Homeowners Sound Off On The Top Five Pests of SummerNPMA Staff
Thursday, June 17, 2010
By NPMA Staff
In a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA), a nationally representative sample of American
homeowners sounded off about the pests that concern them most and
pose the biggest threat to their health and safety during the
summer. Mosquitoes came in on top followed by ants, ticks, wasps
and hornets, while spiders round out the top five. The poll
conducted in early June 2006, had a margin error of plus or minus
Not only are these pests persistent and annoying, they can also
cause health and safety concerns. "Mosquitoes can transmit West
Nile Virus and Malaria among other diseases, ticks can spread Lyme
disease, and ants, spiders, wasps and hornets can produce painful
bite/sting marks and pose a larger threat to those who have an
allergic reaction," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for NPMA. "If a person is experiencing an allergic reaction
or signs of illness from an insect bite or sting, they should seek
immediate medical attention."
NPMA offers these five helpful tips to avoid the top five summer
- Clean out all parts of your kitchen where food products are
stored to ensure that there are no crumbs or spills. Keep foods
like cereal, crackers and cookies in sealed containers. This
eliminates the food supply that attracts ants, mice, and
- Dust and vacuum regularly to prevent cobwebs and the spiders
that weave them.
- Many pests invade from the outside by way of vegetation that
runs along side your home. Make sure all tree branches, shrubs, and
plants are trimmed back and that an ample barrier exists between
your shrubbery and your home. Check for and seal off any holes on
the outside of your home that might have been caused by winter
damage. This will eliminate entry points for small pests such as
mice, spiders, termites and ants.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water around the home. Still,
stagnant water attracts mosquitoes that can transmit harmful
viruses. Also be sure to regularly check gutters, windows, grilles,
porch lights, etc. for wasp and hornets nests. These stinging
insects build nests in and around most solid surfaces outside the
- Check yourself and your pets for ticks regularly before coming
indoors, especially if you've been in high grass or wooded areas.
If a tick has latched on, be sure to completely remove it from the
bite mark, especially it's head. This can be done using a hot
matchstick or vegetable oil.
- If your pest problem persists, contact a local pest
professional to safely eliminate or remove the problem.