Pest control is essential for every home and business. There are many settings where pest control programs will vary. For example, stores with food products or restaurants often don’t use chemicals to treat pests as pesticides and such can contaminate food. However, as pest control programs will vary from site to site there are seven essential steps to a very successful pest control program. For residential and commercial buildings and sites alike, A-Tex Pest Management would like to share these essential steps to a successful pest control program.
Step 1. Pest Inspection
When managing any pest, the very first step to pest control is inspection. A regular inspection can determine what pests are in the local area. As seasons change, so do the pest problems. Regardless of the setting, needed pest management inspection can help look for what pests are invading as well as from where.
Step 2. Pest Exclusion & Prevention
After inspection the next step is prevention. Prevention, or often called exclusion, can help determine what is drawing the pest to the site. Most pests rely on food, water and shelter which is the cause of most invasions. To prevent pests one of the essential steps is denying them food, water, and shelter. Seek out potential access points and prevent pests from entering the building.
Step 3. Pest Identification
As the seasons change so will the type of pest. Each species will vary which is why identifying the pest problem is also key. Each pest will have its own set of behaviors and needs. It does no good controlling ants when you have a rodent infestation. However, with regular inspection, you can help identify the current invading pests, which is why inspections are essential all throughout the year.
Step 4. Pest Analysis
Sometimes you may have an invading pest and you may not be sure as to why they are drawn to the site. In some cases, they were not drawn to the site but brought to the site. In both residential and commercial settings, it is common to bring in pests without knowing it. Many pests such as cockroaches, spiders and even mice will hide in boxes, bags, and during shipment drop-offs. There may need to be some inspection system of shipments or other items that are brought into the building.
Step 5. Pest Treatment
Depending on the site and pest treatment, options will vary greatly. Combined with exclusion there are other pest control methods that can help keep pests out. There are many types of bait, scare devices, traps, and if applicable, pesticide and insecticides that can help control pests.
Step 6. Pest Monitoring
Monitoring is not just for pests. Commercial and residential sites will often have food in kitchens and break rooms. Another major source of pests comes from the garage deposit site. Garbage in both commercial and residential locations can often draw in a number of pests. Garbage sites should be well cleaned and garbage bags, cans, and dumpsters shut and sealed.
Step 7. Pest Records
Any to no activity of pests should be recorded and documented. Record keeping can help determine if pest management programs are effective and what pests may be present if any. Both commercial and residential properties should record pests and where they been seen to help aid future pest control programs and how or if they need to be altered or modified.