When it comes to managing your facility, you have to take every detail into account – including potential pest problems. But where does pest prevention actually start? On the outside, of course. Your landscaping choices can contribute to pest activity, which is why it’s important to keep vegetation properly maintained and positioned.
Here are a few tips to help you keep the perimeter of your facility pest-free:
Choose the Right Plants
Plant fewer blooming flowers and avoid using plants that produce nuts, fruit or seeds, as these provide easy food sources.
Trim Your Landscaping
Trim all tree branches and shrubbery at least one metre from walls and windows, even at roof level. Branches touching the building create bridges for pests to get inside.
Watch Out for Water Sources
Make sure water in features like bird baths and reflecting pools is always circulating and use pencil cedar mulch instead of organic mulch (it retains less moisture).
Review the Lighting
Pests are drawn to light, so place exterior lights away from the facility, with their beams shining on the face of the building. This attracts bugs toward the light fixtures (and away from the building) while still providing proper illumination.
Preventing pests at a commercial facility is no easy task, but following the tips above will help keep them where they belong—outside. For more helpful landscaping tips, download this quick and easy guide.
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