Summer storms have been popping up across the country for the past few months.
These summer showers can cause an increase in humidity and standing water on your property, and create an ideal environment for pests such as mosquitoes and rodents to thrive.
Also, with the downpour going on outside, your building may look like prime real estate for pests seeking shelter from the rain.
The increase in pest populations associated with summer rains can pose serious health risks to your tenants.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes so far in 2013, including 14 cases in humans and two deaths from this mosquito borne disease.
Also, rodents are known to spread more than 35 diseases worldwide through bites, contact with feces, urine or saliva or by handling the pest.
Knowing how to identify, treat and prevent infestations is essential to protecting your health, property, reputation — and your bottom line.
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a proactive approach to stopping pest problems before they start.
By consulting with a pest management professional, and adding a few simple steps to your regular maintenance routine, you can help keep rodents and mosquitoes from taking your building by storm this summer.
When it comes to rodents, here are a few tips for how to spot an infestation:
Both rodents and mosquitoes are attracted to the standing water left behind after a summer shower and will readily enter nearby buildings through any available opening.
While you can’t control the weather, you can take action to make your building less attractive to these pests by following a few simple steps:
Regardless of whether you’ve seen torrential downpours or arid heat, summer is peak pest season, so it’s important to be extra vigilant in your maintenance and sanitation routines.
Talk with your pest management professional about implementing an IPM program to help prevent pests from taking up residence in your facility.
Patrick Copps is technical services manager for Orkin’s Pacific Division. A Board Certified Entomologist in urban and industrial entomology, Copps has more than 35 years experience in the industry. For more information, email opps at PCopps@Orkin.com or visit www.OrkinCommercial.com.