Arrow Exterminators encourages a new resolution for homeowners - a fresh, healthier life and home by preparing for a pest-free 2010
It's the New Year, which means it is time for a fresh start. It
is also time to make New Year's resolutions. One resolution that
should be on everyone's list is to take simple steps towards rodent
control to keep a clean, pest free home in 2010.
Winter is a prime season for rodent infestations. In 2009, 24%
of homeowners reported having some type of mice infestation,
according to the National Pest Management Association. Rodents can
pose health risks and cause serious structural damage to homes.
Roof rats in particular are known for chewing through walls and
wires which can lead to fires and other structural damage. In
addition, these same creatures that were infamous for spreading the
bubonic plague many decades ago can still spread disease through
their urine. Roof rats get their name from living in the upper part
of buildings near the roof. They are also found under, in and
Mice are the other most popular rodents to enter homes during
the wintertime. They breed very rapidly, producing up to a dozen
mice every three weeks. They also can spread their droppings an
estimated 70 times per day. These droppings can spread bacteria and
viruses such as Hantavirus.
"Rodents are very serious problem for households, especially in
the winter time," said Shay Jones Runion, Arrow's Pest Expert. "Not
only do they cause damage to homes, they can easily spread disease.
It is very important for all homeowners to be aware of this problem
and take the necessary steps to prevent it."
Arrow Exterminators suggests taking these steps to prevent
rodents from entering homes this winter:
- Inspect wires, insulation and walls for any signs of gnaw
marks, which may indicate an infestation.
- Install gutters to channel water away from your home.
- Seal cracks and holes, including areas where utilities and
pipes enter the home.
- Keep tree branches, shrubbery and ground covering well trimmed
and away from the house
Arrow protects homes from rodents with the STEPS® Total
Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes
Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of
home and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification
of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and
treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate
current issues and help prevent any future recurrence.