Spooky Pests Give Homeowners a Scare This FallNPMA Staff
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
When October rolls around, everyone enjoys a good scare when
trick or treating or celebrating at a Halloween party. When that
scare comes from an unexpected sighting of spooky pests like bats,
spiders, and mice, the fright is a lot less fun! The National Pest
Management Association (NPMA) offers a guide to some of the more
popular creepy pests.
"We all love decorating with plastic and faux spiders, mice and bats during
this time of year," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for NPMA. "What we don't love is finding these living,
breathing pests in unexpected places around our homes."
Bats: Bat sightings often
elicit screams from unsuspecting homeowners who find them in
structures like garages and attics. Even worse, their droppings
pose a health concern as they contain fungi that can cause lung
infections. If homeowners encounter a bat, they should contact a
licensed pest professional to remove the bat in order to comply
with the laws that most states have in place to protect them.
Spiders: While most spiders are
simply an annoyance, there are some that pose a real risk to
humans. The brown recluse
and the black
widow tend to bite when threatened, and those bites can be
painful, cause allergic reactions, and be fatal to small
children. To avoid a spider scare, store clothing and shoes
inside plastic containers and shake out all clothing before wearing
Mice: A common
pest, mice may be spotted frequently but that doesn't make them any
less creepy or dangerous. Mice pose a variety of health risks like
allergies in children, and often serve as carriers for other pests
like fleas and ticks. To prevent mice from entering the home, seal
all holes larger than a pencil point and any cracks and voids.
If you suspect a pest infestation, contact a licensed pest
professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.
For more information or to find a 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