SEASONAL PEST CONTROL: PREPARATION IS BETTER THAN CURE – By Tracy Williams

Cape Town, September 2020: While mornings are still quite frosty September is the start of springtime, which means that, very soon, we will see the return of a pests and especially those seasonal such as flies. With lockdown restrictions eased and the return of regular third-party hygiene and sanitation audits, now is a crucial time to address periodic cleaning tasks that may have been neglected during the restrictions.

With nearly three decades of experience in hygiene, sanitation, and pest control, Ecowize is urging organisations of all sizes to consider a pre-emptive approach to keep costly infestation at bay. Adopting a proactive preventative pest control programme should be top of mind to pre-emptively mitigate the risks associated with an infestation and provide the financial and productive edge your business requires.

Recognising infestations at an early stage can avoid unfavourable circumstances, such as damage to product and property, unsafe health and sanitation, and overall appearance. Delaying the process and undermining the magnitude of the problem can pose threats and take more time to fix at a later stage.

Some of the common seasonal pests that can be expected during warmer times of the year are flies and birds. Geographical location is another consideration and with the help of a professional, a strategy aligned to your location is vital.

Undergoing a thorough risk assessment is one of the key factors when dealing with pest control. These four steps will be the starting point for your pest-control efforts:

  • Mitigate risks with a proactive approach: Prevention is better than cure and managing pests should not be a once-off activity. Instead, proper pest control should be instilled into a business’s everyday routine. While proactive efforts predominantly take place for the interiors of buildings, this should be duplicated externally as most of the fight against pests develop on the outside.
  • Consider a holistic approach and the assistance of a pest professional: A pest-management professional is able to share the best advice possible to mitigate challenges, however, will need to fully understand the problem first. Building a close relationship with the pest professional will ensure you keep up an excellent audit standard. By conducting once-off cleaning services, you will both minimise the extent of a pest problem and ensure your business is audit-ready.
  • Schedule an inspection with a professional: Inspect the inside and outside of your property on a weekly or monthly basis to identify emerging outbreaks and conditions that encourage infestations. Something as small as an open door during the warmer seasons can invite some unwanted visitors. Other potential hotspots for outbreaks can include an exterior landscape feature, water ponds, gutters, small holes, or gaps in vents.
  • Avoid the one-size-fits-all mindset: Partnering with a pest control professional such as Ecowize will help increase efficiency and decrease long-term costs. A trained professional will inspect and evaluate your building for ways that pests could enter and advise on the appropriate approach to tackle the problem instead of offering a cookie-cutter service that may not address your specific needs.

Understanding the various available techniques to combat pests is key and, with the help of a professional such as Ecowize, current and potential pest problems can be dealt with swiftly. Ecowize’s tried-and-tested low-impact pest control programme will use limited pesticide applications, exclusion techniques, trapping and insect-specific baits.

On an initial visit with Ecowize, you can expect:

  1. A basic consultation of the problem by a trained pest-control expert before any work is performed;
  2. A step-by-step discussion outlining what the pest-control expert plans to do, how they will do it and what will be used. Additionally, the expert can answer any questions you may have; and
  3. An explanation of the preparation required for the services that will need to be done.

 

For more information on Ecowize’s pest management offering, please visit: https://www.ecowize.co.za/contact-us/.

 

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