Why is Pest Proofing Vital?
Pest proofing and environmental management are vital aspects of any successful pest control management program to reduce the likelihood of an infestation or a reinfestation after the initial treatment process.
Problems that can arise due to no pest proofing and poor environmental management:
- Spread of Disease – The majority of pests carry a variety of diseases such as Bird Flu (Avian Influenza), Histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis), hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome, Rat-bite Fever to name a few.
- Damage to Property – With constant gnawing, rats can damage insulation, chew through floor joists, walls, pipes, doors, and floorboards.Rats will also shred nearly anything for their nests, from paper to linen and plastic. Rats will even gnaw through electrical cables which also causes a high risk of electrical problems and system failures and even potential fires occurring due to damaged cables.
- Contaminate foodstuffs – As pathogens are in a rodent’s urine and droppings, these can transmit diseases such as Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis), Salmonellosis and Hantavirus contaminating foodstuffs.
- Reputational Damage – Having a pest problem that is not managed can cause reputational damage as the problem increases as staff and potentially customers will see the pests and may be put off from attending the property, especially if it is a property in the food industry.
- Losses — Infestations may cause product recalls and loss of contracts which can lead to financial loss and the loss of company reputation along with costly repair work to rectify the damage caused by the pests.
- Legal — failure to comply with legislation could lead to business closure or fines from the authorities.
As part of our pest proofing program, we will conduct a full assessment of your property and more specifically the areas that you are having or may potentially have a pest infestation in the future. Each pest-proofing task will require different methods and materials to prevent an infestation dependent on the environment, building structuring and which pests may be likely to infest or have already infested the property.
Pest proofing consists of professionally installing a variety of proofing products such as anti-bird nest spikes, thick wire mesh, rope mesh, pest-proof vents or minor construction to block access to prevent pests from invading the building or external areas and fixtures such as air conditioning unit areas, rooftops, ledges, refuse storage areas and holes in the building structures that may allow pests access to the building.
Pest proofing can be implemented pre-emptively, to prevent or reduce the likelihood of an infestation.
If there is an existing infestation, the pest-proofing should commence after the initial pest control treatment, as disturbing the environment can cause the pests to relocate to a different part of the property, meaning that it will be much more difficult to control and eliminate the infestation. Once the pest infestation has been controlled, we will then implement pest-proofing measures and environmental management to reduce the likelihood of a re-infestation.
Environmental Management is the most vital aspect to any pest control and prevention program. Pests are attracted to certain environments where it is easy for them to find safe shelter, nesting spaces and access to food and water sources.
Areas that are cluttered with storage, materials (especially waste, cardboard, hay and foodstuffs) and waste will attract rodents as it provides them with warmth, shelter, safety from predators and for nesting and food and water.
Not maintaining good environmental management will attract infestations and cause re-infestations which will make a pest problem very difficult to control and maintain.
Once we have eliminated the initial infestation with our initial treatment process, we will also provide advice on managing your environment adequately to reduce the likelihood of reinfestation.
In addition to advising how to manage your environment adequately, we can also take this task off your hands and complete this for you.
On our routine follow up pest control progress inspections, we will also assess the environmental management aspect and relay our findings to you to keep you updated on the progress and success of our pest control program, along with any advice or additional requirements or amendments to the program plan to ensure an effective service on reducing your pests problems.