Pest-Proof Your Home Against Summertime CrittersNPMA Staff
Friday, April 29, 2011
In the heat of summer, unwanted pests are making their way
into cooler homes, and they are more than just a nuisance. Pests pose risks to people's health
and property, so it is important for homeowners to take steps to
prevent infestations. There are many ways in which homeowners
can "pest-proof" their homes as part of their
summer-maintenance routine. Taking preventive measures early in the
season is the best approach to keeping pests at bay.
"As the warmer weather brings back numerous pests, early summer
is the perfect time for homeowners to thoroughly inspect their
homes as part of seasonal maintenance," says Missy Henriksen,
vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management
Various insects such as ants, flies, termites and cockroaches are frequent
summer home intruders, as are those of the stinging variety
such as mosquitoes,
and yellowjackets. The
NPMA recommends a number of methods to keep household pests
outside, where they belong.
- Seal cracks and small openings in the home's foundation, around
windows and doors.
- Repair ripped window screens.
- Cut tree branches and plants so that they do not reach too
close to the house.
- Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water, including bird
baths and in clogged gutters.
- Inspect the outside of a home for nests built by stinging
insects -- typically found in the eaves under roofs.
- Keep kitchen counters clean, and store food like sugary cereals
in sealed containers.
- Empty garbage containers frequently and seal indoor
- Make sure pets' food and dishes are not left out for long
periods of time.
Clearing away all things that attract critters is one of the
best ways to pest-proof a house because it denies pests the
means of thriving in and around your home.
If you find any signs of an infestation after a thorough
inspection of your home, you should call a pest professional
who can help identify 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