THE TOP FIVE PESTS FOR 2013
Arrow Exterminators Predicts Ants, Stink Bugs, Termites, Rodents and Mosquitoes Will Cause Problems for Homeowners in the New Year
The mild temperatures experienced across our area last winter combined with the unseasonably warm weather so far this year, is a strong sign that pests will again present a significant problem for homeowners in 2013. If populations are not diminished by heavy and extended freezes, they will multiply even more quickly when the spring season arrives. To be prepared, Arrow Exterminators is educating local homeowners on the top five pests expected to cause problems this year.
1. Ants: Ants continue to be one of the most common pests that invade homes. With over 700 species in the U.S. alone and all requiring different methods of treatment, ants are also one of the most difficult for homeowners to control without professional assistance. If ants are spotted in the home, contact a licensed pest professional immediately to prevent an infestation.
2. Stink Bugs and Kudzu Bugs: Originally only a problem in a few states, both of these pests have now moved into many states across the country. From the same family of insects, Stink Bugs and Kudzu Bugs make their biggest appearances in the spring and fall. While they don't transmit diseases, bite or sting, these "stinky" pests do emit a strong odor when frightened, disturbed or squashed and they can damage clothing, furniture and other fabrics with their droppings. Homeowners should always check themselves and their personal belongings before entering the home and make sure all screens on doors and windows are in good repair and all exterior cracks and crevices are sealed.
3. Termites: Termites continue to be one of the most significant threats to property across the U.S. They cause nearly $5 billion in property damage, more than fires and storms combined, and the damage is rarely covered by homeowners insurance. "Termite infestations continue to create huge financial issues for homeowners," said Shay Runion, Arrow pest expert. "To safeguard their property, homeowners should make sure they have a 24/7/365 termite protection plan for their home and have it inspected annually by a licensed pest professional."
4. Rodents: Mild temperatures have also provided an abundant food source and the perfect breeding conditions for many types of rodents across our area. These common intruders can transmit diseases, cause real damage inside a home and often bring with them other pests like fleas, ticks and mites. They also reproduce very quickly making them nearly impossible to control without the help of a professional.
5. Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are a constant battle in our area for most of the year. While they are most known for the red, itchy welts they leave behind on their victims, they can also transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis. They only need very small amounts of stagnant water to breed and take just 7-10 days to develop from egg to adult.