April showers not only bring May flowers but also the beginning of bug season. That is why April has been designated National Pest Management Month. For the last 30 years, the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) honors those in the pest control industry all April long and encourages the public to take steps in preventing pest infestations.
Common household pests include Carpenter Ants, Pavement and other Small Ants, Termites, Centipedes, Millipedes, and Spiders. This is the time of year that pests begin to multiply, and, in the case of ants, this population growth equals habitat expansion. Often, homes are within the growth range of existing ant colonies, and this can lead to troublesome infestations.
NPMA recommends you tell your clients to take the following steps to prevent pest infestations
- Seal cracks and small openings along the foundation of the house.
- Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
- Cut tree branches and other plants away from the house.
- Keep kitchens clean by wiping counters and emptying the garbage frequently.
- Keep all food containers sealed.
- Avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time.
- Keep trash containers clean and sealed, both indoors and out.
- Screen windows and doors.
- If you see signs of pests or suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional.
These preventative actions can help stop an infestation before it begins. It is much easier to prevent a pest control problem than to stop one!