Exterior pest control: how landscaping can repel pests; Remove pests from your outdoor environment--not the elements that add beauty to your facility*.Lush gardens, flowing fountains, and verdant ver·dant
1. Green with vegetation; covered with green growth.
3. Lacking experience or sophistication; naive. trees and shrubbery make long-term care facilities long-term care facility
See skilled nursing facility. more appealing to residents and guests. Unfortunately, these elements also make them more appealing to pests.
Pests can thrive in landscaping elements, which often provide safe harbor Safe Harbor
1. A legal provision to reduce or eliminate liability as long as good faith is demonstrated.
2. A form of shark repellent implemented by a target company acquiring a business that is so poorly regulated that the target itself is less attractive. and moisture. And the more pests you have around your facility, the more likely they'll find their way indoors, where they can threaten residents' health and safety. Ridding a sensitive long-term care long-term care (LTC),
n the provision of medical, social, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders. environment of pests is much harder than preventing an infestation infestation /in·fes·ta·tion/ (-fes-ta´shun) parasitic attack or subsistence on the skin and/or its appendages, as by insects, mites, or ticks; sometimes used to denote parasitic invasion of the organs and tissues, as by helminths. in the first place, so take steps now to stop pests from making their homes around your facility. One of the best ways to do this is to address the elements that attract pests, starting with exterior landscaping elements that may be creating unnecessary pest pressure.
Spring is the perfect time to reevaluate your landscaping plan, as you review this year's landscape design and get ready for summer--and the pests that come with it. Take a walking tour of the grounds with your landscaper and a pest-management professional, who will be able to identify any existing problems, point out vulnerable areas, and help you and your landscaper choose landscaping options that will deter pests.
As you review your landscaping design, keep the following in mind:
Don't let vegetation touch the building. Many pests, including ants, cockroaches cockroaches
insects which may carry Salmonella spp. in their gut and play a part in the spread of the disease. , earwigs, and crickets, gain access to your building by way of vegetation that touches the exterior. To prevent this, all vegetation should be pruned back two to three feet from the facade. Also consider installing a 36-inch-wide gravel strip around the perimeter of your facility to discourage pests from coming too close. This gravel strip can act as a deterrent to rodents, which have an aversion to being out in the open, and small, crawling insects, for which the gravel can pose a rocky obstacle.
Choose mulch mulch, any material, usually organic, that is spread on the ground to protect the soil and the roots of plants from the effects of soil crusting, erosion, or freezing; it is also used to retard the growth of weeds. carefully. Mulch helps plants and flowers grow, but it also provides shelter and sustenance for many pests. While your landscaper might recommend organic mulch for your garden, your pest-management professional will most likely recommend another variety. Pencil cedar Noun 1. pencil cedar - any of several junipers with wood suitable for making pencils
pencil cedar tree
pencil cedar - wood of a pencil cedar tree; used for making pencils
genus Juniperus, Juniperus - junipers mulch is an alternative to popular organic mulch, which attracts rats because it provides significantly more moisture than other varieties. Cedar mulch holds much less moisture and also has been proven to repel Argentine ants. Regardless of the mulch you choose, the bed should be no more than two inches deep.
Beware of water features. Mosquitoes can breed in any amount of standing water, which means birdbaths, fountains, ornamental ponds, and even swimming pools can be potential breeding sites. To prevent breeding, it's important to change water in birdbaths, reflecting pools, and other features with standing water at least once a week. Running water thwarts mosquitoes from depositing eggs on the water's surface, so make sure that water in your swimming pool is circulated regularly and fountains run properly. Decorative ponds also can be stocked with Adj. 1. stocked with - furnished with more than enough; "rivers well stocked with fish"; "a well-stocked store"
furnished, equipped - provided with whatever is necessary for a purpose (as furniture or equipment or authority); "a furnished apartment"; mosquito-eating fish, which can eat between 100 and 500 mosquito larvae Larvae, in Roman religion
Larvae: see lemures. per day.
Place decorative statues or stones away from the building. Stones and statues trap moisture and offer cool, damp hideaways for many pests. Some ant species--such as pavement ants--even build their colonies under these objects. Ask your landscaper to place decorative stones away from the building. If these stones abut To reach; to touch. To touch at the end; be contiguous; join at a border or boundary; terminate on; end at; border on; reach or touch with an end. The term abutting implies a closer proximity than the term adjacent. your building, ants that dwell underneath may emerge and make their way indoors, leading to infestations and threatening your residents.
Modifying your landscaping is a simple yet often overlooked way to prevent pests from entering your facility. Landscaping modification does not mean removal, but rather the careful selection, placement, and upkeep of landscaping elements. By working with your landscaper and pest-management professional as a team, you can devise a blueprint that beautifies your environment without fostering pests.
Frank Meek, BCE BCE
1. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
2. Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Abbreviation for before the Common Era. , is Technical Director for Orkin, Inc. As a board-certified entomologist and a 19-year industry veteran, he is an acknowledged leader in the field of pest management. For more information, call (800) 675-4699 or visit www.orkin.com/commercial to schedule a free inspection. To send your comments to the author and editors, e-mail email@example.com.
BY FRANK MEEK, BCE
*This is the latest in a series of seasonal pest-management articles offered by Orkin Commercial Services in Nursing Homes/Long Term Care Management.