National Pest Management Month Serves as a Reminder of How Better Pest Control Helps Improve Americans’ Quality of Life

The National Pest Management Association recognizes industry
professionals for their role in protecting public health and encourages
homeowners to pest-proof homes this spring to prevent pest infestations

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#NPMM–Pest control, along with better pharmaceuticals and vaccines, and proper
sanitation, is attributed to the enhanced quality of life experienced in
the United States today versus other countries around the world. This
April, the National
Pest Management Association
(NPMA) acknowledges the pest control
industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and
property from common pest threats during National Pest Management Month,
an annual observance that has been celebrated for more than 40 years and
is also recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events.

Pest control is an important aspect in today’s society, as household
pests, such as termites, rodents and other pests can cause costly damage
to homes, while others, such as cockroaches, rodents and flies threaten
the nation’s food supply, and mosquitoes and ticks pose significant
health threats to humans through disease transmission.

“Every day, pest professionals work to protect people and properties
from the potential diseases and damage caused by pests,” said Cindy
Mannes, vice president of public affairs at NPMA. “This industry
commitment was brought to light in 2016 when the United States was
introduced to a new disease – Zika virus. This, in addition to the
countless other pest-related illnesses, such as Lyme disease, West Nile
virus, Dengue fever, Hantavirus and more illustrates that pests are not
just an unsightly nuisance, and proper pest control is necessary to
reduce and protect against pest threats.”

Simple home improvements such as sealing cracks around a structure’s
foundation, eliminating sources of moisture and patching ripped screens
can help prevent infestations. To help ward off pest problems, Mannes
also suggests homeowners look to eliminate sources of food, water and
shelter by wiping down counters, disposing of garbage in sealed
receptacles and removing areas of stagnant water outdoors.

For more information, visit PestWorld.org
to find a qualified pest control professional and for help identifying
pests using the Pest Guide.

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases
and dangers of common household pests. For more information, visit
PestWorld.org.

Contacts

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