SEND PESTS PACKING WHILE YOU ARE AWAY
Arrow Exterminators Provides Homeowners with a
Summer Vacation Pest Prevention
Summer vacation season is in full swing and while many
homeowners take precautions to ensure their homes are properly lit,
locked and protected from burglars when they head out of town, they
probably don't think about the intruders that can make their way in
on four, six or eight legs. These squatters can cause
significant damage and Arrow has put together a pre-vacation
checklist for homeowners to protect their families and homes.
- Remove or drain sources of standing water in the yard that
could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which grow from larvae
to adult in as little as 7 days. This includes birdbaths,
kiddie pools and saucers of flowerpots. Additionally, clean
out rain gutters to prevent water from collecting there as
- Cut tree branches and other plants away from the home to keep
insects, especially ants, from using them as a means of
- Give the exterior of the home a once-over ensuring screens are
in good repair and that all cracks and crevices as well as doors
and windows are well sealed.
- Discard all garbage prior to leaving for vacation and if you
must leave behind any last minute trash, make sure it is placed in
well-sealed garbage cans. Houseflies are notorious invaders
and will travel up to 20 miles in search of food.
- Seal any leftovers and sweets in airtight containers to prevent
ant infestations and if you are packing snacks for the car or
plane, use airtight containers or bags to ensure ants don't travel
with you on vacation.
- Seal your clothing in large plastic bags within your suitcase
and keep them sealed during your hotel stay to prevent beg bugs
from hitching a ride in them. When you return home, inspect and
vacuum suitcases before bringing them inside and wash all
clothing in hot water.
"With all the excitement and preparation of vacation on the
mind, homeowners may forget to protect their property from pests
before they head out of town," said Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert.
"However, by taking some simple prevention steps homeowners can
safeguard their property and be confident that they will not return
home to or with any unwanted visitors."