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Homeowners Can Expect Pest Infestations Well Into Winter
The National Pest Management Association offers advice to those looking to keep winter pests out of their homes
FAIRFAX, VA (December 11, 2018) – Pests are often thought of as a warm weather issue, but the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is reminding homeowners that Old Man Winter brings with it a slew of potential pest problems. When the temperature drops, cockroaches, ants, mice, rats and other common invaders look for a warm place that has easy access to food and water to nest during the winter – and homes are often where they hunker down.
“With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, prepping and pest-proofing the home for winter may be pretty far down on the to-do list,” noted Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “But all signs are pointing to another heavy pest season, so it is important that homeowners make it a priority to ensure they are not offering an open invitation to pests and rodents. A few simple chores around the house will go a long way in preventing an infestation.”
To avoid a winter pest infestation, homeowners are encouraged to follow these cold-weather pest-proofing tips recommended by NPMA experts:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home using caulk or steel wool.
- Replace loose mortar and worn weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Screen vents to chimneys and repair damaged screens.
- Maintain well-organized storage areas, placing items in sealed plastic bins off of the floor.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised structure.
- Keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the home.
“Despite homeowners’ best prevention efforts, pests may still find a way inside the home. If an infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest professional for assistance,” added Mannes.
For more information on proper pest-proofing practices or to find a local pest control company, visit PestWorld.org.
About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.