It’s very easy to get cynical about New Year’s resolutions. Just about everybody makes a goal, but they normally fizzle out by February. There’s a reason people still make resolutions every year though, especially when it comes to pest control solutions. That’s because they are a good idea. It’s proven that people who set themselves goals end up being more successful. Plus once you achieve something it makes you feel great. The trick is to set the right goals.
The best resolutions are ones that are simple and improve your life. That’s why we think having a resolution to be pest free in 2019 is the perfect choice! Just taking a few steps to keep pests out in the New Year will help keep you organised and your home cleaner. Even better, they’re really easy resolutions to achieve. Follow our quick and easy steps today to dramatically reduce the chances of a pest infestation in 2019.
Replace cardboard containers with plastic ones
Everyone has at least one cardboard box stuffed away somewhere. The problem with cardboard is that it’s a haven for pests. Mice, fleas and cockroaches can easily chew through cardboard. Once they eat their way in, a cardboard box makes the perfect nest. It’s dark, warm, often damp and normally hidden too. If you have personal items stored in these boxes, you can bet that those will get chewed up too.
One of the best things you can do for pest prevention is to replace cardboard boxes with plastic ones. Plastic storage boxes are relatively cheap and come in all shapes and sizes so you’ll be able to find what you need. Plastic boxes have snap on covers, so pests find it harder to get into than cardboard. Deprive pests of their favourite nesting spots by making this swap. And you’ll be able to see all of the things you have stored as well which makes it easier to find things later on.
Clean out guttering, air vents and chimneys
It’s really good to periodically clean out the inside of air ducts, clean out the guttering and get the chimney swept too. Pest control solutions like these are very effective. Pests can find their way into your home using these, and will happily nest inside them if left undisturbed. This is especially true if dust and debris is allowed to build up which attracts them.
If a pest nests in your chimney or air vents, they leave behind droppings and even shed their skin. This can make the air around your home dirty and can even spread disease. It may be a bigger home cleaning project to get the chimney cleaned, but you don’t want to be breathing in the germs from bird poo all year long. If you’re not happy cleaning out your guttering and chimneys yourself, there’s lots of services out there that would be more than happy to help you.
Easy pest control solutions for the garden
All that wind, rain and snow we have in the winter can really cause havoc in the garden. It knocks debris around. This debris then skits around until spring. Bundles of twigs, bits of litter and whatever else gets blown into the garden is all beneficial to pests.
Pests will love to hide, shelter and nest in the debris in your garden. The chance of easy cover is very attractive to a pest. Plus, the garden is only a short distance away from your home. It’s very easy for a pest to make the leap and nest in your home if they want to move out of the cold.
You can prevent any of this happening by periodically cleaning out the things that pile up in your garden. Look for litter and piles of twigs or leaves especially. Come early spring, this becomes even more important when more pests will show up to find a nesting spot and reproduce.
Replace window and door sealant
This one of our favourite pest control solutions. The rubber sealing that you find around your windows and doors wears away over time. If these wear down enough, it can let draughts into your home and prevent the windows and doors from closing properly. If the problem is left to get worse, pests can easily chew their way in by squeezing through the gaps. And that is something you definitely don’t want in the new year.
Run your hand along the sealant and if it has become unstuck, it’s time to replace it. You may also want to check for bit or chew marks as signs of a possible pest problem in your home. Replacing the sealant around windows and doors is prettily easily done, and you should be able to do it yourself. Check the seals once a year, especially on the doors and windows that get the most use.
We know that all of these things just sound like mundane chores. But getting a jumpstart on pest prevention early in the year will set you off on the right foot. Plus it could help you save a lot of money in the long run.
Get a pest free pest control inspection
If you do end up having to battle a pest infestation in 2019 remember to give Empire a call. Our customer service team are here to take your enquiry throughout the holiday period, 24 hours a day on 0203 633 2143. Site inspections are completely free of charge.
Our customers have a great deal of confidence in our services, which you can see from our excellent reviews both on CheckATrade and Google reviews. We are fully insured up to £10 million which gives not only peace of mind, but a huge advantage over hiring a smaller business without insurance. Our staff are thoroughly trained, experienced and vetted. And we are accredited with the BPCA, as well as connected with associations such as NPTA, SAFECONTRACTOR and SAFE4SITE.
If you live in London or the Home Counties and you’re having a problem with any kind of pests, don’t hesitate to call us so we can pit some pest control solutions in place before the problem gets any worse.