The onset of spring surely brings along a breath of fresh air and warm weather that awakens new life but with blooming flowers and singing birds come bugs. Termites, ants, cockroaches, rodents, and all other pests that were dormant during the cold winter months start popping up everywhere as temperatures rise. Fortunately preventing them is an easier way than battling a full-blown pest invasion. Follow these pest control practices to keep unwanted pests away from your premises and prevent future infestations:
Seal All the Entry Points
Any cracks or crevices along doors, windows, pipes, light fixtures, foundation and HVAC units offer easy access to cockroaches, rodents, bees and wasps so it is important to seal all entry points and avoid potential problems from entering into your establishment.
Eliminate all Sources of Stagnant Water
Spring means warmer temperatures and a wet climate which brings along unwanted pests that can damage your property. Dampness and standing water are major sources of attraction for pests that need only a little bit of water to multiply and thrive. Before they breed and become hard to control, it is necessary to remove all the sources of standing water including downspouts, flowerpots, trash cans, and storage containers.
Clear all the Clutter in and Around your Establishment
Rake up all the leaves, tree stumps, twigs, and other debris in your premises. This will greatly reduce the likelihood of termites and other wood eating pests that are busy creating colonies during the spring season.
Trim all the Trees and Shrubs
Cut all the trees, bushes, and plants growing in close proximity to your premises and also around your foundation to prevent pests that are fully capable of surviving in nature. Maintaining a clear zone is an excellent way to prevent unwanted pests from visiting your premises.
Inspect all the Gutters for Blockages
Spring cleaning is incomplete without clearing gutters that easily lure pests. Clogged gutters create conditions that are conducive to the growth and spread of pests that can damage property and spread diseases. Do a thorough inspection for leaks and fix them immediately as damp soil makes an excellent entryway for ants, termites, and mosquitoes.
Store Woodpiles and Construction Materials at a Safe Distance in a Storage Area
Since pests are actively seeking to enter your establishment during the spring season, construction materials and woodpiles will only make it easier for them. Stack everything that is not in use safely in storage units that are located a little away from your establishment and not in direct contact with the soil.
Keep all Trash Cans Sealed
Make sure all the trash cans are sealed using tight lids because all the items in your trash cans are food for most pests. This will discourage roaches, rats and raccoons from invading your property. Lining trash cans with bags will act as an extra layer of defense against pests.
Keep Food Preparation Facilities Clean, Dry and Sanitized
Spring is the optimal mating time for rodents and rats who become more active during warmer months. So, the spring season is particularly important to keeping your kitchens, canteens, cafeterias and pantries clean. Store food only in air tight containers, wipe counters completely dry, and keep the flooring clean.
Despite your best efforts it is possible that pests bring mayhem and problems to your business by attacking plants, damaging lawns, eating away at structures, causing bad odor, spreading harmful diseases and so much more. If you want your premises to be pest-free this spring, the best way to do it is to hire professional pest control services. At Take Care Termite and Pest Control, our professionals are trained to use safe and effective pest control practices for long-term protection. Contact us at (209) 832-7300.