Property Pest Prevention and Management
Pest problems on your property are not only unwanted by occupants, but they also can create unsafe conditions. Learn how to stay on top of pest management to avoid infestations and what to do should you experience an unwanted pest outbreak.
If you know of Kings III, you probably associate us with one of two areas of expertise: elevator emergency monitoring or pool emergency help. You aren’t wrong here- pool and elevator emergencies make up a large part of 1,000,000+ calls that we take annually. However, in reality, Kings III offers emergency help phones and monitoring for all sorts different areas on a property, meaning that we deal with a wide variety of property emergencies and unpleasantries. Here’s a (not so) fun fact: Kings III’s Emergency Dispatch Center operators have taken calls regarding spider, snake and other unwanted critter bites on more than one occasion. Calls like this make it clear that property pest prevention/management is not only an important property maintenance item, but it can also be considered a property safety item. Let’s face it- the bottom line here is nobody wants to run into uninvited pests while they’re on your property, whether it be because it compromises their safety, or because it simply grosses them out.
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Below are some pest control best practices for you, the property manager, and what to do if you find yourself with a pest problem.
Be aware of the type of pest you need to prevent.
Pest prevention techniques can vary based on the particular critter that you are trying to keep away, so it is important to know which unwanted creepy crawlers pose a biggest threat to your particular property based. This can vary based both on the area in which your property is located as well as the time of the year. For instance, right now, even well into April, many areas of the country are still experiencing conditions that are associated with the transformation from winter to spring. What types of conditions, you ask? Well for one- there’s bugs.
(Via Jim Fredericks, Chief Entomologist and Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs for the National Pest Management Association), the three most common potential pests that tend to reappear in warmer temperatures include:
If you’re looking for a place to start, we definitely suggest starting with prevention measures for these bugs.
As mentioned, you’ll also want to research other common nuisances in your area. Some other most commonly prevented pests include bees, wasps, hornets, bedbugs, cockroaches, snakes and even rodents.
Include pest prevention as part of your preventative maintenance program.
You likely already practice some sort of preventative maintenance on your property. After all, it is a tried-and-true method that allows you to keep your property running effectively and up to standard while keeping things clean and avoiding unwanted disasters and large costs.
Within your preventative maintenance program, you should include steps and action items specific to pest prevention tailored to specific potential problem-pests for your property, as mentioned above. It is recommended to include regularly scheduled property inspections. Not only should you look for and address existing infestations, but you should also keep an eye out for property circumstances that may encourage future flare-ups. Examples of this may include:
- Windows/window screens in bad condition that can allow pests to enter the property
- Damp, moist or wet wood that can attract ants and termites
- Unkept lawns that provide nesting areas
- Unsanitary conditions that attract multiple types of pests
By taking proactive preventative measures, you are much more likely to prevent large pest outbreaks that can become a real problem for property managers. However, in the event that you don’t, the next section addresses what to do.
Get professional help in the event of an infestation.
In the event that you experience a pest flare-up on your property, it is absolutely essential that you get the professional help that the situation requires. As we’ve mentioned throughout this blog post, the techniques to get rid of unwanted creatures depend on the type of infestation experienced. Using the wrong type of treatment for a particular type of pest could create negative consequences.
Additionally, getting rid of an outbreak usually involves implementing toxicity measures. Pest professionals will have the knowledge to not only choose the most effective mode of least toxicity, but they will also help you take the proper precautions involved with the pest control method chosen in order to keep your property safe.
These tips should be able to help you stay on top of pest management before it becomes a big problem. For more information on how Kings III can help your property, visit www.kingsiii.com.