Arrow Exterminators urges homeowners to protect their homes and beware of “cute squirrels” in their yards
Although squirrels and chipmunks may seem like cute friendly
animals, this is the time of year when they - and other wildlife -
tend to sneak their way inside homes and cause serious property
damage. They also pose health risks, like exposure to rabies and
the potentially deadly Hantavirus. Arrow Exterminators, a local
termite and pest control company, specializes in rodent and
wildlife control and urges homeowners to be vigilant about keeping
away these destructive intruders who begin to enter homes in the
fall when evening temperatures tend to drop.
- Squirrels can do significant damage to the siding of a home as
they widen a hole or make a new hole to enter. They can chew
through electrical wiring which can cause a fire. Squirrels also
bring other pests in with them, like fleas, and they can carry
diseases such as rabies.
- Chipmunks' extensive burrowing can cause collapsed walls or
slabs and they can also damage flower and vegetable gardens.
- Rodents, including mice and rats, can contaminate food sources,
kitchen surfaces and equipment and their droppings can spread
numerous diseases. It is important to inspect for droppings
throughout a home, especially in undisturbed areas like pantries,
under baseboards, in attics and along walls.
- Raccoons can carry rabies and roundworm and often attempt to
nest in the attic or crawlspace, causing damage to the structure as
they make their way in.
"Most fall wildlife can be quite destructive and pose serious
health risks," said Shay Runion, Arrow's pest expert. "Homeowners
should take every precaution to keep these unwanted intruders
outside of the home or away from the yard, especially to avoid an
Arrow Exterminators provides these simple tips to help keep
wildlife pests out of the home:
- Store boxes and containers off the floor and organize items
often to prevent rodents from residing in undisturbed areas.
- Seal cracks and holes, including areas where utilities and
pipes enter the home.
- Store food in thick metal or plastic containers with tight
- Clean up spilled food right away immediately and wash dishes
and cooking utensils soon after use.
- Keep outside cooking areas and grills clean.
- Do not leave pet food or water bowls out overnight.
- Keep bird feeders away from the house and use squirrel guards
to limit access to the feeder by squirrels and other rodents.
- Use a thick plastic or metal garbage can with a tight lid and
keep sealed at all times.
- Keep grains and animal feed in thick plastic or metal
containers with tight lids. In the evening, return uneaten animal
feed to containers with lids.
Arrow protects homes from wildlife and other pests with the STEPS™
Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes
Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes 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.