June

18

2013

 
Landscaping And Pest Problems

Landscaping can promote pest infestations near your business facility.

Do beautiful flowers, plants and shrubs surround your business? While nice landscaping can certainly add curb appeal and help to draw in customers, did you know that some landscapes could promote a pest friendly environment? Don’t get us wrong, we love a nice looking property, but there are a few pests that could be of concern to your facility if you are not cautious about placement of landscaping and maintenance. Our team of pest control professionals at Sprague Pest Solutions would like to offer a few tips for business owners in Portland, Seattle, and Salt Lake City and throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions to enjoy a landscape without pest problems.

Tall grassy areas are great harborage for ticks (and mosquitoes) so we recommend avoiding tall grass and instead having the lawns mowed frequently. As you may already know, tick bites from deer ticks can spread Lyme disease, which is why ticks and your business should not mesh.

In order to maintain a great looking landscape, water is of course an important element. But frequent watering also promotes a moist environment, which you may already know is ideal for many pests. Mosquitoes, ants, and many lawn pests require moist conditions in order to thrive. So instead of small spurts of watering, it is a better idea to really soak the landscape and lawn in the early morning and then it will have all day to soak into the ground and dry up.

Keep bushes, shrubs, and tree branches trimmed back so they do not touch the side of the facility. Any landscaping that is touching the exterior is really creating a bridge that pests like ants, spiders, even small rodents could use to cross over to the facility and have easier access to the inside.

Avoid the use of wood mulch in your landscape if at all possible. Wood attracts termites, carpenter ants and other wood destroying pests so it is best to just avoid it. There are many different types of mulch and you can ask your landscaping professionals about alternatives to typical wood mulch.

Steer away from water features unless they have continuous moving water. Any sources of standing water on the property are going to be a mosquito-breeding magnet, especially during the summer months.

If you are unsure of your current landscaping features and whether or not they are attracting pests, give us a call at Sprague Pest Solutions. Our technicians are trained to identify areas that are most likely to lead to pest problems and help you make a plan for your business’s current and future pest management.

Sprague Pest Solutions offers commercial pest control in Seattle as well as for commercial facilities in Portland, and Salt Lake City as well as throughout our Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions and Colorado service area. Contact us to learn more!