Like everything else, the best form of control is prevention to handle pests. A preventive pest control maintenance program provides firm support for your entire pest control system and, if executed correctly, will give almost all the pest control you will need.
Preventive Pest Control Checking Indoors
- Check every entry parallel to those outside, like doors, electrical entries, pipelines, window frames, and wirings. Do any repairs required.
- Seek out insects and rodent entry indicators and activity, for example, waste droppings and gnawing marks. Employ traps for rodents before using rodenticides if at all possible. Use insecticides cautiously if needed, and then only follow label instructions.
- Ensure that the inside of your home is free of clutter and food crumbs and, of course, clean.
Preventive Pest Control Checking Outdoors
- Observe every container, such as pet food, watering bowls, and birdbaths for leftover food and stagnant water. If you’re feeding more than how much your pet needs, you are also fascinating predators to dine on in your yard. If you leave standing water, you are attracting mosquitoes to breed.
- Make sure window and door screens fit securely, that the caulking joints are in good order, and that weatherstripping and sweeps aren’t allowing light and pests through.
- Indeed, check the efficiency of the mowing program you have. Seek the presence of thatch. If the grass is getting too high between mowings, you might require adding a mowing day. Thatch and tall grass permit insects and rodents to move unnoticed in your yard and offer weeds time to mature and replant themselves.
- Also, look for cracks, holes, inadequately sealed communication, electrical, plumbing line openings, and seal off any you find with caulk or other appropriate materials.
- Take note of the outside places of your property. Moreover, check for bush and weeds.
- Check for standing water and puddles. If you find any, ensure to create and carry out plans to supply permanent drainage.
- Furthermore, check for debris, rubble, and garbage. These offer shelter and food for both insects and rodents. Take away anything found.
- Check for landscape plants, bushes, tree limbs, and vines reaching your home. Trim them down if they are. They give a roadway for insects to enter your home.
Having these steps carried out, cautiously treat any outdoor pests remaining using the appropriate herbicides and insecticides. If any of the above steps are performed correctly, there should only be a few remaining.
By Graeme Stephens