Home Shield Pest Prevention
Thanks again for trusting us to provide you with your scheduled inspection and pest prevention service today. Your invoice will show you what was done and point out some actions recommended to improve the ongoing effectiveness of our service. If your program includes insect control, we will have treated the perimeter of your foundation to prevent various ant species from infesting your structure. Even if it seems off-season for insect activity, our products will remain in place in anticipation of spring wake-up. Eaves, soffits, doorways, decks and other structures will have been inspected and treated as needed for ants, stinging insect nests and spider egg cases. We will note any gutter/ downspout failures that could cause a moisture damage issue as well.
For those of you who have a crawl space under your home, this will have been inspected for any damaging insect, rodent or moisture issues. Potential rodent access points will have been noted and addressed. We will always try to keep you apprised of any standing water, plumbing leaks, damaged or disconnected heating, dryer or stove ducts as well as insulation and vapor barrier problems. Bait stations will have been inspected and refreshed. Conducive conditions A key aspect of effective pest control is addressing conditions that are conducive to the attraction and presence of a given pest.
Below is a list of common conditions that can attract, facilitate and hide rodent and insect pests:
• Earth to wood contact can allow ants and termites to access your structure below the soil level where soil is touching or burying the bottom row of siding on your home.
Solution: Move soil away from siding, exposing at least three or four inches of foundation wall for a treatment zone. Anywhere wood is in contact with soil is a potential infestation zone, whether insects or moisture.
• Excessive vegetation growing next to or on a structure is a potential bridge for wood destroying and nuisance pests. This could simply be tall grass growing next to your foundation, giving cover for ants to crawl under your siding, to large tree branches touching your roof as a bridge for carpenter ants and rats to gain access. All shrubs should be kept eight to ten inches away from your house to limit this potential. In cases where trellised vines or espaliered shrubs and trees are attached to a structure by design, we will attempt to treat a perimeter around those.
Solution: Remove turf out eight or ten inches from foundation or other structures mechanically or with Roundup. Prune vegetation away from structure.
• Food/harborage attractants include bird and squirrel feeders, BBQ grills, garbage and compost bins and piles, fallen fruit and berries, outdoor pet dishes, pools and ponds are all very alluring to rats. Carpenter ants are at home in tree stumps, firewood stacks, landscape timbers and any lumber left unprotected. Odorous house ants thrive in fallen fruit and berries but will scout out your home for an expanded menu of sugary treats or pet food left open.
Solutions: It is not always possible to perfectly address all these issues but being aware of and limiting these attractants will go a long way in reducing pest traffic near your home. In most cases, just moving them away from your house (stacks of firewood right next to siding, birdfeeders hanging off eaves, compost outside kitchen door) will lessen their temptation to access your home.