4-24-12: Spring Into Action to Avoid Rodents in Your Home

State Pest Association advises homeowners to seek professional advice to prevent and treat infestations

Raleigh, N.C.—Spring is a time when flowers bloom and pests start to emerge from their winter hiding places.  In addition to an increase in insects, homeowners statewide may notice the presence of some unwanted rodent pests this time of year according to the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA).

“Many rodents such as mice can really start to become active in spring months,” said Lee Smith, entomologist and NCPMA board member.  “During winter months, rodents may reside in attics and other parts of homes in order to enjoy the comforts of climate controlled environments. In warmer months, homeowners may notice more rodent activity because the rodents become more active as they begin breeding and nesting.”

If not properly treated and managed, rodents such as mice, squirrels and rats can increase in numbers and become a nuisance and a health hazard in homes.

“Unlike some pests that are just nuisances, mice and other rodents can carry disease and can also cause damage to a home’s interior. In order to properly rid a home of these pests, it is important to have a professional pest management company like one of NCPMA’s members manage the problem,” Smith said.

To prevent rodent infestations in a home, NCPMA recommends that individuals inspect for and seal any holes and other places where rodents and pests can enter.  It is important to seal all possible entry points, as rodents can enter extremely small holes in walls.  If a pest problem is suspected, visit www.ncpestmanagement.org to find a qualified pest management company.

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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