FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April is National Pest Management Month, an annual observance recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events, which recognizes the pest control industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, property and food from the diseases and dangers posed by pests.
“We’ve been celebrating this special designation for more than 40 years to recognize an industry that does so much more than eliminate a pest problem. The dedicated women and men who work in professional pest control play a vital role in protecting not only our homes and families, but also our nation’s food supply and works to safeguard public health,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Collectively, these efforts directly improve the quality of life we enjoy here in the U.S.”
The most effective pest control is done in partnership between homeowners and pest control companies. To help drive awareness about what Americans can do to help protect against common household pests, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is partnering with renowned home improvement expert, Bob Vila, to educate homeowners on warning signs, how to keep pests out by making homes less hospitable, and the importance of working with a licensed pest control professional.
As spring home improvement projects get underway, the NPMA and Vila recommend these pest-proofing tips to keep bugs and rodents out:
Survey & Seal
Conduct an audit of the home’s perimeter, taking note of any cracks, winter damage or termite mud tubes. Use silicone-based caulk to seal outside cracks, including entry points for utilities and pipes. Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
Empty & Eliminate
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so be sure to clean any clogged gutters of debris and empty sources of standing water around the house, including flowerpots, pool covers, birdbaths and other objects that collect water. Maintain the humidity level inside the home at about 50 percent by properly ventilating basements and crawl spaces to eliminate moisture buildup.
Remove & Regroup
Remove rotted tree stumps, and keep mulch at least 15 feet away from the home’s foundation. Trim bushes and branches away from the home. If an infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest control professional to properly identify the problem and determine the best treatment method.
For more information, visit PestWorld.org.
About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.