General Pest Prevention

Preventive Pest Control Treatment Plan

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Once all of the problem areas have been addressed you can start your general preventative pest control product application. It is important to remember that insecticides and rodenticides alone will not stop all pests from getting in your home. These products will definitely help reduce the pest population but without following the sanitation and exclusion steps your home or business could still potentially be infested. Spraying around the exterior of your structure every 1 to 3 months (depending on the season and the weather) and dusting in cracks and crevices every 6 months for insect pests will help prevent a pest insect infestation when used as part of your program. If rodents have been a problem in and around your structure in the past you should also consider baiting around the exterior of your structure to prevent an infestation of rodents.


Prevention Treatment

You will need a couple of tools and products to be able to perform your own pest control program.
  • Hand pump or back pack sprayer
  • Liquid concentrate insecticide
  • Hand duster
  • Dust insecticide
  • Glueboards
There are many brands of insecticides on the market which can make choosing just the right one for your needs a little daunting. We have put together a starter insect pest prevention kit to make picking the right insecticides and equipment easier for beginners.

We recommend applying the liquid insecticide every 90 days around the exterior perimeter of your structure. In instances of high pest populations or intense heat, you can apply the insecticide spray every 30 days. Be sure children and pets are out of the areas during the application. They can return as soon as the areas have dried, usually about an hour. Mix the concentrated liquid insecticide as recommended on the product label. Using a hand pump sprayer or a backpack sprayer, apply the solution to the following areas:

  • 1 foot up the foundation of the structure and 1 foot out on to the ground
  • around areas where cables, pipes and wires enter into the structure
  • around door frames and window frames
  • around vents and soffits
  • any other area on the structure where insect pests have been active

After the liquid insecticide has dried it is time to apply the dust insecticide. We recommend using a dust insecticide every 6 months directly in cracks and crevices around the exterior of your structure. You may be wondering why we recommend using two different insecticides around your home or business. We make this recommendation because the liquid insecticide will be exposed to UV rays or applied to porous surfaces both of which can reduce the effectiveness of the application. Dust applications are long lasting and work well as added protection against persistent invading insects. Add insecticide dust to the hand duster and apply to the cracks and crevices in the following areas:

  • around window and door frames
  • around areas where cables, pipes and wires enter in to the structure
  • around eaves and soffits
  • any crack, crevice or gap where pests can enter

We suggest placing small glue board traps (see diagram below) in your cabinets, under appliances and in areas where you store items such as closets, garages and attics to monitor for any potential pests that may have found a way in or been brought inside on other items such as firewood, furniture or boxes.

Pro Tip

During times of intense heat and/or frequent rain, liquid insecticide spray residuals can be diminished. During these times you can supplement your program with Intice 10 Perimeter bait to help keep pests out. Intice 10 is a superior bait formula that contains boric acid and will not lose efficacy due to UV rays, heat or moisture. You can apply a 2-3 foot wide band around the exterior of your home (avoiding areas you have sprayed). 1 lb will treat approximately 200 linear feet and will last about 90 days.


Prevention Treatment

If you have had a rat or mouse infestation inside you likely already know that these pests can be quite difficult to eliminate after they have gained entry into your home or business. After following the sanitation and exclusion tips we recommend placing rodent bait stations loaded with rodenticide around the exterior of your home or business. We have put together rodent kits that include tamper resistant bait stations that will protect the bait from the elements and also from non target animals.

We recommend placing loaded bait stations near each corner of your structure and by the front door and back door or garage. You should check the stations every two weeks and replace the bait as needed. You will likely see more activity in your stations in the spring and fall as the rodents become more active.

Pro Tip

Not sure which size tamper resistant station to purchase? We recommend purchasing the rat size station since both rats and mice can enter the larger station. Mouse sized stations will only allow mice to get to the bait.
You can attach your bait stations to patio blocks to help anchor them so that larger animals cannot carry them away and also to raise them off of the ground to stop water from getting inside and spoiling the bait.

Tools needed:

  • Caulk adhesive
  • Patio blocks (one per station)
Apply the caulk adhesive to each patio block. Place one station on each patio block. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before moving the station.

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