April is National Pest Management Month in the United States, and it’s a time to raise awareness about the importance of pest management and its role in protecting public health and property. It’s also the ideal time of year to encourage homeowners and business owners to take extra precautions to pest-proof their properties at the start of spring and to call a pest control expert before pests can cause irreversible damage.
Let’s explore the importance of pest management and some steps individuals and businesses can take to prevent and control pest infestations.
Why is Pest Management Important?
Did you know the US spends over $6.5 billion yearly on pest control services? Yes, that’s how vital pest management is, and it is critical for several reasons:
- Health Risks: Many pests, such as rodents, mosquitoes, and ticks, can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans and animals. In addition, pests like cockroaches and dust mites can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms.
- Property Damage: Pests can cause extensive damage to buildings, furniture, and other property. For example, termites can cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, while rodents can chew through wiring and cause electrical fires.
- Reputation: Pests can damage the reputation of businesses, particularly those in the food service or hospitality industries. A pest infestation can result in negative reviews and a loss of business.
What Can You Do?
Knowing how to clean your home or facility effectively can help eliminate breeding grounds of pests. Here are some actions you should include in your schedule to help prevent pest activity:
- Maintain Cleanliness: Pests are attracted to food, water, and shelter. Regular cleaning and maintenance can reduce the availability of these resources and make your property less attractive to pests.
- Seal Entry Points: Pests can enter your property through small cracks and gaps. Seal these entry points to prevent pests from entering your property.
- Proper Storage: Properly store food and other items that pests may be attracted to, such as pet food and garbage.
- Work with a Professional: If you have a pest infestation, working with a licensed pest control professional is essential. They have the knowledge and tools to effectively identify and treat pest problems.
Many do-it-yourself methods for pest control claim to work, but in reality, they only treat the tip of the iceberg. Effective pest management is more complex than it may seem. It can be challenging and hazardous if not done correctly.
This National Pest Management Month, start investing in some long-term measures to reinforce your defense strategy by calling the experts at Vogelsang Pest Management. We are dedicated to protecting public health and property so that you can reduce the risk of pest infestations and their negative impacts. Contact us to schedule your free pest inspection today!