When it comes to pest control, Temecula homeowners and business owners could all probably stand to make a few improvements. The New Year is a great time to make changes that can benefit ourselves, our families, our homes, and our businesses. Temecula residents are fortunate to have a locally owned and operated company like Black Knight to provide professional pest control services, but why not do everything possible to avoid pest infestations in the first place? The following five resolutions apply to home and business owners alike, and should be high on your “to-do” list to keep the pests away in 2015.
1. Keep the Debris in the Trash
Eliminating food debris is one of the most important actions you can take to keep your home or place of business free from pests in 2015. Kitchens and eating spaces should be free from crumbs, globs of food, and drops of sugary liquid. Simply wiping down counters, keeping trashcans covered, and putting leftovers away as soon as possible will help tremendously in your efforts to keep ants, mice, rats, and other pests away.
2. Keep the Exterior Sealed
A structure that is well-sealed will simply be harder for pests to get inside of, even tiny little ants, spiders, and other creepy crawlers. This is especially important in winter when every creature is trying to find a place to stay warm, and homes and businesses are among the most appealing places for bugs and rodents to snuggle into.
3. Keep an Eye on the Wood
If you want to avoid big residential pest control expenses down the line, you should always keep things like firewood as far away from any entrances to your home as possible, as the bugs will use this as a vehicle to enter through. The best line of defense is calling your local pest control company for an inspection, though, as termite infestations can go undetected for months before the damage becomes evident. This applies to home and business owners alike.
4. Check All Food Packages
Even business-places without a kitchen or dining area are bound to have some food inside. A package of M&Ms left on an employee’s desk, or a box of cereal left partially opened on top of the refrigerator, can attract a pest infestation. So do a periodic check to make sure all food packages are sealed, and stress the importance of sealing and inspecting food for bugs on a regular basis. And, if you find bugs, bug feces, or bug larvae, get it outside ASAP.
5. Work With a Reputable Pest Control Co.
Even if your home or place of business is free from pests at the moment, you’re much better off getting periodic inspections, and there is always the chance that you’ll be hit with an infestation later on. This is why it’s good to have a relationship with a reputable residential or commercial pest control company before you actually need one.
If pest control isn’t high on your to-do list, it should be. Are you ready to make your home or place of business pest-free for 2015?