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Buffalo Exterminating announces April is Pest Management Month

by Audrey Zimmerman
Sun, Apr 22nd 2012 03:10 pm

 Buffalo Exterminating announces April is Pest Management Month

Campaign includes Bed Bug Awareness Week April 22 to April 28

Orchard Park, NY -- Buffalo Exterminating, Western New York's largest, locally-owned pest management company, announces that April is Pest Management Month, an effort led by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to raise public awareness and encourage property owners to take steps against pest infestations.  As an NPMA member, Buffalo Exterminating joins in the 30-year tradition that takes place each April to remind the public about the risks posed by common pests in homes and properties.

"As Western New York's leading provider of pest management services we are proud to join with the NPMA in this public awareness campaign," said John Zimmerman, General Manager at Buffalo Exterminating. "Pest season is upon us again, with warm weather arriving earlier than usual. With some proactive and preventive steps, home and business owners can avoid problems." 

The NPMA is encouraging people to learn more about common household pests this month so they can better spot problems in the summer months ahead. These include:

  

Ants -- Ants are the number one nuisance pest in the U.S. and are the most difficult to control. According to the NPMA, spring and summer are the busiest seasons for ant-related service calls. Ant infestations are most common in homes, office buildings, restaurants, apartments and condos.

Spiders -- Few spiders pose serious health threats to humans, however, brown recluse spiders -- which live in Western New York -- can cause painful bites that are especially dangerous to for children and the elderly. In severe cases, brown recluse spider bites can be fatal.

Stinging insects -- From bees to wasps and hornets, insect stings send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year in the U.S. In addition to causing pain, stings can cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals.

Bed Bugs -- Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA, noted that the organization is putting particular emphasis on bed bugs this month, with Bed Bug Awareness Week, April 22 to 28.  A growing problem in the Buffalo Niagara area, bed bugs infest schools, hotels, homes, and other places. They are small parasitic insects that feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals, however there has been no evidence suggesting that bed bugs transmit disease.

"With summer just around the corner, the NPMA is reminding travelers to be vigilant wherever they go and be mindful of the hitchhiking nature of bed bugs, as they can attach to luggage and clothing and return home with the traveler," Henrikson said. More information on dealing with bed bugs can be found at www.bufaloexterminating.com.

   

John Zimmerman of Buffalo Exterminating noted that simple measures like sealing cracks and crevices around the home; keeping kitchen counters and floors clean and free of crumbs; sealing garbage cans and eliminating sources of standing water on property now can go a long way in preventing pests from causing problems in the months ahead. More information on pest management and prevention can also be found at www.buffaloexterminating.com.

Founded in 1954, Buffalo Exterminating is the area's most experienced, locally-owned pest management company, specializing in the elimination of and protection against pests such as bed bugs, ants, bees, wasps, hornets, rodents and bats.   With a service fleet of 60 vehicles, Buffalo Exterminating made over 60,000 commercial and residential service calls last year throughout Erie, Niagara and other nearby counties. Its affiliate, Rochester Exterminating, serves residential and commercial customers in Monroe and surrounding counties.

For more information, contact John Zimmerman, general manager, at (716) 662-4000

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