April is National Pest Management MonthNPMA Staff
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management
Month, an observance that has been taking place for more than 30
years. In honor of National Pest Management Month this year, the
NPMA is raising public awareness about the risks posed by household
pests and encouraging homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent
pest infestations in their homes and properties.
"When most people think of pests, they likely think of the
'ick-factor' associated with an infestation, but few people
consider the serious health and property threats that pests like termites, mosquitoes,
cockroaches, rodents and stinging insects can
pose," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for
Some pests, including termites, rodents and ants can cause
costly damage to the structure of a home. Termites and carpenter
ants have the ability to chew through wood beams, walls, floors and
even wallpaper. Rodents can spark house fires if they gnaw through
electrical wiring or build nests close to heat sources.
Other pests, like cockroaches, mosquitoes and stinging insects
pose health threats to humans. Cockroach allergens are known to
trigger asthmas attacks, especially in children. Mosquitoes,
meanwhile, can carry West Nile virus and stinging insects send more
than half a million people to the emergency room every year.
"During National Pest Management Month, the NPMA encourages
homeowners to learn more about pest management and to take steps to
prevent infestations before they occur," says Henriksen. "Pest
pressure increases significantly in spring and summer, which is why
simple measures like sealing cracks and crevices around the home,
keeping kitchen counters and floors clean and free of crumbs,
sealing garbage cans and eliminating sources of still-standing
water on your property now can go a long way in preventing pests
from making a home in yours."
For more information about National Pest Management Month or
information about pests and finding a local pest
professional, visit www.Pestworld.org.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and