With Arrival of Fall, Pests Seek Shelter IndoorsNPMA Staff
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Fall is a favorite season for many, as
it signals the beginning of colorful leaves and crisp weather. But
for many pests, including rodents, spiders and cockroaches, the change in
season indicates the need to find refuge from the cold winter
ahead. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds
homeowners of the importance that fall pest-proofing can play in
keeping pests from making their home in yours.
Rodents carry diseases, including
Salmonella and Hantavirus, and can cause structural damage to a
property by gnawing through wires, which can cause house fires, and
nesting in insulation. Cockroaches also spread disease
and their droppings and saliva can trigger asthma attacks,
especially in young children. Brown recluse
spiders will bite if threatened, injecting venom that can be
dangerous to those with allergic reactions.
"When the weather cools, our warm homes are just as enticing to
pests as they are to us," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of
public affairs for NPMA. "Yet, pests are unwelcome houseguests as
they can pose serious health
and property threats. In preparation for winter, homeowners
should be proactive and vigilant in preventing pests from coming
The NPMA recommends these fall pest-proofing tips:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including
areas where utilities and pipes enter.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage
regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement
foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, 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