Fall Season Sends Rodents, Other Small Pests IndoorsNPMA Staff
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The NPMA recommends pest control tips to prevent a rodent
As the leaves change colors and the crisper weather arrives,
many small pests will begin to look for shelter indoors – and homes
are the perfect refuge from the cold winter ahead. The National
Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners of the
importance that pest-proofing can play in keeping pests such as rodents, spiders and cockroaches
from becoming unwelcome houseguests during the winter months.
“Unfortunately, these pests don’t need much space to get inside
our homes, and once indoors they can cause more than just an
unpleasant infestation,” said Missy Henriksen. “The real concern is
that rodents and other smaller pests can pose serious health
threats by contaminating food and transmitting bacteria.”
Mice and rats can spread diseases like Salmonella and
Hantavirus, while cockroaches are known to trigger asthma attacks
and spiders can bite, which can lead to severe reactions. Rodents
also put homes at risk for electrical fires by gnawing on
“We know that pest-proofing is an easy chore to put aside, but
it’s important for homeowners to spend some time over the next few
weeks taking steps to protect their properties from dangerous
pests,” Henriksen added.
The NPMA offers the following pest-proofing tips:
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using
caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention where utility pipes enter
- Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens.
- Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
- 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.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes
and clogged drains.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the
house; keep shrubbery well trimmed.
- Inspect items such as boxes full of decorations and grocery
bags before bringing them indoors.
If you suspect an infestation in your home, contact
a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat
the problem. For more information, 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