By Lucas Church & Stephanie Singleton | Technical Writers
Indoor service plans, detailed in Part 1 of our blog, are often recommended for homeowners who are already combating a pest situation. For those of you hoping to stay ahead of the problem or avoid using pesticides inside your home, outdoor service plans can be an ideal preventative measure.
Outdoor Service Plans
An outdoor pest service can focus on eradicating specific kinds of pests that originate outside of the home, like mosquitoes and fire ants. While these pests might not be inside your home, they can affect your enjoyment of your yard. If mosquitoes or other pests are using your lawn as a place to play, then you should call a pest control company that provides outdoor service right away, especially if you have kids or pets that regularly play outside. Outdoor pest control can also act as a barrier to incoming insects and rodents, reducing the number of uninvited visitors that make it inside your home.
Pesticide placement. In outdoor areas, pesticides should be applied as responsibly as within your home. Applying an aerosolized pesticide around the perimeter of your house may be part of your treatment program, but keep in mind that sprays are easily washed away and could harm helpful insects as well. A pest control technician will also know how to effectively apply low-risk pesticides like boric acid and diatomaceous earth. Baited traps designed to attract specific problem pests should also be deployed.
Pest exclusion repairs. Caulking holes around plumbing, fixing gaps around doors and windows, and encapsulating or sealing basements and crawlspaces are effective ways to discourage pests from entering your home. Weep holes—small openings near the foundation of brick walls that allow moisture to exit the home—should also be covered with screens or treated with pesticide. Many pest control professionals provide such exclusion repairs or can teach you about vulnerabilities in your home that you might be overlooking.
Habits of highly effective pest control. As a homeowner, you can supplement a professional approach by making your yard less attractive to pests. Eliminate food and water sources for pests by ensuring your garbage cans are properly sealed and removing any containers that collect rainwater. Stack firewood and pile mulch away from the house, and make sure your grass and shrubbery are trimmed regularly. Don’t forget that certain plants attract beneficial insects that prey on problem pests; do your own research or consult your pest control professional for tips on how to manage your yard to make it as inhospitable as possible to vermin.
Something to remember about outdoor pest control: Often the cost of outdoor service is dictated by the size of your lawn and the variety of pests you’re trying to eliminate.
A Special Note About Termites
While other pests can be nuisances or even affect the health and wellbeing of you and your family, termites cause about two billion dollars’ worth of damage to dwellings in the US every year. There are outdoor and indoor termite treatment options, including termite bait and both repellant and non-repellant perimeter barriers. Pay close attention to the details of your termite warranty to ensure you’re getting the treatment you want. To learn more about the different types of termites that dwell in the US, check out this blog post.
Indoors or Out, Pest Problems Can Be Contained
If you have a serious pest problem inside and want to take action, consider hiring a pest control company to perform an indoor treatment that will greatly reduce your pest problem. If you’re looking at preventative measures, have a less urgent pest situation, or have a pest problem outside of the home, such as mosquitoes, an outdoor service plan is the recommended method of keeping those unwanted bugs and wildlife away from your home and out of your yard.
The unwanted presence of pests in and around your home can bring stress to your home life. Though controlling the problem may seem impossible, you have a wealth of options to get pests out of your house and off your property. Before long, you will be able to enjoy your home the way it was meant to be enjoyed—pest free.