APRIL IS NATIONAL PEST MANAGEMENT MONTH
Industry encourages public education and awareness about household pest dangers
Whether it’s rodents, ants, termites, bed bugs or cockroaches, pest professionals help people safeguard their health and homes from disease-carrying and property-destroying pests. This month, Hulett environmental is proud to observe National Pest Management Month, which is formally recognized each year by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
The annual observance recognizes the pest management industry’s contribution to society in protecting food, health and property from the harm and destruction of household pests and the safe use of pest management products.
“Spring is the perfect time of year to commemorate National Pest Management Month and to remind the public to take time this season to make pest-proofing part of their spring rituals,” said Greg Rice, Marketing Director at Hulett Environmental. “As pests emerge from their overwintering spots, it is important to ensure homes aren’t vulnerable to infestations. If an infestation is found, homeowners should consult with a professional pest management company to evaluate the extent of the problem and recommend the best course of treatment.”
During National Pest Management Month, Hulett Environmental is also reminding people to be aware of the most common household pests plaguing homeowners this season. To help, here are some interesting facts from the National Pest Management Association about these frequent home invaders:
Termites: Termites feed on the cellulose found in wood and paper products and cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year. With termite season upon us, homeowners should be on the lookout for swarmers (winged termites), which serve as a warning that a colony may have already settled inside.
Ants: Ants are the number one nuisance pest in the U.S. and are among the most difficult to control. According to a new NPMA survey of pest professionals, spring and summer are the busiest seasons for ant-related service calls. Ant infestations are most common in office buildings, restaurants, apartments and condos and single-family homes
Spiders: While spiders tend to elicit fear in many people, only a few pose serious health threats to humans. For example, both the brown recluse and black widow spiders can cause painful bites that are especially dangerous for children and the elderly, sometimes causing gaping wounds and fatal reactions.
Bed Bugs: Bed bugs continue to plague Americans as they infest hotels, schools college dorms, residences and other places where people gather. A 2011 survey, conducted by NPMA and the University of Kentucky found that 99 percent of pest professionals had encountered bed bugs in the past year; a number that has steadily risen over a 10-year period.
For more information about these and other pests, please visit www.bugs.com