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The clean slate January brings makes for the ideal time to start fresh with new goals and resolutions. Today we’re breaking down 5 simple New Year resolution ideas for Long Island homeowners that will help you protect your home and family. 

Resolution #1: Declutter

Decluttering your home can do more than just make your home more pleasing to be in; doing so can also minimize your risk of spotting certain household pests who love a good hiding place. In particular, rodents like mice and rats are no strangers to hiding in basements, attics, or storage areas, so it’s always a smart idea to keep these areas as neat and organized as possible. 

Resolution #2: Keep It Clean

Though it’s not the end-all-be-all when it comes to pest issues, sanitation does play a major factor in managing household pests in Long Island homes. Pests have basic needs—food, shelter, and water—and if you make it easy for pests to gain access to these necessities in your home, they’ll take advantage of the opportunity, no doubt! 

A few ways to keep common pests like ants in the kitchen at bay are to always clean up spills promptly, properly store your food in sealed containers or the refrigerator, and don’t leave food out on countertops or dirty dishes lingering in the sink for too long.

Resolution #3: Identify and Repair Vulnerabilities

With time, Long Island houses will show signs of wear and tear, and structural issues to your home may pop up, which can make you and your family more vulnerable to pests who can fit through the tiniest of entry points! Here are a few areas to check for in the New Year, which with a few minor home repairs can help ensure your home is as pest-proofed as possible for 2021:

  • Look for cracks in your foundation and walls
  • Check your weather stripping to see if it needs to be replaced
  • See if your windows need to be re-caulked
  • Inspect your roof for loose shingles or damaged vents
  • Check for leaky pipes or sources of moisture

Resolution #4: Don’t Forget Your Yard!

Pest protection isn’t just limited to the interior of your home, which is why with all of our Annual Protection Plans, we start by creating a protective barrier around your home to keep pests out before they get in. In addition to that protective barrier, it’s also important to be mindful of vulnerabilities in your yard in order to best protect your home and family from pests. 

Here’s what we recommend:

  • Ensure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris
  • Keep firewood stored in an elevated, dry place away from the structure of your home. When you’re ready to light your fireplace, just bring in the wood you plan to use!
  • Clear dead bushes and branches
  • Rake the leaves from your yard regularly
  • Trim all bushes and trees back away from your home’s structure so they aren’t directly touching your house

Resolution #5: Choose an Annual Pest Protection Plan

Household pests are often thought of as spring and summer issues, but in actuality, they’re often hanging out in your house year-round. The start of a new year is the ideal time to lock in pest control for the entire year.

When you choose Suburban Exterminating, you can expect a trained team who will work to eliminate any existing pests inside your Long Island home. Our technicians will create a perimeter around the outside of your house, which will serve as a protective barrier for your home and family against outdoor pests seeking entry. Best of all, our plans include our Pest Free Guarantee, so if the pests return to your home, so do we! To choose a plan for your family, click here today!

Happy New Year from Suburban Exterminating!


5 New Year’s Resolutions for Long Island Homeowners Serving Long Island and surrounding areas

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