Parking lots are the first and last experience many tenants have with your building, and making a good impression requires more than just newly-painted lines, updated lighting and manicured landscaping.
A large part of leaving a lasting impression is making sure that your trees, grass and shrubbery are properly trimmed and that no litter or other refuse is strewn about your grounds.
While cluttered and unclean parking areas around your property can be a deterrent to tenants and customers, the bigger danger — a connection many facilities managers and property owners fail to make — is that they encourage pests like rodents, flies and cockroaches.
Whether you have an enclosed parking facility, a covered carport or a wide-open lot, no space is safe from a potential infestation.
Moreover, if you’re attracting pests to your parking lot, you are putting them one step closer to finding a way inside.
But, by maintaining a clean and orderly parking area, you can force pests to hit the road before they set up shop on your property — causing a problem that could have effectively been prevented.
Recognizing the causes of your current pest problems and any potential catalysts for future infestations is only half of the battle; knowing the right steps to follow and when to take action is also crucial if you want to keep pests at bay.
A properly trained pest management professional can do more than provide valuable advice for establishing a barrier on the outside of your building: He or she can help you proactively fight pest activity from unwanted bugs, birds, biting insects and other bothersome pests.
Integrated pest management (IPM) is the preferred method of pest control because it relies on proactive measures for pest prevention and utilizes chemicals only as a last resort.
From removing trash on a regular basis to washing down pavement or concrete, there are several key ways to maintain a clean parking area — one that is unfriendly to pests.
The following are a few common pest-prone areas to monitor during your maintenance routine along with some actionable solutions you can easily implement.
The Parking Lot
Beyond simply being a place to park cars, pests are often attracted to the conditions parking areas offer.
Like humans, pests need basic elements such as food, water, shelter and optimal temperatures to survive, many of which can be found in the confines of a parking lot.
Trash and debris can easily collect in parking lots and decks, as well as around dumpsters.
Consider adding a few more steps to your regular parking lot maintenance routine to help minimize pest pressure.
Some things you can do to combat parking lot pests include:
Landscaping And Sidewalks
While landscaping and sidewalks around parking areas are important features for impressing guests or maintaining tenants, they can also attract a variety of unwanted pests if not well maintained.
Flower beds, mulch and trees offer shelter for insects, so be sure to monitor these areas for pest activity and consult with your pest management professional on any necessary remedies.
Keep these best practices in mind when inspecting and maintaining your parking lot features:
The choice of lighting and light fixtures around your parking lot can have a significant impact on the pest presence in your building.
Certain types of lights and their placement can either attract or deter pesky critters looking to enter your facilities, and a trained pest professional will understand this and be able to provide the proper guidance.
Be sure to follow these steps when installing lights in your building’s parking area:
Prevention Is About Proactivity
By implementing a proactive and preventive approach to parking lot maintenance, you can ensure your building, facility or campus is protected using the best possible measures against future infestations.
As with any IPM program, be sure to consult with your pest management professional to determine the most effective approach for your needs.
As you work to establish a protective barrier around your parking area, you’ll create a clean, comfortable environment for your tenants and guests without allowing pests to settle in for the long haul.