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Patrick Copps

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, e-mail Copps at or visit


May 2016 Maintenance Matters

Pest-proof Your Facility This Spring

Thoughtful landscaping will help keep pests at bay

Landscaping and pest management are more intertwined than you may think—those seemingly well-manicured plants and flowers outside your facility can also attract and provide harborage for pests.

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Fill Your Parking Lot With Cars, Not Pests

Far before any chemical treatments are necessary, you can proactively prevent pests from filling your facilities by setting up external barriers.

While cluttered and unclean parking areas around your property can be a deterrent to tenants and customers, they can also encourage pests like rodents, flies and cockroaches.

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