Got pests? It’s likely you could, since they don’t exactly ask your permission before they encroach on your business. Keeping them out requires exclusion tactics that help limit pest access into your building. Effective pest management starts with identifying signs of a pest infestation, monitoring on-site pest activity and tracing them to the source to stop pest problems where they start.
Orkin’s Exclusion Services provide effective, long-term methods to help physically keep pests from entering your building. Understand that pests need very little space to get into your building. Sealing holes and cracks can also stop pests like cockroaches, rodents and occasional invaders from accessing different areas in your facility.
Inspection, Identification and Maintenance
Reasons for Entry: Pests enter buildings in search of the three main things they need to survive: food, water and shelter. Thoroughly inspecting your building’s structure and identifying pest “hot spots” where these items are readily available is crucial to closing their points of entry.
Identify the Gaps: Areas that allow pests to access your facility may get overlooked. Besides windows and doors, consider vents, pipes and cracks.
Seal the Gaps: After identifying places that are most vulnerable to pest infiltration, establish clear maintenance protocols. These can include:
- Repair or replace all torn or missing window and door screens.
- Replace old or missing weather stripping and door sweeps.
- Caulk cracks, crevices or gaps in your structure.
- Repair or replace broken or missing vent covers.
- Place bait stations around the exterior of the building.
Pest Exclusion Tools
Selecting the appropriate products is essential to effective pest exclusion. Here are a few you can use to help keep pests outside:
Door Sweeps: Designed to help create an impenetrable barrier against pests like rats and cockroaches, door sweeps close gaps under doors with thousands of dense nylon bristles.
Air Curtains: Air curtains are an effective method for helping keep flying insects away from your facility. These curtains are mounted in doorways and windows and use high-speed fans to create a wall of air that flying insects have difficulty crossing.
Water-Resistant Sealant: Seal cracks and crevices with weather-resistant caulking to close any gaps pests might use to gain entry into your buildings.
- Rodent bait stations are a common technique for keeping rats and mice away. Bait must be handled safely, and Orkin offers tamper-proof rodent bait stations that protect the bait from accidental exposure to non-target animals or people.
- Insect Light Traps (ILTs), otherwise known as fly lights, are devices that use ultraviolet lights to attract flying pests to a non-toxic sticky board inside a confined trap unit.
If you’re tired of pests entering your facility without permission, consider Orkin’s exclusion services for a long-term, effective approach to help keep them away.
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