There is a well-known saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The same applies to pest control. An infestation can be costly and deter customers from frequenting your properties. Preventative pest control is often the best approach to warding off unwanted intruders, including rodents and insects. Below are seven pest prevention tips to safeguard your property.
1. Inspect the building perimeter.
It is important to eliminate entry points for pests. Check the perimeter regularly to ensure there are no cracks or openings that would allow pests to get in. Inspect entrances, windows, fixtures and pipes. Wear on the door sweeps should also be checked. Your goal is to eliminate ways pests can enter the building. Consider caulking cracks and crevices and covering holes with wire mesh.
2. Keep it clean.
This tip might seem obvious, but it can make a big difference in pest control and is worth mentioning. Food and beverage spills should be cleaned up immediately and any food items that are kept inside the building should be in a sealed container. If there are employee break rooms, make sure they are also kept clean and empty the trashcans on a daily basis.
3. Trim trees and bushes near the building.
Keeping the landscape trimmed can help prevent pests from congregating near the facility. Prune trees so that they are at least several feet from the building’s roof and cut bushes so they are no closer than one foot from exterior walls.
4. Keep garbage containers tightly shut.
Trashcans inside the building should be emptied daily and the outdoor garbage containers should be tightly closed to keep unwanted pests out. This is especially true when food items are in the garbage.
5. Watch for standing water.
Plumbing leaks should be addressed immediately and water should not be allowed to accumulate in or around the building. Standing water can act as a perfect breeding ground for various pests.
6. Control the clutter.
Clutter in storage areas, such as paper and boxes, can act as a shelter for pests. These areas should be cleaned out regularly.
7. Educate the staff.
The facility staff can make a big difference in preventative pest control. Use this article as a checklist for the staff, so they also know what to look out for and can be proactive.
The EPA also has an extensive list of pest prevention tips that are worth reviewing.
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