Say it Ain’t Snow: Harsh Winter Weather Yet to ComeNPMA Staff
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Old Man Winter is apparently here, but much of the country that
usually sees a snowfall or two by now, has been enjoying one of the
mildest winters in years. However,
meteorologists are predicting that storms and precipitation are
still in the forecast for later in the season. Besides the dangers
posed to roads and airports, the winter weather trifecta of ice,
snow and wind also poses a threat to homes. These elements can
cause new cracks and openings in foundations and roofs, leaving the
house vulnerable to spring rains and unexpected pests.
"Unfortunately, the damage caused by winter storms may not be
evident until after pests have already invaded your home," said
Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National
Pest Management Association (NPMA). "Ice dams, which form on roofs
and prevent snow from melting, can be especially problematic as the
moisture back up can damage walls, ceilings, insulation and
drywall, thus attracting pests such as termites and carpenter ants."
NPMA recommends the following tips for homeowners to ensure
their homes are and remain pest-free:
- Look for missing roof shingles, ripped window screens and
clogged gutters, all of which are entry points for pests.
- Seal cracks and holes including entry points for
utilities and pipes.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around
basement foundations and windows.
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated
- Vacuum around doors and windows. Frequent vacuuming can catch
invaders like spiders, silverfish, earwigs and beetles.
- Inspect garages and outbuildings for rodents or signs of a
rodent infestation. organzie cluttered debris, boxes and random
items along the walls where mice may hide or nest.
- If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest
For more information about pest maintenance, tips on identifying an
infestation and to locate a qualified and licensed 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