If you had to guess whether pests are more likely to visit the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens or the Davis Museum, you would probably lean toward the Gardens. We naturally associate insects and arachnids with the outdoors and plant life, but the reality is quite different. There are pests that are just as big of a threat to museum artifacts or structures that are constantly pushing to invade homes and businesses. Knowing is half the battle, but there are several things to consider when planning your Wellesley pest control.
Know the Threats
Each pest found in Wellesley is seeking something. That list typically includes:
- Shelter – this may be from predators, weather, or sheltering its food stores
- Nesting sites
- Resources – some pests such as wasps and mice often need materials to build their nests
Understanding what pests are seeking will help in the elimination of pest-attracting features in and around the structure.
You can also approach it by looking at the surroundings of a building or yard. If there are plenty of trees around, carpenter ants or wasps may be a threat. If there is overgrown undergrowth, mice and ticks would make the high threat list. If there are areas that remain damp or capture rainwater, mosquitoes and springtails are likely to pop up.
Seek the Weaknesses
First and foremost, Wellesley buildings (new and old) should be inspected regularly. The precipitation and seasonal weather change dramatically impact structures during the year and from year to year. Identifying cracks, crevices, and other developing points of entry early will allow the access point to be fixed or blocked before pests gain access and settle in for the long haul. Inspecting can be challenging throughout the year such as when the leaves or snow try and cover everything Wellesley has to offer, but diligence pays off.
If you start to notice pests, getting the correct identification and reaching out to the local pest experts can give you the secret sauce for efficient control of the invading pests. Roaches making their way into your home? Deep cleans with degreasers are the starting points. If it is bed bugs though, you will be focused on pitfall traps and/or heating them out. Spiders? Key adjustments to lighting or moisture management can lay the best foundation for control.
Develop the Process
Despite having the best starting point, most pests do not have a one-step, simple solution to their control. Pest control in Wellesley is a process and matching up the correct tools with the corresponding pest in the right order is key to success. The basic process includes:
3. Learn the Biology
4. Determine Thresholds
5. Tactical Planning
- a. Cultural management
b. Physical management
c. Biological management
d. Chemical management
In some cases, a single plan can be put together for a property, but in many cases, the plan may need to be multi-faceted.
Follow up, Follow up, Follow up
Whether you are looking at the last step in a single given process or the changing of the seasons, nothing stays the same for long in Wellesley. Every change in construction, landscaping, weather, etc. will bring changes to the pest populations. This is why we provide our clients with quarterly (or more often if necessary) monitoring of pests. Additionally, if something changes before we are scheduled to come back out, we cover that too.
Reach out to a pest specialist to get your custom plan in place so you can worry about things that matter more to you – or at least just have the peace of mind that things are covered.