Do you love the sound of rain? Well, you are not alone! Although pests may not find the sound of rain relaxing or peaceful, they definitely know they need the water it provides for survival. We all know with spring and summer comes a lot of rain, even some serious rain storms. While these rain events do help new growth of plants, grass and even our business landscape, large amounts of rain can also help with insect population growth. Many insects, such as mosquitoes, pill bugs and even termites, are attracted to moist areas in which they lay their eggs. Your commercial property may be the perfect place for these and many other insects to multiply.

Not only do many pests require moist conditions to survive but they actually thrive in these environments. This means infestations can quickly get out of hand if your facility does not already have an established pest prevention program in place. While many rain events can heighten the threat of pests on your commercial property, there are a few ways to prevent this from occurring. The professionals in pest management at Copesan have a few tips to help deter pest activity after a big rain event.

  • Empty all stagnant water sources such as trash cans, planters, bird baths and any other landscaping features with water.
  • Avoid the use of wood and wood chips in your landscaping. Be sure wood sources on your property are not left out to get soaked in a rain storm.
  • Seal any cracks or holes around the exterior of your business facility.
  • Make sure all gutters and downspouts are working properly so water won’t build up.
  • Keep mulch and other gardening material that retains moisture away from your business. You may choose to keep some of these materials incorporated in your landscape, but we recommend keeping them a good distance from your building.
  • Make sure all windows and doors have proper seals. Also, replace any broken or torn screens in windows and doors if they will be left open.

If you are worried that your business could be prone to an increase of pest infestations, especially due to a large amount of rain in your area, be sure that your business is protected with a commercial pest control program. Copesan offers full service commercial pest management programs for businesses in many different industries. Contact us today to find a Copesan local service provider near you.