Managing Seasonal Pests

by Lawton Brothers | Jun 09, 2021

 

Keeping your business sanitary and successful means dealing with a multitude of pests, year-round. Pests such as roaches, mosquitos, and rats can spread disease and bacteria, putting your customers and staff at risk. Have no fear – IPM is here. IPM, or Integrated Pest Management is a method of pest control that has a focus on controlling and removing the pests without harm to you or the environment. This method involves making observations and assessing the safest pest treatment plan, for the planet and your wallet!

The Source

Our first step in Integrated Pest Management is identifying ‘the source’. Not nearly as cool as it sounds, the source of an infestation is usually shelter, food, or water that has attracted the wandering eyes of your neighborhood pests. An as we all know, once they’ve found a source there’s almost no stopping them. Almost.

So, we know pests are not so much the source of a problem as they are a result of one. So once you’ve noticed the pest, it’s time to observe and follow your pests. Try to determine where the pests may be entering from or what they may be attracted to. Finding this source is the easiest and most effective way of removing any pest.

This process may involve multiple trials and tests to determine the original source as well as their entry points. If you believe you have found the source, do your best to remove it. Standing water, crumbs, and shady or covered areas will attract any pest, so it is always best to resolve problems as soon as they are found.

In some cases, you may have to opt for manual removal. If you cannot determine or remove the source/infestation, the next step is treatment.

Manual Removal

In most cases, it is best to call a professional exterminator if you already have a pest infestation. However, if you have only just noticed your pests, you can effectively take action to prevent and scale back the infestation. For both indoor and outdoor treatments, you can use a hand-pump sprayer filled with a liquid insecticide or rodenticide (prepared according to the label’s recommended product ratio). When using the chemicals, make sure to wear long sleeves, protective goggles, gloves, and close-toed shoes to avoid any contact with your skin or mucus membranes.

Focus your attention on entrances and exits (including windows, inside and out), areas where cables, pipes, or other equipment enters the building, around vents, and at least 3 feet upward and 1 foot outward on the outside of the building. Keep the following tips in mind when looking to prevent or treat an infestation.

-Clean out clogged gutters.

-Trim bushes and trees away from the building.

-Remove excess mulch to avoid attracting termites.

-Check that the irrigation on property is properly managed and avoid letting water or moisture build up around the foundation.

-Close off any entry points (including any cracks or gaps) and eliminate clutter around entrances, dark spaces, and storage.

Let’s Come Clean…

At Lawton Brothers, we believe in being good to our customers as well as the environment. If you’re unsure about choosing a green insecticide or have more questions about managing pests on your property, give us a call today 800.432.0813! Our team is here to work with you to determine your needs and provide you with all the answers to your cleaning questions.

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