Pest Control Tips

Pest Control Tips

Pest Control Tips

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Farm Business Operations

Know how to use them & what pests they affect. A licensed, insured & bonded state regulated Pest Control provider must meet rigorous criteria to obtain & maintain their licenses.

Get rid of their homes:

Inspect storage areas at interior & exterior & either place away from the structure including firewood or place in plastic airtight bins to eliminate pest’s harborage areas. If cardboard storage boxes are being used, remember this includes the garage & attic especially. Plastic is recommended as cardboard is the perfect home since it can be a food source & a “nursery” for pests.

Get rid of entry points:

Inspect structure exterior & seal up obvious entry points around electrical conduits, windows, doors & pipes. Foam sealant in a can is a quick along with inexpensive fix. Weather stripping at doors & windows will not only keep out pests but improve energy efficiency.

Get rid of their food:

Keep food put away in sealed packages or the refrigerator; remove grease, crumbs & debris especially from crevices & cracks. Eliminating as much as possible removes the pest’s food source.

Get rid of their water:

Search for areas of excess moisture such as under sinks, shower/bath areas, hot water heaters, over-irrigating at exterior perimeter, & air-conditioning units eliminate or re-direct to remove pest’s water source. Gutters holding decomposing organic leaf matter should be cleaned regularly.

Get rid of their homes:

Inspect storage areas at interior & exterior & either place away from the structure such as firewood or place in plastic airtight bins to eliminate pest’s harborage areas. Plastic is recommended as cardboard is the perfect home since it can be a food source & a “nursery” for pests.

Know how to use them & what pests they affect. It is important to know how to use the pesticide, where it can be used, how much & how often to use it. Applying the wrong products at the wrong areas will only cause the pests to multiply & scatter.

Eliminating as much as possible removes the pest’s food source.

Get rid of branches & trim plants too close to structure. Keep trimmed about 2 feet away to remove easy traveling from plant/tree to structure entry points.

Get rid of unlicensed applicators:

Who are “doing it on the side” the liability is ultimately not worth the savings if any. A licensed, insured & bonded state regulated Pest Control provider must meet rigorous criteria to obtain & maintain their licenses. Know your pest control provider & make sure they are indeed state licensed & insured.

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