Another Reason to Be Spooked This Halloween: PestsNPMA Staff
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
By NPMA Staff
"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky,
they're all together ooky." They're...spiders, bats and bed
During Halloween, forget the typical haunted house! For most
homeowners, just the thought of a spider building a web in the
kitchen, a bat flying around in the attic, or bed bugs nesting
between the sheets is all they need to deem their home a "haunted"
one. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds
homeowners that autumn is a prime season for pest infestations as
insects and rodents seek shelter from cooler weather.
"Halloween is a celebration of all things spooky and scary, but
the holiday also serves as an important reminder for homeowners to
take preventative measures to keep pests from taking up residence
in their homes," says Jim Fredericks, technical services director
for NPMA. "Although plastic spiders and faux cobwebs are meant to
be frightening, it is real life critters that can cause nightmares
when they invade your home."
NPMA offers these tips to homeowners for preventing a pest
infestation during the Halloween season:
• Seal cracks and holes in and around the home's
exterior to block entryways for pests.
• Repair broken or poorly fitted window
screens and loose/missing shingles; insure that locations where
pipes and wiring enter homes are properly sealed.
• Do not leave unsealed food lying around, as
it attracts insects and rodents.
• Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from
the house and five inches off the ground.
Check wood for insects - especially spiders - before bringing it
• If you see signs of a pest infestation in
your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect,
identify and control the problem.