A Message from Our Certified Entomologist, Gil Bloom
As spring is upon us, we would like to remind you of several ant prevention measures that should be taken by your staff at this time to reduce the odds for ant incursion. By acting now, you can prevent the establishment of internal ant colonies and reduce the number of future complaints and subsequent service charges.
A. Reduce exterior ground clutter such as dead leaves and debris. Keep area free of food sources for both insects and rodents. Remove fallen fruit, berries, candy wrappers, dog feces and any other pest food sources.
B. Close and seal exterior gaps around low windows, pipes and any other access points below six feet with a quality weather proof sealant. You might consider stainless steel or copper mesh in securing some of the larger gaps to provide for rodent exclusion as well.
C.Trim trees back so they do not form a bridge either now or when foliage appears, which will allow foraging ants and other insects to gain access.
D.In trash storage and recycle areas all material should be stored off the ground to allow for proper inspection and control measures. In addition, areas must be properly cleaned on a regular basis, especially in warmer weather to reduce ants, flies, American roaches and rodents.
E. In buildings with setbacks, decks, pool or roof landscaping, inspect all incoming foliage, bark chips and ground cover for possible hitchhiking pests as has happened previously (plant beetles, wood roaches and moths). In ground ant stations may also be placed and maintained in these areas.
F. Eliminate moisture issues, water accumulation and leaks which support pests including ants, American roaches, beetles, gnats, mosquitoes and rodents.
G. Perform an exterior perimeter treatment with a quality residual material
to provide a barrier to foraging ants. At least two more treatments may
be anticipated throughout the season. Your landscape person can provide this service or Standard can arrange to treat it with authorization.
By following these basic IPM practices you will be able to assist in reducing the odds of pest incursion. Unfortunately, once inside the building environment control becomes more complicated, expensive and is at best reactive in nature. Should you have any questions or to arrange for exterior perimeter service please contact our office staff.