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Tips To Keep Pests Outdoors This Spring
FAIRFAX, Va. (March 7, 2013) – No homeowner wants to deal with a pest infestation, but occasionally ants can find a way into kitchens and stink bugs can cling onto curtains or screens. To maintain a pest-free home through the spring and summer months, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to pest-proof the home when partaking in “spring cleaning.”
NPMA recently shared insights on general pest prevention with the Oregonian for an article about how to keep the creepy-crawlies outdoors. These tips include:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
From keeping food areas clean to repairing rotted roof shingles, there are many easy steps homeowners can take to avoid a pest infestation and the subsequent health and property risks associated with it.