A Chill Is In The Air: Are Pests In Your Home?NPMA Staff
Friday, October 23, 2009
By NPMA Staff
With falling temperatures and changing leaves, unwelcome friends
may soon find their way into homes as pests seek refuge from the
changing seasons. Pests, like people, crave warm places, especially
those that provide food, water and shelter. Homes often provide
exactly this. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
offers solutions for homeowners on how to keep unwanted pests out
of their homes during fall.
"Homeowners can protect their property and families' health in
the fall through yard maintenance," says Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA. "This is an inexpensive and
simple way to deter pests, such as termites, carpenter ants,
spiders, flies and rodents, from entering one's home and posing
serious risks to the health and property of one's home and
As a majority of these pests are nocturnal insects, longer fall
nights affords them increased opportunities to access homes.
Homeowners can minimize the number of accessible routes these
persistent insects have into their home by collecting fallen
leaves, cleaning out gutters, keeping shrubs neat, cutting branches
back from the roof, and removing leaves and grass clippings from
around the foundation of the home. These fall clean up measures
will prevent leaves and grass from building up around homes and
providing typical access points for pests.
According to Henriksen, as the crisp fall air sets in, air
conditioners are turned off and windows are opened; during the
evening hours homeowners begin lighting their fireplaces again,
providing even more ways for insects to enter into the home.
Homeowners should stack firewood away from the house to prevent
rodents, spiders and centipedes from harboring near the home. NPMA
also suggests making sure there are screens on all windows, doors
and chimneys to protect against flies and rodents from entering
into the home.