For many pests, including rodents, spiders and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find shelter from the colder temperatures ahead. In some cases, this shelter is the same place that keeps your family warm and dry.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that fall pest-proofing is important to prevent pests from making their home in yours.
Unwanted pests are more than a just nuisance in the home. They pose serious health and property threats as well. Rodents can gnaw through wires causing structural damage, putting homes at risk for fire. Rodents also can carry diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus. Rodents can also cause secondary infestations by bringing fleas, mites or ticks into homes.
Other pests like cockroaches are known to trigger allergies and asthma symptoms – especially in young children – and some species of spiders, if disturbed, will bite in defense.
"Pest prevention is a year-round process, and in anticipation of cooler weather, it's time for a change in the ways you protect your home from unwanted intruders," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. "Besides being a nuisance, pests can also pose health and property threats. Homeowners must take proactive measures to prevent pests from coming indoors."
The NPMA recommends these fall pest-proofing tips for homeowners:
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