Indoor-Outdoor Pest Control
What happens if you leave an outdoor pest control problem go untreated? It will soon become an indoor pest issue. If a pest has made it all the way into your yard, chances are he’s bold enough to set up housekeeping in your crawlspace or behind the fridge.
Summer is the most active season for many pests. The warm weather breaks any dormant cycles and gets them up and moving. It is the reproductive season for many troublesome species as well. This is the best time to take control of your outdoor spaces and get small problems fixed before they end up inside. An integrated pest control system is a great way to manage your property. Here are a few ways you can reclaim your outdoor areas from annoying pests.
Since this is an active feeding season for many pests, like ants and cockroaches, baits are a good way to kill a colony without using broad spectrum chemicals. The idea is simple. You place a baiting station near the pest’s home, like an anthill, or its preferred feeding spot, like a near garbage can.
The bait attracts the pest, he ingests it and them takes is back to the colony to share. The bait substance then kills the original eater and anyone who shared it with him. Eventually, the entire colony is killed.
There are pros and cons to every approach. The benefit to bait is its effectiveness. The drawback is that it may time to fully work and it may be hard to put up with the problem till the bait had finished its work.
Doing some lawn clean up and planting bed maintenance can really help cut down on pest issues. Trim trees whose limbs overhang the roof. Rats, mice, squirrels and other rodent use the branches to access your roof and then your attic through the eaves and vets.
Prune your foundation plants and shrubs, too. Make sure they are 8 to 12 inches away from the foundation wall. It will also help to have a good sight line behind the plants. Many pests use this area for cover while trying to gain access to your home.
A little upkeep on your home will help keep it free from pests. Check any wooden structures like decks, patios or gazebos for rotting or decaying wood. Replace it immediately. This could be the start of termite damage. Check your caulking to make sure it hasn’t broken down or been pulled loose. Install weather stripping on doors and windows to keep pests out.
A professional pest control agent can help you choose the best path for you to create a pest-free home. Ask about integrated pest control as opposed to traditional chemical sprays. Get summer started with an inspection and keep up with regular check ups.