This is a critical first step that, when performed correctly and with diligence, can get your ESPS program on track. In this phase, we will assess your home's risk of infestation. We will identify any existing pests and note cracks, crevices and other points of entry into your home. We will uncover potential food sources, the presence of water sources, and look for signs of existing pest activity. From this we will develop a prevention plan that can drastically reduce your home's susceptibility to invasion.
In a chemically oriented approach to pest management, all other steps to discourage and control infestations are ignored in favor of introducing large amounts of pesticides into the environment. In the effective ESPS program, however, pests are first discouraged by creating an environment unsuitable for them. This means removing food and water supply sources (including leaky pipes), compost sites, general yard debris, accessible pet food, garbage and other food sources.
During the inspection process, we will identify specific areas of vulnerability to pest invasions and create a customized plan for controlling and eliminating any problems without introducing unnecessary chemicals. We will maintain a vigilant effort to remove or seal points of entry into your home and keep them sealed. We will help you identify situations such as high moisture areas, overhanging branches or debris piles all of which attract pests or provide pathways to your home. This ongoing service has a major impact on keeping your home from becoming and attractive living site for insects, termites & other pests.
Even after a thorough assessment of conditions, development of a management plan and creation of a pest proofing program, there may be the need to eliminate an existing infestation. Because in ESPS, pesticide product application is just one part of an effective multifaceted program, it can be performed with restraint and focus. This means only use materials necessary to address your specific problem will be used and only in the locations and quantities necessary. And as much as possible, these products will be specially selected for lower toxicity to people, pets, non-target organisms and the environment in general.
Part of ESPS is an ongoing monitoring program to ensure that your home maintains conditions that discourage pests and to identify the presence of pests before they become full-blown infestations.