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Your 2021 Goals Based on Which Pests You Want Gone

If you’re like most people, you’ve had to deal with a pest control problem at some point, whether it was some cockroaches in the kitchen or a full-blown rodent infestation in the attic. Fortunately, there’s no time like the present to plan some pest-control goals for the rest of the year.

Check out our recommended “New Year’s resolutions” based on which pests you’d most like to keep out of your home!

Spiders: Declutter and Dust

Spiders love clutter because it gives them plenty of places to hide and spin webs to catch prey. Unfortunately, this doesn’t just apply to harmless spiders like the domestic house spider or jumping spider. Black widows and brown recluses (the two types of venomous house spiders in the U.S.) prefer dusty, forgotten areas of your home, such as underneath furniture, inside old file cabinets, and between boxes in closets, attics, and garages.

By clearing out what you don’t need and establishing a dusting routine for your home, you’ll benefit in multiple ways:

  • You’ll have cleaner, less dusty indoor air.
  • Your home will be easier to keep clean.
  • You’ll prevent spider infestations by clearing out cobwebs and reducing hiding places.

Mice and Rats: Seal Gaps Around Your Home

Rodents require only a tiny bit of space to enter your home. For rats, a gap only needs to be the size of a quarter or half-dollar. Mice can squeeze through a gap the size of a nickel!

Sealing points of entry around your home is key to preventing rodents from seeking food and shelter inside. Take some time to weatherproof your windows and exterior doors and equip each exterior door with a sweep. This will not only prevent mice from squeezing through, but it will also help lower your heating and cooling costs. Also, check the seal around your garage, and if it’s worn out, replace it.

Next, set your sites on other holes and gaps around your home’s exterior, such as:

  • Holes made for plumbing and HVAC lines and electrical cables
  • Vents to the attic, crawl space, and garage
  • Gaps in the foundation

Typically, you can seal small holes with exterior caulking or some kind of silicone sealant. For larger holes, consider using steel wool or mesh made of copper or aluminum. If you’re unsure of which holes you should be sealing or how to go about it, don’t hesitate to contact a rodent control expert.

Mosquitoes: Trim Your Lawn and Garden Weekly, and Plant Some Choice Herbs and Flowers

Have you ever wondered why mosquitoes tend to be worse during the early and late hours of the day? It’s because they dislike the hot sun and tend to look for shady places to hide, such as overgrown lawn and landscaping. You can reduce the number of mosquitoes seeking shelter on your property but keeping your grass mowed short and cutting back overgrown bushes and shrubs.

In addition to this routine maintenance, you can also incorporate mosquito-repelling plants into the landscaping around your deck or patio to make your outdoor time more enjoyable. Here are a few varieties to consider:

  • Marigolds
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Catnip
  • Lemon Balm
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Scented Geraniums

Cockroaches and Ants: Organize Your Pantry With Airtight Food Containers

Few things will attract an army of ants and roaches to your home like the scent of unprotected food. Ants have a keen sense of smell with four to five times more odor receptors when compared to other insects. What’s worse is that once they find food in your home, they share the news with other ants in their colony by releasing pheromones. Similarly, cockroaches leave a chemical trail as they travel between food and water sources, which is a signal to other roaches that says, “The food is that way!”

The best thing you can do is prevent these bugs from getting to your food in the first place. The best way to do this is by storing your food either in the fridge, the freezer or in hard, airtight containers. Some Ziploc-type bags may claim to be airtight, but their seals are far less reliable than those of rigid containers, and they’re easy for a pest to chew through.

Instead, as soon as you get home from the grocery store, transfer non-frozen and non-refrigerated goods right away from bags and cardboard boxes straight to glass or BPA-free plastic containers. This includes dry pet food!

Flies: Repair or Install Window and Door Screens

Flies are not only a nuisance, they can also spread disease and contaminate your food and your pets’ food with harmful bacteria. One of the best ways to keep flies from entering your home is by installing screens over your windows and doors or repairing any gaps or tears in your existing screens. This allows you to let in the much-needed fresh air on a pleasant day without letting in all the bugs with it.

At Greenix Pest Control, we’re dedicated to helping you find a responsible, sustainable solution to your home’s pest control issues year-round so that you and your family can enjoy peace of mind. Contact us online or give us a call at (888) 800-7181 to get your pest control service within 48 hours, guaranteed!

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