The end of the calendar year is a time when many people make resolutions for the coming year — and, as many of us know from experience, many of these good intentions aren’t kept. However, if there is one resolution that homeowners and building owners should do their best to preserve, it is protecting their real estate from pests that can cause a severe annoyance, create potentially hazardous health situations, and damage or destroy important parts of the structure.
Essential Measures for Pest Prevention
Pest prevention measures fall into two basic categories: measures that homeowners and business owners perform on their own, and measures that pest control specialists perform. Both types of measures can be helpful for preventing pest infestations, but some measures hold more promise than others. Below, we take a look at two effective prevention strategies you can perform on your own and two tactics that a pest control company can implement.
- Control Outside Food Sources
Some types of pests enter a home or a building after being attracted to food sources located just outside of the structure, especially seed loaves that feed birds and trash cans that contain food refuse. These sources of food are especially attractive to squirrels, raccoons, mice, and rats. Removing the sources helps prevent these critters from squatting in your home or building.
- Control Inside Food Sources
Controlling food sources on the inside of a home or a building is an essential pest prevention measure, too. Food that’s left out in the open — whether in the form of solid food or residue — can attract ants, roaches, grain moths, and mice. Keeping surfaces free of food particles and residue, and storing food in tightly sealed containers, can help keep these pests from entering.
- Perform Biannual Inspections
Controlling sources of human food helps prevent some pests from entering a home or a building more than it prevents other pests from doing the same. For example, silverfish, bed bugs, termites, and spiders commonly feed on things that humans don’t. That’s why it’s crucial to have your structure inspected at least twice yearly to help prevent these pests from colonizing in it.
- Implement Proactive Measures
Having biannual pest inspections performed on your home or building is the perfect prelude to implementing proactive pest control measures. After examining the inside and outside of the structure, our pest prevention specialists will spray the home or building to help keep insects and bay and seal up open spaces on the outside of the structure that could allow pests to enter.
Let Us Help You Stay Pest-Free in 2016
You can perform some effective pest prevention strategies on your own, but there are also some essential measures that a pest control specialist should perform, particularly: biannual inspections for pests and proactive pest prevention measures, such as spraying for bugs and sealing up potential points of pest entry that are located on the exterior of a home or a building.
To schedule pest inspections and pest prevention measures for your home or building in the new year, call Holpers Pest & Animal Solutions at (314) 732-1413, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll perform an initial, free inspection, create a pest prevention solution that addresses the unique requirements of your home or building, and explain precisely why you should implement the plan. Contact us today to make 2016 your pest prevention year!