HEAR A CREATURE STIRRING? IT MAY (REALLY) BE A MOUSE!
Arrow Exterminators Offers Tips to Prevent Pests From Spoiling
The holiday season has arrived which means it's time to dust off
the holiday decorations, pick out the perfect Christmas tree and
welcome guests to your home with a beautiful door wreath. While
there are many fun traditions associated with holiday decorating,
it's important for homeowners to take precautions when picking out
their Christmas trees or unpacking decorations from basements or
attics, as they may bring in unwanted pests or disrupt pests
already nesting in the home undetected.
"Traditionally, holiday decorations are only used once a year,
which means the rest of the year, they lie dormant in basements and
attics. This creates the perfect environment for rodents such as
squirrels, mice and rats to build their homes," said Shay Runion,
Arrow Pest Expert. "Christmas trees, door wreaths and firewood can
also provide the perfect hiding spot for pests such as brown
The most common rodent this time of the year is the house mouse
because, similar to humans, they seek food and shelter. Typically
found in basements and attics, house mice breed rapidly and can
bring other pests with them such as fleas, mites and ticks. Also,
their droppings and urine can cause asthma in children.
Brown recluse spiders are another pest to be aware of this holiday
season. These pests can easily hitch a ride into homes on firewood
or Christmas trees. Brown recluse spiders hide in dark areas such
as attics, closets and crawl spaces. While these spiders are mostly
considered a nuisance pest, they will bite when disturbed and
produce painful, open sores on the skin.
To help keep homes pest-free this holiday season, Arrow
Exterminators recommends the following pest prevention tips:
- Store holiday decorations in plastic airtight containers.
- Inspect Christmas trees and other greenery thoroughly before
bringing them into the house.
- Thoroughly inspect decorations outdoors before bringing into
- Seal all holes and cracks that are larger than the diameter of
- Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free.
- Place screens over vents and openings to chimneys.
- Vacuum and sweep often around the home.
Arrow protects homes from infestations with the STEPS® Total
Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes
Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of the
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 to help prevent future recurrences.