Ghoulish Pests Can Be A Nightmare For HomeownersNPMA Staff
Monday, October 26, 2009
By NPMA Staff
Ghosts, goblins and ghouls aren't the only scary creatures to
steer clear of on Halloween. People should avoid contact with
creepy critters and pests such as bats, rodents and bed bugs
because of the real health threats they can pose to humans. The
National Pest Management Association provides tips for homeowners
to prevent these spooky pests from interrupting holiday
"A variety of pests share similarities with some of Halloween's
most famous characters," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of
public affairs for NPMA. "For example, bed bugs, like vampires,
feed off of human blood."
Bed bugs are nocturnal pests that typically feed on sleeping
homeowners by injecting an anesthetic-like liquid to numb the skin
prior to making their mark. Although these bites cannot transmit
disease, they can leave people with red, itchy welts.
Bats and rodents can also pose real threats to the health of a
homeowner and his or her family. The accumulation of their feces
can spread bacteria and viruses. Once this accumulated mass becomes
dry, it can be hazardous to those who breathe it in.
While these pests can provide their fair share of scares, NPMA
recommends tips for homeowners to limit their trick-or-treaters to
neighborhood children, and not the local pests, on Halloween:
- Keep an eye out for tiny blood spots left behind by bed bugs.
They can be found throughout the house, and are not just limited to
- To keep rodents out ensure that all holes larger than a pencil
are sealed and inspect the perimeter of your house for possible
- Put screens over laundry or attic vents to prevent rodents and
bats from entering the home.
- An active infestation should not be controlled with
do-it-yourself measures; contact a licensed pest professional.