Exclusion of pests is the best pest prevention method. Exclusion programs focus on core areas and take into consideration a structure’s unique features and purpose. Pest Control Management Professionals can provide advice on excluding pests from your home or commercial establishment. Often this is the best pest control method for both home pest control and commercial pest control, minimizing the need for chemical treatments and improving the success of a pest control service.
Some areas of concern for home pest control include, utility lines such as gas, plumbing, electric, cable and air condition lines. Sealing around these areas excludes pests form a structure and prevents pest infestations. Roofs with openings around chimneys or vents are another possible entry point. Retaining the help of a roofer to inspect your roof and make repairs can be useful for pest prevention. Gutters provide a source of water for pests and a well maintained gutter system is vital for pest prevention. Sill plates, exterior doors without thresholds or doors that do not seal well are common areas for pests to enter. Mice and Rats can enter through an opening of ¼ to ½ inch and ants can enter through very small cracks and crevices. Making sure doors and windows have a good seal on them prevents pests from being able to enter. Use rodent-resistant products to protect these areas. Random holes left open during construction are great entry points because they are often undetected giving a pest unhindered access. Using a stainless-steel mesh product is helpful for excluding pests from small openings. Excluding pests as much as possible is a considerable benefit to any home pest control service.
Commercial buildings have some access points in common with residential properties and some that are unique to them. Customer entry doors, roll-up and overhead doors or dock doors left open are excellent pest entry points. Roof-top air conditioning units are also areas pests may enter a building. Installing door sweeps and using rodent-resistant materials to prevent rodents from gnawing through help protect against a pest entering a structure. Doors constantly being opened and closed may come out of alignment, expand, or contract with temperature change, creating gaps and entry points for pests.
Landscaping may also contribute to pest infestations. Avoid using plants that attract and harbor pests and those that will accumulate trash, this will help to prevent pest infestations such as rodents. Using barriers of non-decaying materials is also helpful.
In sensitive commercial settings like pet stores, exclusion is often the best control method, these settings provide ample food sources, and common techniques for eradicating pests are often unavailable for these types of establishments, therefore; exclusion is essential in these types of commercial settings.
Effective pest exclusion strategies and pest control requires your involvement for successful results. In commercial establishments making sure dock doors are closed or automatic door closure timing mechanisms are set correctly are important steps for keeping pests out. Training employees that sanitation is the best pest control solution and using proper trash disposal practices is vital. For residential properties, good landscape management such as keeping vegetation away from a structure is vital to pest prevention. Storage of items such as firewood or other objects providing safe harbor for pests should always be kept from touching the side of a home.
Your Pest Control Professional can help develop a plan for pest exclusion after completing an inspection of these and other areas of concern. Often the Best Pest control is Pest Prevention. For some issues, the pest professional may be able to provide exclusion services, for other issues he may recommend a service from a professional in other service categories. An example would be a roofer to repair any roof issues or a plumber to fix plumbing issues. More preventative pest control tips for individual pests can be found on our website www.americanextermination.com.