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Celebrate National Pest Management Month This April

April 4, 2016

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April is National Pest Management Month which is a public observance by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) that is recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events. This event 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, we at Nozzle Nolen encourage homeowners to take stock of the conditions in and around their homes and eliminate any harborage points that could attract pests over the next few months. When looking for harborage points and conducive conditions for pests, keep in mind that most pests can fit into even the smallest crack or crevice, and most pests are ultimately seeking moisture.

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. 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 clogged gutters.

  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.

  • Avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time.

  • Contact a licensed pest professional if an infestation is suspected.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! These small efforts go a long way in keeping your home and family pest free!

For more information on common household pests or more pest-proofing tips, contact us for a free evaluation of your home’s pest vulnerabilities.


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