National Pest Management Month Celebrates Pest Professionals for Protecting Public Health and PropertyNPMA Staff
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
NPMA and Bob Vila encourage homeowners to prepare homes against
FAIRFAX, Va. – April is National Pest Management Month, a public
observance celebrated for more than 30 years by the National Pest
Management Association (NPMA) and recognized by Chase’s Calendar of
Eventsas well as state governments. The designation brings
attention to the professional pest management industry for its role
in protecting public health and property from significant pest
“Each day, and often behind the scenes, pest professionals are
working to prevent or treat residential infestations, ensuring
schools, hospitals, food processing facilities and other commercial
structures are free of pests and therefore, free of disease,” said
Missy Henriksen, NPMA’s vice-president of public affairs. “During
National Pest Management Month, we shine the light on the
importance of professional pest management in consumers’ everyday
Pest infestations can trigger asthma and indoor allergies,
especially in children and the elderly; contaminate food sources
and food preparation areas; spread a number of dangerous viruses
and bacteria; and damage homes.
In light of the National Pest Management Month designation, NPMA
has partnered with renowned home improvement expert, Bob Vila on a
media tour to remind homeowners about ways they can prepare their
homes against spring and summer pest invasions.
To assist homeowners with pest-proofing, Bob Vila and NPMA offer
the following top tips:
- Seal any cracks on the outside of the home with a
silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the
foundation and windows.
- Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including
birdbaths and in clogged gutters.
- Ensure basements, attics, and crawl spaces are well ventilated
- Clean out gutters and install gutter guards.
- In case of an infestation, work with a licensed pest
professional to determine the best treatment method.
The 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 property. For more
information, visit PestWorld.org.