Most Challenging Pests for Knoxville Area This Spring
Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite control company,
is reaching out to educate the public on the most challenging pests
they will face this spring. The National Pest Management
Association recently released results of a survey of local pest
control operators designed to identify spring's most challenging
pests in the Knoxville area. Odorous House Ants, Carpenter Bees,
Eastern Subterranean Termites, Springtails and Brown Recluse
spiders top the list.
Odorous House Ants are more than a nuisance. They can invade a
home quickly and contaminate food. Carpenter Bees bore holes in
wood to create nests to lay their eggs. These holes weaken the wood
which can cause serious damage to the exterior of homes, decks and
wooden furniture. Termites cause more than $5 Billion in property
damage each year and continue to be a challenge, especially in the
Southeast. It's no longer a case of if homeowners will get
termites, but when. Springtails are a nuisance pest, not known to
bite or transmit disease. However, their large numbers make them a
challenge to combat and they will breed rapidly in warm, moist
environments. Finally, the Brown Recluse spider, recognized by the
dark brown "violin-like" marking on their back, is nocturnal and
tends to feed on cockroaches and crickets. However, they will also
bite humans if they feel threatened, potentially leaving a "volcano
lesion" - a large, damaged hole in the flesh.
- On-camera or phone interview with a local Arrow pest and
termite control expert who can offer tips for homeowners to combat
these spring pests.
- On-camera interviews with Shay Runion, Arrow Exterminators
expert on pests and pest related diseases. Runion has appeared on
numerous media outlets in the Georgia and Tennessee markets.
- Possible live inspection/treatment at a home which is
experiencing problems with these pests.
- Photos/images of the spring pests.