Pest Control Management: No Entry: We’re Closed

How many times have you been on the highway and run into a detour sign? The road is closed up ahead and you have to go the way that you have been directed, whether that fits in with your plans and time table or not. You finally arrive at your destination a few minutes late and the “Sorry, We’re Closed” sign is on the door. It’s so frustrating, especially at this time of year. The holidays come around and we race to make our regular appointments while squeezing in family commitments and holiday shopping. The most wonderful time of the year is also the most stressful time of the year.

Imagine how wonderful it would be if you could put up detour signs and close the doors to winter pests. Ants, spiders, cockroaches, mice, and rats are on the move, foraging for their winter food to last them until spring. Some are searching for safe haven to avoid the winter chill. These creatures follow the trails left by other travelers on the road. Insects such as spiders love to live near ants because it’s an easy meal, a smorgasbord. The spiders are able to pick up on the same trails the ants and cockroaches follow to decide where to go. Ants, other insects , and rodents are attracted to water , cellulose and sugars that are left on the ground like breadcrumbs to lead them to the bigger food store. To block the roads and close up shop, there are a few precautions you can take.

First you must eliminate the trails left by the insects that are making their way into your home. This is done by setting up a perimeter that blocks their passage and is as simple as spraying repellents such as boric acid, orange oil, or use plant based sprays. You can also plant garden varieties that act as pest control; the most commonly used flower for pest control is the Chrysanthemum, but clover and lavender are also good road blocks.

Next you want to close up shop. If you haven’t done this in the past, your first effort will take longer than the future upkeep. Make sure that you clear at least eighteen inches between the foundation of your home and all foliage. This helps to prevent insects from entering because they often depend on plants as part of their diet and transportation. Check the foundation for any cracks or openings that allow plumbing and electrical conduits to enter the home. Stuff all openings with clean steel wool and caulk, seal or patch the area. Expanding foam often falls out or deteriorates over time. Check a few inches below the ground level if you see any cracks or fissures to make sure you have the big picture. Use river rock rather than wood mulch if you want a decorative perimeter around your home. Make sure that wood piles or lumber is at least twenty feet from your home and stored a minimum of six inches off the ground. Do not build the storage structure out of wood unless it is treated to be termite resistant. Once you have closed up shop and blocked the roads, it’s just a matter of keeping up the boundary. Think of this as the moat around your castle.

Termite control in Scottsdale is dedicated to keeping your castle free of termite infestation. If you notice evidence of termite infestation during your routine maintenance, make sure to call a professional. Treatments that are available to do it yourselfers are not as effective as the professional chemicals. There have been numerous reports of these treatments backfiring and making infestations worse, when the wrong treatments are used. Termite control in Arizona offers a free termite inspection to help you get started on closing the door on termites.



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