Parks and Recreation Pest Control
Parks and other outdoor recreation areas are areas where family and friends can get together and enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, as parts of the “great outdoors,” these public areas are especially susceptible to pests of all kinds. Rodents, bugs, and other animal pests can plague parks, community gardens, and other public or private outdoor spaces. To make matters more difficult, common products used to treat pests aren’t always a great fit in these outdoor areas. Pesticides containing harmful chemicals can deteriorate foliage in parks and pose health risks to their patrons, many of whom are young children. On this page, our pest control experts here at EcoClear Products discuss responsible pest control and prevention for parks and other outdoor areas. We provide prevention tips, control recommendations, and resources on our very own line of eco-friendly, highly-effective pest control products. Read on to learn more, and keep your park safe with our pest control solutions!
Common Pests in Public Parks
As outdoor spaces, parks deal with a wide range of pest species — each with their own unique human health risks and propensities to cause to property damage. Rodents such as rats and mice can eat vegetation and garbage, and carry and directly transmit a number of diseases, including Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Leptospirosis, Plague, and Salmonellosis — as well as a host of other diseases transmitted directly and indirectly by bugs such as ticks and fleas. Rodents such as moles and voles can tunnel in the soil in and around park lawns, doing major environmental damage to park grounds. (Voles will also feed on the bulbs and stalks of plants.)
Bug pests can also be major problems in parks. Lawn pests such as grubs, gnats, aphids, and nematodes can eat away at turf at leave parks looking unsightly. Other insect pests such as flies, cockroaches, ticks, fleas, spiders, scorpions, and ants can make life for park visitors quite uncomfortable. (Many of these bugs also carry and transmit diseases and poisons.) Learn more about what draws bugs and rodents to public parks.
Reasons for Pests in Public Parks + Prevention Tips
Here are a number of reasons for pests in public parks. Perhaps the simplest reason is the parks are outdoor spaces and have no structural means of keeping pests out. Beyond that, the presence of natural and human-created food sources can also draw pests large and small to these outdoor spaces. Picnic foods, waste left trash cans, and litter left on park grounds can all attract pests. Sometimes, humans themselves bring pest to parks. People and their pets can often be unwitting hosts for hitchhiking pests such as ticks, fleas, bed bugs, and mites. These pests can linger in public parks and latch onto other visitors.
Pest prevention in parks starts with cleanliness. While the idea of “cleaning” an outdoor space may seem somewhat strange, the fact is that uncleanliness is the cause of many pest infestations in these spaces. Litter is a huge pest attractant and should always be cleaned. Likewise, trash cans and other receptacles should always be covered. Public bathrooms should always be closed and cleaned. Dog droppings should be picked up and disposed of immediately. Standing water, the perfect habitat for mosquitoes and many other harmful pests, should be addressed as quickly as possible.
The Difficulties of City Park Pest Control
Though taking preventative steps can greatly reduce the presence of pests in a public park, the simple fact remains that pests are not totally preventable in these easily-accessible, highly-trafficked outdoor spaces. In the event of a pest infestation, control measures need to be taken. However, there are certain inherent difficulties that come with outdoor park pest control. For one, outdoor environments are harder to bait and spray simply because weather patterns can quickly degrade applied products. Worse still, many of these products contain chemicals that are hazardous to people, pets, and the environment at large. When treating for pests in a public outdoor environments such as parks, eco-friendly, non-toxic pesticides are essential. At EcoClear Products, we have the perfect solution.
Eco-Friendly Outdoor Pest Control From EcoClear Products
No matter what type of pests you’re dealing with in your park, our team here at EcoClear Products has solutions you can count on for safe and highly-effective control. Each and every product in our expansive pest control line is formulated with naturally-derived ingredients, 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, and safe to use around people, pets, and non-pest wildlife.
For rodent pests, we have a number of weather-resistant, easy-to-use rodenticides and deterrents that can be safely placed in parks. For mouse infestations, we we recommend our MouseX® rodenticide — available to buy in both pellets and MouseX® Ready Trays. For rats, we recommend our RatX® and RatRid® products. RatRid® is available is pellets that can be used both indoors and outdoors. RatX® is available in pellets, RatX® Ready Trays and weather-resistant RatX® Bait Discs. Our RatX® Rat and Mouse Attractant spray can be used to increase the odor and attractive potency of MouseX®, RatX®, and RatRid® rodenticides. For moles and voles in park lawns, flower beds, and community gardens, we recommend our newly-developedMoleX™ and VoleX™ control products.
For bug infestations in parks, we have a number of products in our Stop Bugging Me!™ product line that can be used for effective control and lasting prevention. Our Stop Bugging Me!™ Lawn and Garden Outdoor Pest Control liquid agent is designed to exterminate and deter a wide range of outdoor bugs, including ants, aphids, mites, ticks, grubs, Japanese beetles, mosquitoes, and more. Its special formulation enables it to exterminate existing outdoor pests and deter new pests for up to 45 days. Non-toxic and 100% biodegradable, it’s safe to use in even the most populated parks.
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