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If maintaining a cleaner home is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you could be hitting two birds with one stone. An orderly home lends itself well to a more organized life, and could also serve as a way of deterring pests. As a new year begins, it’s time to take better care of your home, and that begins with proper pest control. Check out these 5 pest control resolutions that could save you from an ant infestation or halt a few bed bugs from joining your clan:

1. Clean up the clutter

While you may not be a fan of clutter in the first place, it’s tough to avoid when the days become busy and you’d rather not break out the broom and mop at the end of a long day. But this year, vow to spend some time picking up clutter at the end of the day while regularly cleaning your home. You’d be surprised how many pests could be hiding in the clutter.

2. Seal up all the cracks

Colder weather isn’t the best time to tackle outdoor projects. Yet it’s important to frequently inspect both the inside and outside of your home for cracks and openings to ensure pests aren’t sneaking inside to seek warmth.

3. Avoid bringing bed bugs home from vacation

Bed bugs will accompany you home from vacation if they get the chance. Did you know bringing your own pillows to hotel rooms and not using the luggage racks could result in a run-in with bed bugs? It’s important to follow guidelines so you don’t bring some extra guests home with you.

4. Maintain your yard

Make this the  year to properly maintain your yard. By trimming your trees and eliminating standing water on a regular basis, you’ll be helping to deter pests. Besides, this is your excuse to get your yard looking great.

5. Avoid handling pesticides

If you do suspect a pest problem this year, don’t reach for the pesticides yourself. Instead, opt for natural pest control methods, or simply rely on a professional. If you’re looking for more pest control resolutions or insights, or if you’re in need of help with pests on your property, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control. The best method of pest control is to keep them out in the first place. Plunkett’s prides itself on performing Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which means we first employ non-chemical, exclusionary tactics for eliminating pests.  We don’t spray on the interior unless we have to. We’ve been in the business for over 100 years and can help you eliminate the source of pest problems. Give us a call today and we’ll be right there to help you uphold your New Year’s pest control resolutions.

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