New Year, New Pest Problems for Homeowners

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Use the beginning of the year to pest-proof the home, recommends Hoffman’s Exterminating.

December 2023 – The holidays have come and gone, and many are entering the new year with a list of resolutions. While some of the top resolutions every year are along the lines of working out, saving money and organizing the home, pest control experts recommend adding pest-proofing to the to-do list. Hoffman’s Exterminating, a leading New Jersey pest control company, in partnership with the National Pest Management Association, is reminding homeowners that pest infestations are a year-round concern, especially in the winter.   

“At Hoffman’s Exterminating, we recommend homeowners get ahead of any potential pest problems by taking some extra time in January to ensure their home is prepared for the threat of rodents, cockroaches and other critters,” said William T. Hoffman, President & CEO of Hoffman’s Exterminating. “Pest-proofing should be a quick and easy task, which is much better than having to deal with costly damage or health issues as a result of an infestation down the road!”  

To keep pests out of the home this year, use these tips from NPMA:

  • Store Holiday Decorations Properly: Don’t skimp on packing holiday decorations with care. Use durable plastic containers with tight sealing lids to keep pests from infesting festive décor while stored away.
  • Keep a Tidy Kitchen: Food attracts pests to the home, which can quickly turn into a full-blown infestation. Regularly dispose of garbage, clean up dirty dishes and wipe down counters. Make sure baking ingredients, such as flour and oats, are stored in airtight containers.
  • Seal Up Cracks: Use caulk to patch any crevices or holes that provide entry to your home. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and seal the gap between the floor and the door.
  • Store Firewood Away from the Home: Be sure to inspect it before bringing indoors to avoid any unwanted hitchhikers.
  • Pest-Proof Your Yard: Remove dead bushes, branches and fallen leaves that could provide nesting or hiding sites for pests. Even though mosquitoes aren’t a concern until temperatures begin to rise, get into the habit of reducing pooling water where they can reproduce.

To contact a licensed pest professional, visit the Hoffman’s website.