Magazine article Journal of Property Management

4 Tips for Pest Control on Green Roofs

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

4 Tips for Pest Control on Green Roofs

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BUILDINGS, 05/01/15, MORTON

While green roofs are incredible engineering feats that provide insulation and storm-water management, their lush greenery could be putting building owners and managers at risk for an invasion of pests. Whether such rooftops have low grass, flowers, shrubs or food gardens, insects and animals will inevitably be attracted to the foliage. But the following four tips could help ensure that green roofs will thrive without becoming overrun with wildlife.

1 / One, LANDLORDS AND THEIR ON-SITE MANAGEMENT STAFF NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHICH PESTS FREQUENT VEGETATED ROOFS. And because a green roof is designed to be a habitat, one pest problem usually encourages another. For instance, birds may become more attracted to the area because there are better nesting opportunities and a greater amount of insects to eat. In turn, these feathered friends may be carrying mites that will then establish a population on a building's roof.

2 / Two, the article's author advised, "RECOGNIZE THE RISKS TO YOUR BUILDING AND OCCUPANTS." A pest infestation on one's green roof is a three-fold problem that can cause structural issues, spread to other areas of the building and scare off tenants. …

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