Fall Pest-Proofing Helps Keep Pests OutdoorsNPMA Staff
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The National Pest Management Association recommends tips to
prevent pests in the home
FAIRFAX, Va. – With fall upon us, the warmth of homes is
attractive to both people and pests. Mice and rats, cockroaches and spiders may try to find their way
inside to escape the coming chill. According to the National Pest
Management Association (NPMA), once inside, these pests can quickly
become health and property concerns.
Besides being a nuisance and irksome, these pests can also pose
serious risks to families and structures. Rodents spread diseases such as
Salmonella, contaminate food and can damage drywall and electrical
wires throughout a home. Cockroaches trigger allergies and asthma,
especially in children, and some species of spiders may bite if
their hiding spot is discovered.
“Pest-proofing is a year-round task that can help keep these
pests out,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs
for NPMA. “Each season brings new pests trying to seek shelter
indoors and fall is an opportune time. While we turn off the AC and
open windows for fresh air, pests are moving into survival mode and
looking to hunker down someplace warm and near a food source for
The NPMA recommends these pest-proofing tips for the fall
- Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
- Eliminate moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk
and steel wool. Pay close attention where utility pipes enter the
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage
regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement
foundation and windows.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep
shrubbery well trimmed.
- Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens.
- Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags
before bringing them indoors.
If you suspect an infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest
professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem. For
more information on pest-proofing tips and common household pests,
please 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