Arrow Exterminators Predicts another Banner Year for Ants, Cockroaches, Termites, Mosquitoes and Fleas

Pests have long been a threat to the quality of life we all enjoy due to their ability to transmit disease and cause significant damage to property and this year expects to be no different. Arrow Exterminators has prepared the following list of the top 5 pests likely to cause homeowners the most concern in 2012:

1. Ants: There are more than 700 different species of ants in the United States and this number actually grows each year at a rapid rate as new species are imported through travel and international commerce. Recent discoveries include the hairy (or Caribbean) crazy ant which continues to make its way northward and the odorous house ant. With so many types of ants to combat, it's important for homeowners to remember that each species must be treated uniquely. If ants are spotted in the home, a pest professional should be contacted immediately to prevent an infestation.

2. Cockroaches: Cockroaches carry up to 33 different kinds of bacteria and research has shown they can even trigger asthma attacks in children. Cockroaches also reproduce very quickly with the female able to lay up to 50 eggs at one time. So if an infestation is suspected, a pest professional should be contacted immediately.

3. Termites: It's not about if you will get termites in your home, but when, especially living in the South. Termites are voracious eaters, active year round and cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year - more than storms and fires combined - and the damage is most often not covered by homeowner's insurance. Homeowners should ensure they have a 24/7/365 termite protection plan for their home to safeguard their investment and have their property inspected annually by a licensed professional.

4. Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are a constant battle in the South from March through October. While they are most known for the red, itchy welts they leave behind on their victims, they can also transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis. Only needing very small amounts of stagnant water to breed, Mosquitoes only take 7-10 days to develop from egg to adult. Homeowners can make small changes to their yard to help reduce the Mosquito population including removing all sources of standing water and cutting back unnecessary vegetation around the home.

5. Fleas: Flea populations are booming in households across the U.S. and not just in homes with pets. Fleas, a lot like bed bugs, have become increasingly resistant to common treatment methods allowing the breeding cycle to continue. Always on the lookout for a warm-blooded host to attack, family pets and humans are the perfect candidates. To keep help reduce the chances of fleas infesting the home, vacuum often and bathe furry friends frequently.