New Year, New You: How to Make Green Pest Control Part of Your New Year’s Resolutions

What is it about the new year that makes us all feel like starting off fresh on a good note? We feel like breaking away from our bad habits and trying to live with a more positive impact on your lives and our communities. We feel as if we have a whole year to accomplish our goals and that we can attain anything if we just set our minds to it.

With wildfire sweeping across Australia and California and so much talk about climate change, it seems natural that many of us want to make a commitment to our planet to do better in our lives and do what we can to make a positive impact on the planet. Our planet’s natural beauty and resources are worth preserving, and if we all make a few small changes in our own lives, we can make a big impact together.

But that impact starts at home and it starts with you. It means walking or riding a bike when you could drive somewhere nearby. It means investing in a water purifier if you usually buy plastic water bottles or using tote bags instead of plastic bags at the grocery store. If you have the means, it could also mean purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle instead of a big truck or SUV or installing solar panels on your home. 

Being green can also extend to your hobbies. If you have a green thumb, growing your own fruits and vegetables can be good for the planet and even your wallet. You save money by growing your own food, and planting more flowers and trees in your yard is good for the planet itself.

You can even change the way you buy products to help minimize your impact on the environment. Rather than buying from fast-fashion retailers, invest in well-made clothing that won’t fall apart in the washing machine — bonus points if it’s made from sustainable resources. The textile industry is one of the worst global polluters, and our pivot to fast-fashion has led to a massive build up of fabrics and textiles in our landfills. You don’t have to buy expensive designer clothing, but avoid fast-fashion and look into other alternatives such as thrifting (ThredUp) or even renting (Rent the Runway).

Going green can even extend to your pest control services, and Natran is here to help with that. If you’re serious about wanting to help the environment as part of your New Year’s resolution and want to change your lifestyle to include more eco-friendly practices, here’s how going green with pest control can help you keep your New Year’s resolution.

Why go green with pest control?

When you see a cockroach scurry across your kitchen floor, your first instinct is probably to try and kill it with everything you’ve got. You might feel grossed out at having a pest inside, and you may start to panic, thinking that there are pests lurking in your home. This is a fairly common reaction, but it often leads to some rash reactions from homeowners, and those reactions don’t always result in a pest problem under control.

Many homeowners will reach for Raid and other pesticides commonly sold at big-box and hardware stores, but those products have chemicals in them that can harm you, your family members and your pets. What’s more, they don’t solve the problem of keeping pests away for good. At best, they kill the ones you see, but they don’t do much to prevent those pests from coming back — and if all you do is spray for them, then there’s a good chance those pests will be back before you know it.

That’s why the green pest control approach is so much more effective than just spraying any old pesticide. At Natran, our strategy for preventing pest invasions is two fold. When a client calls us with a pest problem, our first priority is to get rid of the pests currently occupying the home. Using botanical-based products, our green pest control experts will devise a plan for your home that focuses on where the pests are coming in and where they’re hanging out in your home. Our experts will use a combination of their botanical-based products and best pest-control practices to get rid of pests from your home for good.

But that’s only part of our strategy. Our experts know how Houston’s pests like to think, and they’ve helped homeowners find holes and other problems in their homes where pests may be getting in. They’ve also helped homeowners curve behavior around their homes that often leads to infestations, such as:

  • Fixing leaky faucets right away: Cockroaches, for example, love damp environments, and a leaky faucet under your sink is just one opportunity to make a home. 
  • Sealing cracks along windows and doors: Some good weather stripping will go a long way. You’d be surprised how many pests get inside your home just by sipping under your front door.
  • Placing your garbage cans away from doors to your home: All types of pests — from insects to live animals — love to hang around garbage cans. If those garbage cans are near your back door, then it’s probably a matter of time before those pests start to make their way towards your home to see what other foods might be inside.

When our green pest control experts visit your home, you can more than a pest-fighting team. Our experts can also help you with some great ideas on how to keep pests away for good and how changing a few behaviors can make your home unfriendly to pests. You can ask questions and get expert opinions on how to prevent these pests from coming back.

How to make a green New Year’s resolution

Making a green New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to involve changing your entire lifestyle overnight. Like any resolution, going green can be done over the course of the year, making little changes here and there to lead to the big end goal of drastically reducing your impact on the environment. 

