For more than four decades, April has been observed as National Pest Management Month by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). With a variety of pests reemerging after a long winter, it’s the perfect time to recognize the professional pest management industry for its ongoing role in protecting public health, food and property from threats posed by pests. In this blog, we will shine a light on this effort and outline the steps you can take to prevent infestations in your own home or business.
The Dangers of Pests
Many pests aren’t just annoying, they can be the source of serious health and safety issues. For instance, termites or powderpost beetles can cause serious structural damage to homes and businesses. Others, like rodents and cockroaches, are capable of contaminating food, spreading disease and worsening allergy and asthma symptoms. Some backyard pests like ticks and mosquitoes can transmit serious illnesses such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus. No one wants to fall victim to any of these pests, so make sure you take this opportunity to thank your pest control professional!
Steps You Can Take
Our pest control professionals are always ready to help should an infestation be suspected, but we also want to empower you to take proactive pest prevention steps as well to help ward off potential invaders. With that in mind, here are a few helpful tips for spring pest prevention:
- Eliminate standing water sources around your home or business.
- Clean clogged gutters to help reduce moisture.
- Determine where utilities and pipes enter and seal any cracks with a silicone-based caulk.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery trimmed back and away from your home or business.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around your foundation and windows.
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
- Store food in airtight containers.
Braman Can Help
While these steps should help you prevent many pest problems, there are times when you may require a professional for an infestation already in progress. If you’ve already seen signs of rodents, termites, cockroaches or other pests—don’t hesitate to reach out. We can assist with proper prevention and eradication measures or set you up with a MultiPest Plan in which we maintain ongoing pest control services at your home. Contact us to learn more today.