HOMEOWNERS BEWARE OF FURY FALL INTRUDERS Arrow Exterminators Warns Homeowners of Increased Wildlife Activity in the Fall
As the cooler fall weather moves in, homeowners across the
country are heading indoors to a warm, cozy environment, filled
with home-cooked meals on the stove and football on the television.
Unfortunately, as temperatures start to drop, wildlife such as
squirrels, rodents, raccoons, chipmunks and bats seek these same
comforts. Telltale signs of a fall intruder include noises in the
attic or droppings found in pantries, along baseboards and/or in
attics. To ensure the only visitors this fall are family and
friends, Arrow Exterminators offers homeowners fall wildlife
"In the fall, we typically notice an increase in calls related
to wildlife such as squirrels, raccoons and evidence of bats in the
attic," said Arrow Pest Expert Shay Runion. "These animals are in
search of the same things humans need to survive: food, shelter and
warmth. Oftentimes, your home is the perfect destination."
Squirrels and rodents are frequent fall intruders. As the
temperature begins to cool at night, these pests are on the prowl
for shelter, looking for locations to build their nests.
Unfortunately, squirrels and rodents often find their winter
dwelling space in homes, particularly in attics, exterior walls and
even between floors, using insulation as nesting material. They can
cause serious damage to the structure where they nest and even
electrical fires when chewing their way through wires, plastic and
wood to find food and shelter. Their waste can cause allergic
reactions in humans and may even lead to diseases, including
Hantavirus, which is potentially deadly. Lastly, these pests rarely
travel alone, bringing in fleas and other unwanted pests.
Another common wildlife pest is the raccoon. While they are
mostly nocturnal in nature, raccoons will hunt for food during the
day, using their very adept hands to open garbage cans, remove
siding and tear off shingles. Like squirrels and rodents, they too
are in search of shelter and often choose crawl spaces, attics and
chimneys in homes to build their nests. An extremely dangerous
pest, raccoons can also cause significant damage where they nest
and also infest living spaces with fleas and parasites.
Homeowners should also be aware of chipmunks this fall. These
small pests are active in the morning and late-afternoon, burring
tunnels for storing their food, caring for their young or resting.
Found adjacent to or under sidewalks, steps, concrete patios and
retaining walls, these tunnels can weaken the structure of a home
and even cause flooding. They also can cause damage to flower beds
and vegetable gardens.
Last, but not least, homeowners should be on the lookout for
evidence of bats in their attic. Not only can they spread diseases,
such as rabies, their droppings can also emit a strong odor. Since
bats can fit through spaces as small as half an inch, they often
find their way inside through rooflines, chimneys, gables or vents
- making attics a prime location to nest.
To prevent wildlife from entering the home this fall, Arrow
Exterminators recommends taking the following proactive wildlife
- Use plastic boxes and containers with seal tight lids for
storage, keep off the floor and organize items to prevent wildlife
from residing in undisturbed areas;
- Seal cracks and holes, including areas where utilities and
pipes enter the home;
- Clean up spilled food and immediately wash dishes and cooking
utensils after use;
- Keep outside cooking areas and grills clean;
- Keep bird feeders away from the house and use squirrel guards
to limit access to the feeder;
- Do not leave pet food or water bowls out overnight; and
- Use a thick plastic or metal garbage can with a tight lid - and
keep it sealed at all times.
Arrow protects homes from wildlife 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.