Your green New Year’s resolution should address the aspects of your life that could be greener and provide you with doable actions that will help you change your behavior. This could involve investing in a bike with a basket so you can pedal over to the pharmacy or corner store to pick up a few things instead of driving or replacing all of the light bulbs in your home with LED bulbs that last longer and use less energy.

Of course, investing in new LED bulbs or a bike will take a financial commitment, but you don’t have to buy everything at once. Here’s how you can break down your overall goal of going green into bite-size goals that will be more attainable.

  1. Write down the smaller green goals you want to accomplish this year: This can be anything from replacing your plastic bags with totes from grocery shopping to making your own cleaning products for your home. You can have as many goals as you want, in fact the more the better when it comes to the environment.
  2. Take a calendar and assign dates to meet your smaller goals: You can have a goal every month, every other month or even every three months. If you’re concerned above making bigger financial investments, such as replacing windows with energy-efficient ones or investing in LED bulbs for your entire home, space them out so you have time to save or buy a little at a time.
  3. Get your family on board: Going green is something every family can get involved with in their homes, and when you have everyone working towards the same goals, they’ll feel less daunting and more attainable. Your kids might even look into how they can change their own behaviors to be more green.
  4. Place your goals in a spot where you and everyone else can see them: When your goals are front and center in your home, they’ll be front and center in your mind. Having those goals will help you remember to grab your tote bags before heading to the grocery store.

Think of your New Year’s resolution as a marathon, not a sprint. It’s not about just buying a bike or LED bulbs. It’s about changing your mindset to a more green, environmentally friendly state. Your goal should be to break non-green habits and make being green second nature to you. It should be second nature to grab your bike to run to the store or reach for those totes on your way out to do some grocery shopping.

How to be greener with your own pest control

You can make green pest control part of your green New Year’s resolution by simply changing the way you do things around your home. It’s called integrated pest control management, and it involves a science-backed and common-sense approach to fighting pests and stopping them from coming in. When you know more about the pests in your home — where they live, what they eat, when they mate — you’ll be able to take simple common-sense steps to prevent those pests from coming into your home.

Your green pest control should start in your kitchen where all of your food is stored. In fact, all of your food should be safely stored in your cabinets. If closing the cereal box isn’t enough, you should also consider investing in airtight containers to keep pests out.

Once you’ve cleared away the crackers, chips and other foods, it’s time to get serious about keeping crumbs off your countertops and floors. You and your family will need to commit to cleaning off countertops and vacuuming regularly in your kitchen to make sure no crumbs remain in corners where pests will be happy to find them. You can also implement a rule in your home about taking food to bedrooms and living rooms and when those dishes should be brought back down. 

Next, move on to fixing any leaks in your home. Check under all of your sinks and look for damp spots where water might be collecting. Not only are pests like cockroaches drawn to these spots, but mold can also grow quickly in dark, warm and damp places, so fixing any leaks will prevent not only pests but also mold infestations.

Now take a window and door tour of your home and inspect each one. Feel around your windows for cold spots where air might be seeping in and take notice of any cracks. These might seem like cracks too small for a pest, but you’d be surprised what pests can get through, so it’s best to seal up these cracks immediately. This will also stop warm and cool air from escaping your home and save you money on your energy bill. If you notice a draft coming in from your doors, invest in some good weather stripping. This will keep pests out and warm air inside in the cold winter months.

And when a pest problem does get out of hand, calling a green pest control company like Natran should be part of your green New Year’s resolution. Our experts have seen pest infestations all over the city, and they’re ready to tackle any infestation in your home. Using a good combination of botanical-based products and best practices, our green pest control experts will locate the source of the infestation, treat the area for the pests already there and come up with a strategy to prevent the pests from coming back. With Natran, you can feel confident that your home and your family are in good, green hands.

So this year, make your New Year’s resolution all about going green. It only takes a few lifestyle changes to make a big impact on your own life, and those little changes can build to something bigger. We only have one planet, and it’s up to us to protect it.

Share with us: What are your green New Year’s resolutions? Tell us more in the comments and let us know how our green pest control services can help.

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