Pest control is unfortunately a necessity because of the bug-rich environments in the southeast. Common problem pest include termites, ants, wasps and hornets, yellow jackets, mosquitos, and more. From early spring through the summer months into fall, these types of pest – if not controlled – can cause frustration, stings, and in some cases like with termites, a significant amount of money and resources. There are lots of ways to tackle the problem, and two ways in particular are showing great results.
A safer, more effective and environmentally friendly approach to pest control is a process called Integrated Pest Management. An IPM program involves inspection of the property, identification of pests and harborage areas, sealing off entry points, treating attics, basements, crawl spaces, the use of traps and sanitation. An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is a more comprehensive approach to pest control. IPM goes beyond simply spraying pesticides until the problem goes away, as this is not a safe or effective long-term strategy. An IPM approach first performs a thorough inspection to gather information. Once the pests are identified you can then determine what is causing the pest problem (i.e. what can be done besides using pesticides to eliminate the problem). Next, you can implement a plan of action, make suggestions to homeowners, and finally apply a limited amount of pesticide if necessary. Many pest problems are solved without pesticides and just taking a little time to investigate.
Exterior perimeter services are another effective way of reducing pests, and were introduced a few years ago with the increasing ant populations in Georgia. Many who are on quarterly service would commonly say “I knew it was time for our next service because we started seeing bugs”. The pest treatments begin to wear down and become ineffective with time, thus there is a need for on-going maintenance. However, you do not want to see bugs at all – even if it is time for your next service. panther pest control
Experienced pest control companies can perform treatments on alternating months and on the exterior only. Because most bugs come from the exterior, these treatments are able to control them before they enter your home or office. With the change to an Alternate Month Perimeter Service, you can expect to see instant results and an improvement in long term pest control performance. The need to schedule an interior appointment can be virtually eliminated due to ongoing exterior service, and the number of customers reporting bugs is reduced dramatically. It turns into a win-win service as pest control companies don’t have to interfere with your schedule, and you don’t have to worry about pest getting into your home.
Some say the best approach to pest management is the combination of an IPM and the exterior perimeter service. The IPM eliminates problems and seals off potential bug entry points, and the exterior service can keep them at bay as an added layer of protection. If you have bug problems, or are concerned about inside use of pest control chemicals, you should look into an IPM and/or exterior service.