Green roofs attract more than good feelings and LEED points

June 4, 2018

Green roofs have been a popular trend in healthcare buildings across the country. But not all of the fans are of the two-legged variety, according to an article on the McKnight's Long Term Care News website.
They offer emotional and public relations benefits as well as credits toward Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification. They also offer an attractive home to a variety of pests.
There are a number of ways to keep pests to a minimum:
•  Minimize plant species that attract pests
•  Healthy plants are less likely to attract pests
•  Use cedar mulch instead of organic mulch 
•  Try to avoid ivy overgrowth to minimize food and shelter for pests
Another way to combat pest problems is to implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. IPM strategies emphasize nonchemical techniques, focusing on facility maintenance and sanitation before considering chemical solutions, the article said.
Regular monitoring and maintenance can help prevent pest activity and help detect any pest problems early.
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