With the weather starting to heat up as the spring and summer seasons roll around, your days have likely begun to be filled with walks outside, playing in the park, and dining on patios at local restaurants. While this time of year is exciting for many people and their pets, as they finally get to shed their winter coats and feel the sun’s warmth once again, it’s also a big time for another group as well: pests.
As pests begin to emerge from their wintertime slumber and repopulate, it doesn’t take long for them to take over an area and become a nuisance. When it comes to keeping your home or business pest-free, the best way to practice pest prevention is to be proactive. And the experts at Wil-Kil know to be proactive too.
Preventative pest control begins on the outside. That is why we start our pest control services outside. It’s also where you should begin your preventative spring maintenance. Follow these helpful tips to effectively protect your property from pests year-round, and to prevent your family from being bombarded by creepy crawlies when the weather changes.
What is outdoor pest control?
Whether you call it perimeter, exterior, or outdoor pest control, treating the outside of your home or business for pests is incredibly important. Insects love to hide in the grass, gardens, porches, or sheds outside of buildings, hoping to make their way inside in search of shelter from the elements, water, and food. Many pests also burrow into the ground during the winter months to lay their eggs and new full-grown pest populations emerge as the weather warms back up to finish what their parents started. Treating the outside of your home or business is important because it helps keep unwanted pests from getting indoors in the first place. It also helps control the pest population around your home or business so you can spend more time enjoying the weather, taking care of business, or spending time with family and friends.
The Exterior Pest Control Process
Outdoor pest control treatments form a barrier on the exterior surface of your property that eliminates and repels pests, preventing them from making their way inside and causing health or structural problems. At Wil-Kil, we utilize a liquid pest control treatment and apply it directly onto the walls of your building, porches, doors, windows, and anywhere else where pests commonly slip inside through cracks and openings.
This form of outdoor pest control is effective in reducing a great number of pests typically found in urban or suburban settings, including spiders and ants. This form of treatment eliminates insects that land directly on it, making it a very important first line of defense in your battle against encroaching pests. Not only will outdoor pest control services cut down on the number of pests that lay eggs and reproduce in the vegetation around your home or business, but it will also prevent them from landing anywhere near your structure if it has been treated. The less insects you have around your property, the less of a chance that an infestation can occur.
Preventative Steps for Reducing Chances of Infestations
Before you call the professionals to spray down the perimeter of your home or business, there are a few preventative measures you should take. These measures will help make the exterior treatment more effective:
Be Mindful of Vegetation
Vegetation should not butt up against your home or business since plants, bushes, and flowers are common habitats that attract insects for feeding and nesting purposes. While you may not have as much control over how close trees are to your home or office building, but keeping trees trimmed back at least 6 feet will ensure that pests have a harder time getting into your building. Trees and vegetation can also shield pests from the insecticide treatments, giving them a safe place to hide right next to your building. Make your building less accessible to insects by moving your garden, shrubbery, wood piles, natural debris, and other vegetation out of the way.
Keep Things Sealed
Insects will find any way to enter your building, which is why it’s important to fill as many cracks, holes, and openings in your structure’s exterior as possible. Caulk is a versatile tool that can be used to fill holes and cracks in your foundation or siding, whether it is vinyl shingles, bricks, or other material. You should also be on the lookout for leaky plumbing lines on the outside of the structure because they often lead to water accumulation that can attract pests. For repairs that are too difficult to access or beyond your level of expertise, make sure to call in a professional contractor who can do the job right.
It’s Never Too Early for Professional Outdoor Pest Control
Whether you’re looking for preventative pest control as the weather warms up or you have an infestation already brewing, it’s never too early to schedule a pest control treatment. When you call the professionals at Wil-Kil, we’ll perform a thorough inspection of your home or business to determine the source of your infestation, and then devise a treatment plan to control pest populations indoor, while also creating a barrier outside to prevent them from getting in altogether.
With years of experience helping residents and businesses deal with their pest problems, the expert team at Wil-Kil Pest Control is ready to help you kick the insects to the curb so you can enjoy your outdoor space in peace. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!