(NAPSA) During the colder months, homeowners may be unaware that they are sharing their warm, cozy abode with some unsuspected squatters, pests. Indian meal moths, ants, mice, spiders and termites may all be nesting indoors.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), when temperatures begin to fall, an estimated 21 million pests head inside every year because their food sources are less accessible and they cannot adapt to the cooler weather.
More than a nuisance, these household pests can trigger allergies and asthma attacks, spread diseases, transmit bacteria and contaminate food. They can also compromise the value of a home by gnawing through electrical wires that can create fire hazards, as well as chewing through support beams and drywall, risking structural stability.
Pests find ways into homes by hitching rides on the items brought in, such as firewood, packages and even on Fido. They also gain entry through small cracks and crevices in the structure's exterior. Luckily, there are many ways homeowners can prevent these unwanted guests through effective pest-proofing measures.
NPMA and www.pestworld.org offer the following tips on pest-proofing the home:
For more information on pest-proofing and other pest-related issues, visit www.pestworld.org.
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