kitchenThe New Year is a great time to make new habits, and to stay dedicated to the good habits you already have. At Apex, we recommend sticking to these good pest control habits in 2018 and beyond.

Seal Pest Entry Points

To keep pests outdoors where they belong, seal cracks and holes in your home’s exterior. Pests can slip through surprisingly small openings. Racoons and similarly sized animals can fit through 6-inch openings, while mice can fit through dime-sized holes. Of course, tiny pests like ants can fit through much smaller gaps.

Pay extra attention to the areas around doors, windows, vents, and incoming utilities. If you find any entry points, seal them before bugs can get inside. You can use caulk to close openings.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Kitchen messes make your home more inviting to pests. To keep away ants, cockroaches, rodents, and other hungry pests, focus on keeping your kitchen as clean as possible. After preparing a meal, wipe your counters and sweep the floor to get rid of crumbs. Wash dishes right away, instead of letting them sit in the sink.

Don’t forget to clean hard-to-see areas of your kitchen, too. Sweep underneath large appliances like your stove and refrigerator. Remove the crumbs from your toaster, and clean the inside of your microwave.

Fix Plumbing Issues Right Away

Plumbing issues like leaking faucets or slow-moving drains may seem minor, but fixing them right away is important. Pests can come inside looking for water, and you don’t want them to find any.

Schedule Regular Pest Inspections

Pests can be sneaky. Cockroaches, rodents, and other pests can hide in out-of-the-way parts of your home and remain undetected for a while. With regular pest inspections, these hidden populations of pests can be found and controlled before they spread. Continue having your home professionally inspected at least once a year to stay ahead of pests.

Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Tampa pest removal companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more!