It’s easy for us to take people for granted, only to then remember their importance in our lives when we suddenly need them — like pest control managers.
A recent survey reveals 93 percent of people express concern when finding insects in their home. Also, insects and bugs are one of the public’s biggest fears, ranking just behind public speaking and heights. The first sight of a roach skittering across the floor can often cause a panic.
April is National Pest Management Month, an annual observance dedicated to honoring pest control professionals who provide effective treatment to counteract pest-borne threats for the health and safety of the public. The National Pest Management Association began Pest Management Month more than 30 years ago.
Pest control managers perform an invaluable job for all communities. Each year, termites cause approximately $5 billion in damage to homes, mosquitoes and other pests transmit deadly diseases to humans like malaria, Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. Now in the news are an increasing number of Zika Virus cases.
More and more homeowners and businesses are deciding to not wait until seeing the first termite, roach, rat or ant before calling in a professional. It’s always best to be proactive when dealing with pests and take care of the problem before the discovery of an infestation.
Pest control managers provide valuable information for the public when called out on jobs. After thoroughly investigating each unique pest situation, diagnosing the problem, and taking the best course of action, pest managers teach others on the best way to stave off pest issues. On every visit to a residence or business, our intent is to educate people on what to look for when it comes to a wide variety of pests. We encourage people to seal cracks and small openings in their homes to keep insects from entering. We also alert people to pet food and other sanitation concerns that naturally attract pests and cause problems. It’s truly about being preemptive when it comes to protecting your home or business, and that’s why pest control professionals are so important.
So, this month let’s tip our hat and honor all of the dedicated pest control professionals who keep you safe, and your homes and businesses pests free.
• Curtis Whalen and Nate Woolf are the co-founders of Blue Sky Pest Control.