Spring Cleaning can Contribute to a Pest-Free HomeNPMA Staff
Monday, March 21, 2011
By NPMA Staff
Weekends throughout April will find homeowners undertaking the
tradition of "spring cleaning." Windows will be opened, fresh
sheets will replace wool blankets and patio furniture will return
to its rightful place outdoors. Although the focus of spring
cleaning is typically indoors, the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners to also partake in spring
cleaning activities outdoors so as to prevent pest infestations
through the spring and summer months.
"Spring is the season when homeowners begin to notice pests
again because the warmer temperatures encourage greater activity,"
says Jim Fredericks, technical services director for NPMA. "The
first step to minimizing potential pest problems is simply
prevention. If homeowners focus upon eliminating sources of food,
water and harborage for pests within their home, they will be
taking the first step in avoiding infestations and the subsequent
health and property risks associated with pests and rodents."
As NPMA research shows that spring and summer are when pest
problems are of most concern to homeowners, the following
pest-proofing tips are offered to assist homeowners in preventing
- Seal up cracks and small openings along the foundation of the
- Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
- Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the
- Keep kitchens clean by wiping counters and emptying the garbage
- Keep all food containers sealed.
- Avoid leaving pet's food dishes out for long periods of
- Keep trash containers clean and sealed, both indoors and
- Screen windows and doors.
"Early spring provides a terrific opportunity for homeowners to
thoroughly inspect their homes as part of spring cleaning
practices" advises Fredericks. "If homeowners spot any sign of
infestation, contact a licensed pest professional who can help to
identify problems as well as prescribe the proper course of