Wet Winter Weather Will Have an Impact on Pests This SeasonNPMA Staff
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
As one of the stormiest winters in
history ends, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
reminds homeowners that increased moisture from excessive rain and
melting snow can create havens for pests in and around homes. These
wet conditions encourage pest reproduction and growth.
Nearly 900 cities across the U.S. saw record snowfall and
precipitation, while some states experienced the snowiest winter in
decades, according to the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
"As many areas of the country emerge from a snowy and wet
winter, homeowners should expect to see an increase in pest
pressure this spring and summer," said Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for the NPMA. "Common pests including
rodents, ants and cockroaches flourish in these
"Homeowners should deal with a pest problem immediately as
household pests can pose health risks to homeowners
and their families such as allergic reactions, E.coli and
salmonella contaminations, increased asthma symptoms and other
health problems," advised Henriksen.
Typically, infestations occur when pests enter the house through
small access areas on the home's exterior. Homeowners should
perform seasonal home checks using the following tips provided by
- Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
- Seal cracks and holes including entry points for utilities and
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around
basement foundation and windows.
- Trim tree branches and shrubbery and keep away from the
- Screen windows and doors.
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it
- Call a qualified pest professional for additional advice and
treatment if necessary.
"Planning for and defending against pests with the help of a
licensed pest professional should be part of every homeowner's
spring cleaning plan," Henriksen advised.
For more information on preventing pests or to find a pest
professional in your area, please 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