Now is a great time to establish yearlong goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you’d like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It’s important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems. Unchecked, pests can wreak havoc in your home, but there are several steps homeowners can take to help avoid an infestation and keep their home safe.


Clean your kitchen, pantry and any other places where food is stored. Remove crumbs and wipe up sticky drink residue to avoid attracting cockroaches and ants. Drains and sinks can be breeding grounds for flies, so keep them clean and clear.

Repair home damage

Engage in regular home maintenance to help avoid unwanted pest entry. Insects can come in through tiny cracks and openings, and rodents can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. Basic maintenance steps include fixing gaps or holes in broken screens, doors and cracks in your walls and repairing any other exterior home damage.

Maintain your yard


Trim branches and trees touching your home to prevent easy access for pests. Keep outdoor trash cans secured to reduce the attractiveness to rodents. Cardboard boxes and trash in your yard can provide shelter for spiders and insects. Yard clutter, such as leaf piles, may be a source of food or shelter for a variety of pests.

Monitor your home

Step into a routine of monitoring the exterior and interior of your home for holes, cracks and crevices, droppings, and chewed or damaged spots. Regular monitoring for visual cues can help address pest problems, and prevent future issues, too.

Know when it’s time to call a professional

To prevent further damage, it’s important to know when a pest problem is beyond your control. Professionals are trained to locate the specific sources of infestations, provide treatment options, and use proper techniques and tools to provide the best solution to eliminate your pesty problem.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.