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 infestation problem."

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 lids.
  • 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 STEPSâ„¢ 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.