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