Integrated Pest Management: How to pest proof your home

This year has shown increasingly high cases of the West Nile virus, in fact it has been the worst year to date. There has also been a surge in flea and tick infestations that people are having difficulties eliminating with conventional pesticides even at industrial strengths. With this warm weather and ongoing rainfall, roaches and ants are finding their way in too!  What to do? No matter where you live, prevention (integrated pest management) is always critical to the management of pests.

While environmental factors such as the record-breaking heat (which cause insect’s reproductive rates to increase) are hard to predict, there are ways to protect yourself and your family from pest outbreaks. Implementing integrated pest management principles are a great place to start.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices and low impact products. Integrated pest management uses current information on the life cycles of pests and the interaction they have with the environment. The information is used to help manage the outbreak of pests by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazards to people, pets, property, and the environment.

It’s important to stop or prevent the outbreak of pests by implementing practical methods of pest management. Here is a fall checklist to help pest-proof the indoor and outdoor areas of your home.

Outdoor Areas:
1. Garbage cans and dumpsters are sealed properly
2. Garbage cans and dumpsters are located away from doors
3. Walls, roof, and foundation are free of holes and cracks
4. Window screens are free of damage
5. Exterior doors have sweeps or weatherstripping to prevent pest from entering
6. Roof gutters are cleared of leaves and debris
7. Water drains away from building to prevent mosquitoes
8. Foundation comes up at least 12 inches above soil level to prevent pests from entering
9. Wood, debris, and mulch at least 6 inches away from building
10. Keep lawn and garden neatly trimmed & treated with EcoTreat Outdoor Pest Control Lawn Care

Indoor Areas:
1. Bulk food products are stored off of the floor
2. Floors and molding are free of food scraps, grease, or sugary substances
3. Gaps between pipes, walls, and vents are sealed or screened
4. Cracks and crevices around cabinets are sealed
5. Faucets and pipes do not drip or leak
6. Garbage containers have lining and lids
7. Walls and baseboards are free of holes
8. Food and food wrappers are disposed of properly
9. Mops and other cleaning materials are dried or hung upside down
10. Make sure there are no areas with standing water

Although this is a fairly general checklist, make sure the suggestions above are followed to drastically decrease the amount of pests in and around your home. If you suspect you have a pest problem, you can spray Biodefense indoor pest control and for outdoor pest control, spray Ecotreat on your lawn and outdoor areas. In addition to the list above, make sure your house is cleaned on a regular basis and use Wondercide products as necessary to repel insects from coming back. You will provide yourself, your family, and your pets with a safe environment without having to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have an Integrated pest managment company come to your home.

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