For nearly 40 years, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has been celebrating April as the National Pest Management Month, an occasion created to “honor the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.”
The National Pest Management Month’s goal is to raise awareness about the serious health and property threats posed by common household pests such as ants, termites, rodents, and stinging insects. Additionally, April marks the beginning of the pest season, offering an excellent opportunity for homeowners to take preventative measures against pest insects along with cleaning, landscaping, and other spring chores.
Also taking place in April, the Bed Bug Awareness Week (20-26 April) is a campaign created by the National Pest Management Association in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help homeowners learn more about how to detect, treat, and prevent bed bug infestations. Greenleaf Pest Control is proud to join in this important industry effort and remind the public about the many dangers of bed bugs in advance of the summer travel season.
Pests are a problem for everyone, everywhere. No matter where you live, at some point in your life you will probably see an ant scurrying across your kitchen floor or a spider dangling from the living room ceiling. Savvy homeowners may treat pests just like any other household problem and attempt to take matters into their own hands, but often they end up aggravating an existing infestation and spending much more money in the long run.
Although they may not appear this way, many home pest control situations are either too complicated or too dangerous for homeowners to tackle themselves. Some treatments require extensive knowledge about pest biology and behavior, while others involve the use of toxic pesticides or specialized equipment. Hiring a pest control professional to treat existing infestations and prevent future ones is the best possible decision you can make, for the following reasons:
While ants, termites, cockroaches, and stinging insects can certainly wreak havoc on your property, the infamous bed bugs remain the most difficult to manage household pest, according to a previous NPMA national survey. Here are some of the preventative practices the Association recommends to keep bed bugs at bay this spring and summer:
Successfully eliminating a pest infestation is never an easy task, and this is why you should never treat it as a do-it-yourself project. If you want to rid your property of destructive pests and minimize the risk of a pest re-infestation, hire the services of an experienced pest control company to help prevent illness and damage to what you value the most: your family and your property.
About the Author
Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid garde