10-20-11: Enjoying a Halloween Without Live Pests

State pest association provides tips for winterizing against Fall’s creepy-crawly pests

Raleigh, N.C. – Halloween is just around the corner, and there may be more than just jack-o-lanterns and goblins lurking behind those spooky decorations.

“Fall is the time of year when pests begin to look for warmer places to spend the winter, and that often means moving indoors into people’s homes,” said Lee Smith, entomologist and board member of the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA). “With the recent rains and hurricane activity in the state, homeowners should be watching for signs of pests or rodents in their homes and should contact a professional pest management company if they see any activity.”

The NCPMA is reminding North Carolinians to be on the lookout for pests and rodents that may be trying to find warmer temperatures indoors.  Pests that typically become a nuisance in homes this time of year include spiders, brown-marmorated stink bugs, lady bugs and, a relatively new pest to our area, the kudzu bug.

To properly and safely remove pests from a home, it is important to have a professional pest management company treat any signs of infestation and assist in developing a winterizing plan for the home to prevent the pests from entering the structure.

NCPMA offers the following tips for dealing with fall pests and winterizing a home:

  • Winterizing the home. Check windows, doors and home exteriors for any holes that pests may enter through.  Caulk or cover any existing holes or openings.
  • Properly store clothing. Don’t leave clothing lying on a floor where spiders may hide.  Hang it up or keep it in a plastic container.  Shake out any clothing or shoes that have been on a floor or in a hamper before wearing.
  • Wear gloves or protective clothing when gardening and moving pieces of wood. Raking leaves and winterizing your garden is a popular activity this time of year, so make sure to wear gloves and long pants and sleeves to protect against spiders hiding in leaves and foliage.  Also, spiders like to hide in woodpiles and pieces of wood, so be careful when picking up pieces of wood.
  • Check clothes for insects and spiders when returning indoors.
  • Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free.
  • Consult a professional. Get your home inspected regularly by a qualified, licensed pest professional.  Your pest professional can recommend steps you can take to make sure your home stays pest-free.  Visit www.ncpestmanagement.org to find a pest professional in your area.

The NCPMA’s members receive regular training on how to prevent and treat all pests, including spiders and rodents.

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  Formerly, the North Carolina Pest Control Association, NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.

To learn more about NCPMA, please visit its Web site at:  www.ncpestmanagement.org.

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