Creepy, Crawly Pests Can be a Nightmare for Homeowners NPMA Staff
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The National Pest Management Association recommends tips to
keep your home from turning into a haunted house this
It’s no wonder that haunted houses are decorated with fake rats,
rubber bats, plastic spiders and stringy spider webs. After all,
having these pests in your home can be a true nightmare – and
unlike the spooky decorations, real pests can hang around long
after Halloween is over. In order to keep your home from turning
into a haunted house, the National Pest Management Association
recommends that homeowners take steps to pest-proof this
“In the fall, we often hear from homeowners who are dealing with
pests like spiders,
bats and rodents,
so it’s no coincidence they are associated with Halloween,”
explains Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the
NPMA. “Halloween is a fun celebration of all things creepy, crawly,
but the holiday also serves as a reminder that the real-life
versions of these pests can cause serious issues
inside our homes.”
Spiders, while beneficial in controlling other bug populations
in the home, can sometimes bite humans. Brown recluse spiders, for
example, inject poisonous venom with their bites. These spiders are
commonly found in woodpiles, basements and closets.
Bats tend to enter our homes through chimneys or vents, and may
hide out in attics or other dark, secluded areas of a home.
Infected bats can spread rabies, and their droppings can spread
organisms that cause the lung disease, histoplasmosis.
Rodents like mice and rats can spread hantavirus and contaminate
food. They can also gnaw on electrical wires, which can spark
The NPMA offers these tips for preventing a pest infestation
this Halloween season:
- Seal cracks around the home's exterior, especially where pipes
and wiring enter homes.
- Do not leave food lying around, as it attracts pests.
- Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five
inches off the ground.
- If you see signs of an infestation in your home, contact a licensed
For more information or to find a 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