June 6 isWorld Pest Day, an annual worldwide observance established to raise awareness among the public, government, and media about the important role of the pest control industry in protecting health, food, property, and the environment from pest health threats. In recognition of the invaluable impact the industry has on our everyday lives and well-being, Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is joining theNational Pest Management Association(NPMA) in celebratingpest control professionalseverywhere by spreading awareness of the health threats posed by pests.
“Pests have a direct impact on our health,” said Garrett Thrasher. “It’s a little-known fact that mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world. Mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people throughout the world every year. Rats, mice, cockroaches, and other pests carry many human pathogens. Today, on World Pest Day, we stand with our brothers and sisters in professional pest management that are making a difference across the globe.”
At a time when homeowners are staying in and around their homes more than ever, it is crucial they take the necessary pest-proofing steps to avoid infestations of any kind. With the help of NPMA, Thrasher Termite & Pest Control recommends the following tips to help homeowners and businesses better prepare their property against pest infestations:
Eliminate sources of standing water, including birdbaths and clogged gutters, to help reduce biting mosquito populations.
Seal any cracks on the outside of the property with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
Replace weather-stripping around windows and repair loose mortar around the foundation.
Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the property. Overhanging branches can act as highways into the property.
Keep the mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry.
Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
Wipe down kitchen counters to remove crumbs and spills that could attract pests.