As we approach the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023, you might be thinking about the changes you want to make next year. Are you going to resolve to improve your diet, work out more, or learn a new skill? Your new year’s resolutions probably don’t involve pest control. However, you can reduce your chance of having to deal with a pest infestation in the new year by making a few small changes. Neither sophisticated traps nor insecticides are required to make it happen. You can count on Ja-Roy Pest Control for home or business extermination services if you have a pest issue. However, there are some steps you can take on your own to reduce your risk of a pest infestation in 2023:
Pests prefer to hide and build their nests in quiet, dark spaces. Therefore, the likelihood of a pest infestation increases the more clutter there is in your home to conceal pests. Roaches, mice, bed bugs, and other pests look for places where they can feed and breed undeterred. Because of this, it’s important to reduce clutter in your home. And as an added bonus, you’ll enjoy a tidier, more organized home.
Keep a Clean Kitchen
The availability of shelter and a food source are two of the main factors that attract pests. So, keeping your kitchen clean greatly affects your ability to keep pests at bay. You run the chance of receiving a visit from an unwelcome pest if you leave food out and unattended on your counters or if the dishes from last night’s meal are still in the sink. Maintaining a clean kitchen and properly sealing and storing food will help you avoid luring pests and rats into your home.
Remove Entry Points
Pests don’t just magically appear. They get inside through a hole in the exterior of your home. Therefore, spend some time locating and sealing any potential access spots in or around the home’s exterior. Pay close attention to gaps around any electric conduits, gas lines, or pipes, as well as your foundation, vents, and windows and doors. Make sure the weatherstripping and door sweeps are in good condition, and if they aren’t, replace them as soon as you can.
Handle Firewood With Care
A wood fire in the winter can be delightful. It can also unintentionally make it easier for bugs to sneak inside. Always check the wood for bugs before bringing it in, and only take what you intend to burn right away. Keep your firewood at least 20 feet away from your house to limit the chance of spiders, ants, flies, or any other pests residing there getting into your house.
Experienced Exterminators in Southern Louisiana
If you follow these resolutions but still find yourself dealing with a pest infestation in the upcoming year, we can help. Since 1971, we have been solving pest problems of all kinds in the Louisiana area. Avoid wasting time and money on ineffective D-I-Y fixes. Let one of our professionals take care of the infestation instead; they’ll get it done quickly and effectively. Want to learn more and receive a free estimate? Call us right away!