Braman Termite and Pest Elimination encourages homeowners to take precautions against common household pests
April is National Pest Management Month, a public observance by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events that celebrates the pest management industry for its commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from common household pests. It’s also the ideal time to prepare homes and help thwart those pesky spring and summer pest invasions. During the month-long observance, Braman Termite and Pest Elimination encourages homeowners to take stock of the conditions in and around homes and eliminate any harborage points that could attract pests over the next few months.
“National Pest Management Month occurs during a time when homeowners begin to notice an increase in pests, such as ants, termites, mosquitoes and other stinging insects,” said Jerry Lazarus, third-generation owner of Braman Termite and Pest Elimination. “It’s the perfect opportunity for homeowners to complete simple home improvement projects like screening windows and proper landscape techniques that will help keep pests outdoors where they belong.”
NPMA experts recommend the following tips to pest-proof the home this spring:
Seal any cracks on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes
Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows
Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house
Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles
Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation
Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters
Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry
Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly
Contact a licensed pest professional if an infestation is suspected
For more information on common household pests or more pest-proofing tips, please visit BramanPest.com.