customers’ homes.

You can avail of the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed customer services
  • Professional staff
  • Affordable pricing
  • Free inspection services
  • Same day service

What are you waiting for? You can fulfill your new year’s first resolution by scheduling a FREE INSPECTION today.