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National Inspect and Protect Week Gives New Homeowners Easy Tips To Prevent Harmful Pests And Home Damage

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)®, announced the start of its third annual National Inspect and Protect Week on October 1-5. RISE is continuing this campaign to equip all homeowners, and especially first-time or new homeowners, with valuable tips to prepare their homes and yards for the coldest season of the year and to keep out pests looking for a winter home.

According to a Realtor.com survey of real estate agents and brokers, nine out of 10 new homeowners in 2012 have been interested in purchasing distressed properties. These bargains often come with tall grass, overgrown shrubs, unmanaged pools and clogged gutters that may have turned into a haven for pests that can threaten the health and safety of families, homes and communities. Exposure to weeds and rodent and insect allergens can also trigger respiratory problems and illnesses like hay fever and asthma, especially among young children, toddlers and the elderly.

Since fall is the best time to prepare for winter and spring, RISE is helping all homeowners keep their homes, yards and communities healthy and safe during National Inspect and Protect Week. Each day of the week will coincide with steps that match RISE's easy-to-follow acronym: INSPECT (INvestigate, Study, Prepare, Eliminate, Clean and Treat).

RISE is providing these simple tips to help homeowners, especially new owners of distressed properties:

Indoors:

  • Proactive and preventive treatments are key to keeping pests under control from the very start of your home ownership.
  • Start off right. Eliminate pests' pathways into your house by sealing spaces around pipes and electrical wires entering the house.
  • Eliminate food sources, water and shelter that may attract pests.
  • Remove stacks of cardboard (including those moving boxes) from your home as they provide attractive shelter and food for pests.
  • Check for water leaks under the sink, refrigerator and other related areas.
  • Store food items in air-tight and pest-proof containers or in the refrigerator or freezer.

Outdoors:

  • Remove all standing water in areas such as pots, buckets, toys, pet bowls, bird baths, etc.
  • Clean out ornamental and flower beds and be sure to place mulch in the right places — at least 12 inches from your foundation. Pick up fallen leaves and branches to help eliminate places where ticks like to hide.
  • Prune back tree branches that are touching the house or roof. Branches leading to your home form a bridge for insects and rodents.
  • For pier and beam foundations, keep the area under the house free of clutter and sealed so no wildlife make it their home.

"Maintaining your property is key to effectively avoiding a winter pest infestation," said Robin Tabuchi, research entomologist with the University of California at Berkeley. "Taking action to inspect and protect your home this fall will safeguard your family's health as well as property, helping everyone to safely enjoy the colder months ahead."

National Inspect and Protect Week aims to raise awareness of pest pitfalls and protect families from dangerous health risks. First-time homeowners can take steps to protect their new investment by taking the time this week to INSPECT their homes.

About RISE

Located in Washington, D.C., RISE is the national association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with pesticide and fertilizer products used in turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation and other non-food/fiber applications. Learn more about RISE at www.debugthemyths.com.

SOURCE RISE