The National Pest Management Association shares pest prevention tips for homeowners just in time for spring
FAIRFAX, VA (April 1, 2016) – This April, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is recognizing the efforts of the pest management industry during National Pest Management Month by sharing pest prevention tips just in time for spring. National Pest Management Month is an annual designation recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events that promotes the importance of proper and effective professional pest control in today’s society.
Public health officials attribute today’s quality of life to three things: better pharmaceuticals and vaccines, better sanitation, and better pest control, with pest control being an essential component in the protection of public health, food and property.
“Pests carry and transmit many dangerous diseases, yet it’s hard for those of us who live in the U.S. to understand a world where better pest control does not exist,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at NPMA. “The industry has made significant advancements over the years to help reduce pest threats and provide more targeted and innovative solutions to customers, encouraging the practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to help eliminate sources of food, water and shelter to help keep pests out.”
According to Mannes, homeowners also play a proactive role in helping to protect their families from pests, and April is the perfect time to pest-proof homes as spring marks an influx in pest activity.
To protect against ants, mice, termites, mosquitoes and more, the NPMA recommends the following tips:
- Inspect the outside of the home for easy access points, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter. Seal small cracks and crevices with caulk and use steel wool to fill larger holes.
- Keep grass cut low and trim tree branches, shrubbery and other vegetation so it is away from the house.
- Clean out leaves and other debris from gutters to prevent stagnant water, which can provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes
- Dispose of garbage regularly in a sealed trash bin.
- Wipe down counters and sweep floors to remove crumbs and residue from spills in the kitchen and bathroom.
For more information, visit www.PestWorld.org.