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4 Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before Needing an Exterminator

In many cases, pest infestations can be avoided. Unfortunately, if you don’t work in pest control, you might not realize what is making you susceptible to a pest problem. If you’re hoping to avoid pest infestations, make sure to keep the following tips in mind!

1. Unsealed food invites all kinds of pests.

While the food in your fridge and freezer is protected, the food on your counters or in your pantry is not. Make sure that all of your food is kept in airtight containers so that it won’t attract bugs or rodents.

2. Plumbing problems can attract pests.

Just like any other creature on Earth, pests need water to survive. This is why you’ll find many types of pests in swampy areas or in your home’s “wettest” rooms: the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. In their search for water, pests will often be drawn to homes with plumbing issues such as dripping hose bibbs, leaky pipes, or a broken, leaking sewer line.

3. Where there is one pest, there are others. Many others.

Many people will postpone calling a pest control company when they see only one rat or one roach. The logic is, “It’s just one—that’s not really an infestation.” We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s highly unusual for there to be only one, random pest in your home. If you’re seeing one, there are others that you’re not seeing in your home’s less-visited areas.

4. Even if you keep a clean home, you can still get pest problems.

There’s a stigma that only filthy homes get pest control problems. While homes with lots of clutter, a dirty kitchen, and crumbs everywhere may be more susceptible to a pest infestation, we still have to get rid of pests from plenty of clean homes too!

People unknowingly bring pests home with them on their clothes or in groceries. Additionally, most homes are not professionally pest-proofed, so there are tons of cracks, holes, and gaps that bugs and rodents can squeeze through. This can become a significant problem during winter when pests seek shelter indoors.

Residential Pest Control in New Jersey and New York

At Horizon Pest Control, we’ve been helping homeowners stay pest-free since 1970! If you have a pest problem in your home, you can count on our experts to provide you with an effective solution. Contact us online or call us today at (201) 365-9886 for assistance.

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