Being a homeowner comes with countless projects and chores. While they’re not always enjoyable, they make owning a home all the better. With the end of the year quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to sit back and think about a few of the New Year’s resolutions that you should be making as a homeowner. Though they aren’t all fun, these are tasks and chores that should be done routinely but rarely are.

Though some of the items on the list may seem far from the pest control world, they all circle back to the quality of care that you’re providing your home with and in turn how easily accessible your home is for pests. Keep reading to see how these various resolutions can keep 2019 a pest-free year.

Take Care of Your Roof

Certainly one of the more expensive ways that you can care for your home, tending to your roof is a must. This routine task can provide countless benefits to your home, which is why it’s so crucial that it’s done annually — at least! Whether it’s a routine inspection to ensure that your roof is performing as it should be or you’re scheduling services to have repairs done, prioritizing your roof this coming year is something that we suggest.

From improving the efficiency of your home and cutting down electric bills to decreasing the chances of pests finding a way into your home, your roof has multiple tasks that it’s responsible for.

Clean Your Gutters

While we’re on the topic of roofs, let’s talk a little bit about your gutters. Another chore that can be extremely tedious to complete is the cleaning of gutters. While it’s not nearly as expensive or challenging as roof repairs or cleaning, it’s not much more enjoyable. Gutters, however, can become rather pricey components of your home if they are left without being cleaned on a regular basis.

When your gutters get clogged, they can lead to built up water, leaks and damage to the roof. As we mentioned before, any type of damage that happens to your roof is also a sure way to let pests in. The downside to this chore is that very few people realize just how serious it is to stay on top of cleaning out gutters and wind up suffering from the consequences. Don’t let that be the case for your home this coming year!

Another thing that we’d like to touch on with dirty gutters is that they can become the ideal habitat for certain pests. When you think about the debris that builds up in gutters — twigs, leaves, etc. — you can imagine that there are some pests that are eager to make the most of these supplies and build a nest. Don’t let the gutters on your house become the hottest real estate on the pest market.

Seal & Patch Up Holes

We’re all guilty of those projects that we’ll “get to it tomorrow”. Unfortunately, it’s those projects that have helped us compile this list! Small repairs that your house is in need of are one of the projects that quickly get put on the “tomorrow” list. When they continue to get put off, they become bigger projects to deal with.

Sealing cracks and patching up holes on your house is something that you should commit to doing in the new year. Though they seem like small tasks that will make little difference, you’ll be thankful that you took the time to get the job done. Most of these small repairs can lead to a bigger difference in regards to the efficiency of your house or the ability to maintain temperature.

Since we’re relating everything back to how you can keep your home pest free, these small cracks and holes are also easy entranceways for pests to get in. Be it a spider, a snake or a mouse, it doesn’t require much for them to find a way in. Make a resolution to spend a day every couple of months sealing and patching any holes or cracks that you can find.

Tend to Your Yard

The last point that we’re going to touch on in today’s blog is a chore for some and a passion for others, so depending on which one you are it may be easier to add to the list of resolutions. Tending to your yard means that you’re spending that extra bit of time to ensure that the exterior of your home looks just as good as the interior. From mowing the lawn to trimming shrub branches, each of these tasks plays a part into the overall appearance of your home.

Not only do little things like this keep your house looking great, but they keep the pests at bay. When there is a buildup of debris, trees, and leaves for them to make a home in, the more likely you’ll find them. By tending to your yard on a regular basis, you’ll lessen the chances of bringing anything into the house.

Schedule a Pest Control Inspection

Too many people think that pest control services are only for when there’s already a pest control problem, but the reality is that pest control services can also be extremely preventative. For that reason, we suggest scheduling a pest control inspection annually. If you’ve already struggled with a pest problem or you’re living in an older house, you may need to have your house inspected more than once seeing as how the chances of an infestation are heightened.

When you need a team of pest control professionals that you can count on, turn to Earthwise Pest Management. Our team has been fortunate enough to provide the Sacramento, Elk Grove, and Roseville area with high-quality pest control services for years. Reach out to our team today and we’d be more than happy to provide you with some insight on how to schedule a consultation or book your services.

Let’s start 2019 on the right foot — contact our team to handle all current pest control problems!