PEST PREVENTION FOR THE DILIGENT HOMEOWNER
Besides keeping up with your quarterly pest maintenance & prevention applications, here are some tips that will help assure your family a pest-free environment:
- Keep all shrubbery that is close to the property well trimmed. Maintain a 3 ft strip of weed free space around the foundation.
- Store all firewood away from the buildings and off the ground and check it carefully before bringing it inside.
- Seal cracks and crevices as well as vents; keep doors shut when not in use; screen windows and use door sweep strips to keep pests out.
- Keep outside lights off whenever possible so as to not attract pests – especially near doors and windows.
- Water your lawns/plants in the morning rather than evening when most pests are actively seeking moisture.
- Address any moisture conditions in the home as soon as possible. Leaky roofs, leaky pipes, water in the basement – these can lead to expensive repairs and pest problems in the future.
- Make sure gutters, flashing and down spouts aren’t leaking and are free of debris and that they drain at least 3-5 ft away from the foundation.
- We recommend not using wood chips close to home. These attract a host of moisture & wood loving insects like termites and earwigs and the pests that feed on them, like Carpenter Ants. If possible, install crush stone beds instead of the mulch beds.
- Seal the driveway and cracks in the walkways as well as rotted holes in trees.
- Keep garbage and food in tightly sealed containers at all times (this includes pet food!).
- Do not keep debris piles such as leaves or sticks near the building.
- Do not feed the birds (rodents love bird seed too).
- Dump out any standing water that may accumulate on items in the yard (in old tires, swings & slides, debris, etc…
- Consider the use of Mosquito Larvicides (like “MosquitoDunks”) for use in fish ponds.
- Bring out the trash and empty the litter boxes regularly (daily in the summer), store garbage and animal poop in airtight garbage containers to prevent fly development.
- Follow any suggestions made to you by our technicians. They have been trained to spot the conditions that are favorable to a pest invasion and they are there to help you keep your property pest free