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.
Find your local branch
National coverage, local expertise. With over 30 branches across Canada, our neighbourhood technicians have an in-depth knowledge of your local area, anywhere in the country.
You may also like
Wasps 101: What Homeowners Need To Know
Wasps can be a real nuisance around your home—especially during the warm months. While these pests are actually rather beneficial for their contributions to agriculture and controlling insect populations, they’re probably not a welcome sight in your backyard. Wasps can ruin outdoor activities and even make their way inside the home to cause even more trouble.
5 Tips You Can Use To Keep Mosquitoes Out Of Your Yard
When the sun is out, you want to be out enjoying your backyard. Well, mosquitoes feel the same way, but before they go turning your family into their next meal, here are five tips you can use to keep mosquitoes out of your yard.
How To Inspect For And Prevent Termites
Though they’re not the most visible pests, termites can cause extensive damage to your home or business if left unchecked. Hiding within the structure of the building, these pests are capable of chewing through foundational materials and leaving widespread—and expensive—destruction behind. Termites provide benefit to ecosystems because they break down waste into nutrients for soil, but unfortunately, they can also break down the man made places where you live and work. Stopping termites starts with knowing how to identify the problem. Let’s a take a quick look at the two most common types of termites and the signs that indicate their presence.
Move over, mosquitoes. Not only are these pests a nuisance, but they can leave painful bites on unsuspecting victims. Prevent these tiny vampires from feasting on your employees and customers by identifying their source and using preventive pest control to eliminate the itch left behind by mosquitoes.