Tips for integrated pest management
If you find a few ants marching along the wall near the kitchen trash container, it may be time to call an exterminator. It can also mean that making a few changes in your environment will likely take care of pests like ants in a much less invasive manner.
A mix of common sense with some knowledge about the life cycle of pests makes integrated pest management an effective and environmentally friendly approach to chase away rodents and insects.
Know a few truths about the pests that may be in your life:
- Termites and other insects love moisture.
- Ants love spring.
- Mice run for cover (most frequently to your kitchen) when temperatures break.
Using the following list of preventive measures can help you keep rodents and insects from taking up residence in your home:
- Keep tree branches trimmed and avoid placing mulch close to the home foundation. Not doing so invites termites and other insects to seek cracks and crevices.
- Clean gutters and downspouts. Don’t neglect outdoor fountains. Stagnant water and moist clogs in guttering draws insects.
- Avoid piled up trash and recycle bins. These are smorgasbords for mice, ants and spiders.
- Don’t stack wood near the house. Mice and spiders will ride into the house with the kindling.
- Avoid leaving dog food unattended outside, as it will draw mice and raccoons, ants and other insects.
- Don’t leave dog food unattended inside the house, either. Store dog food in a sealed plastic container.
- Vacuum and sweep floors and wipe kitchen counters frequently. When mice or ants can’t find anything to feast on, they don’t stick around.
- Seal any cracks in walls or window and door casings. Address leaks around sinks or plumbing. Moisture draws insects and rodents.