Historical buildings and sites have their own set of unique challenges when it comes to pest control. Seattle, Washington has a handful of historical buildings that add to the city’s history and character, some of which include the Pioneer Building, Smith Tower, King Street Station, and even Pike Place Market. Each of these iconic buildings deals with numerous vulnerable areas when it comes to pests in the area.
Unique challenges that come with pests targeting historical buildings involve the old structure and the age of the construction. Older buildings may have old wooden frames and structures that can be more susceptible to pest infestations like termites and wood-boring beetles. These older buildings are also more susceptible to gaps and cracks throughout walls, foundations, and ceilings, bringing in entry points for rodents and insects. It does not take large cracks for pests to enter. It is important to know that rats can enter areas larger than the radius of a quarter and mice can enter areas larger than a dime. Historical buildings have many gaps that are larger than these sizes, making them vulnerable to pest entryways.
Many older buildings also need help with moisture retention. This creates areas with mold and mildew which often attract bugs such as cockroaches, flies, ants, and silverfish. Buildings need to maintain faucets and other sources that may leak water. Historical buildings oftentimes have hard-to-reach areas as well. This can make it difficult to identify and eliminate any pest infestations. When dealing with older buildings, pest control measures must be chosen carefully to prevent any damage that could come with servicing the area.
Working with a professional pest control company may be the best solution to address these challenges. When hiring professionals, you can ensure that historical buildings will be treated with the extra care and thoroughness that is needed. By hiring a professional pest control company buildings can maintain regular pest maintenance and manage pest infestations.
Professional pest control can help keep old historical buildings intact and help preserve the history and character of older cities around the United States, like Seattle. As a Washington citizen, you can do your part by discarding trash in proper areas. By reducing litter and disposing of waste properly, the number of pests will decrease as there will be fewer food scraps in the area.
For historical buildings, it is important to keep the outdoor area up to date. By keeping the landscaping of the building well-manicured, pests are less likely to find shelters and places where they can build nests and resting areas. By keeping trees and shrubs trimmed, and by cleaning up decaying organic materials such as leaves, pests have limited access to climbing tree limbs to enter windows and gutters, and also have less materials to build proper habitats.
If you are looking for pest control experts to help take care of historical buildings, call us today at (888) 414-1430. We are always happy to assist with any pest control needs, advice, or questions.