Wisconsin Forward. With a state motto like forward, it is no surprise that we look ahead of issues that may arise and ask what we can do to be ahead of the issue. We look to lead the charge rather than react. This is equally as true in our sports teams as it is our public health. Leading the charge in proactive pest control improves the health of our business, household, communities and state. Forward is the way for Wisconsin Pest Control.
Public Health Threats
We hear about certain small critters in movies, songs and shows that it is easy to forget the potential health threat they carry. Here is just a snippet of some pests and their associated diseases:
- Cockroaches – salmonellosis, typhoid, cholera
- Fleas – bubonic plague, murine typhus, tungiansis
- Mice – hantavirus, salmonellosis, listeria
- Mosquitoes – dengue, zika, malaria
- Rats – rat bite fever, plague, leptospirosis
- Ticks – lyme, tularemia, ehrlichiosis
The old principle of an ounce of prevention is more than applicable in the world of pests. With certain pests, there are very specific measures that should be taken, but speaking to pests in general, the formula is rather simple. There are 3 basic areas to keep pests away:
- Reduce access – if pests can’t get in, a problem can’t develop. This is obviously more difficult than it sounds since structures aren’t made to be airtight, but checking entryways, windows, and plumbing and wiring points along with general structural maintenance can go a long way. In many cases, additional limitations to access can be added through pest control applications.
- Reduce food availability – pests need to eat. Some need protein, some need plants, and some eat blood. If the food isn’t around, the pest won’t last. Some pests have a rather long survival time such as days to weeks without food for roaches and months to a year without food for a bed bug, but generally speaking, limit the food and limit the pest.
- Limit water access – this is number 3 because it is the most difficult to do in most situations. For outside, limit the areas where water can collect such as tires, caps, toys, dishes or depressions in the ground where it can puddle after rains. In the home, tend to any high humidity areas or leaks. Some pests like mice can get their water from their food, but many are dependent on an active water source.
Routine monitoring and inspection
Most issues regarding pests start off relatively small and simple. The ticket is both recognizing what needs done and looking often enough to see things before they become complex. This is why it is recommended that a trained eye go over the property once each season or approximately once every three months. It is all too easy to go months without paying much attention to a particular part of a property. When out for visits, Rove technicians go over:
- Key exit and entry points
- Landscaping perimeters and key elements
- Eaves and soffits
- Potential nesting sites
- Areas of potential harborage
Treatment and guarantee
On lower level maintenance plans such as a seasonal rotation, it is important to know that things will be squared away until the next stop. At Rove Pest Control we provide the inspection, treatment, and recommendations to keep properties pest free through the transitions of the weather and pest seasons (which don’t always align with the weather). More importantly, we provide a guarantee. You never know when someone near you is going to break ground, or do something to impact the nearby pest population which in turn affects you. In these instances, it is a great comfort to know you are covered and can have a Rove specialist return to touch things up or do major adjustments as needed.