For more than 30 years, April has been designated National Pest Management Month. It was created to honor the hardworking men and women in the pest control industry for their role in protecting health and property from the influence of bugs and wildlife, but it has grown into so much more. It has become a tool to alert home and business owners to what pests are the biggest threat and what to do about them.
We all know that rodents are a problem for any man-made structure. They damage wood, sheetrock, insulation, and other building materials, and present a fire hazard when they chew on wires. But few connect these furry invaders to infestations of mites, ticks, fleas, and other parasites. National Pest Management Month is the perfect time to share this kind of information. The warm weather of April will inspire rodents--and the bugs they carry--to become active again.
We all know that termites can damage a home. These tiny, wood-eating pests are a multi-billion dollar problem for U.S. property owners. But many homeowners are unaware that termite damage is considered preventable damage by most insurance companies. When termites total a home, it is the homeowner who is often left holding the bill. As the warm weather inspires termite swarmers to take to the air, now is the time to contact a pest control company and invest in ongoing termite prevention.
We all know that cockroaches are dirty pests but do you know how dirty they are? Cockroaches are linked to at least 33 kinds of bacteria, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. They are definitely not an insect any home or business owner needs crawling up walls, walking across ceilings, walking on dishes, and chewing into stored food. Take the opportunity presented by National Pest Management Month to let your friends and family know that cockroaches can be excluded with ongoing pest management.
More General Tips To Share
A yearly, spring inspection is a good start. Look for entry points and seal up any gaps, cracks, or holes you find in your foundation and exterior walls.
Reduce moisture and the conditions that inspire moisture.
Consider putting pantry and kitchen foods in sealed plastic containers.
Keep trash sealed and protected as much as possible.
Annually inspect, repair, and replace screens.
If you notice the presence of pests, reach out to a licensed pest professional.
While National Pest Management Month is definitely a time to remember all of the hard-working men and women who have devoted their careers and their pursuits of higher education to the study of pests, it is also a time for all of us to share important facts that will minimize the impact these creatures can have on our businesses and our families.