Arrow Exterminators Predicts Ants, Termites, Bed Bugs, Fleas and Cockroaches Will Cause the Most Commotion in the New Year

Since the Ice Age, cockroaches and mosquitoes have roamed the Earth. As pests continue to evolve, they become increasingly resistant to tried and true treatment methods and more difficult to control. This year, Arrow Exterminators predicts that the following pests (ranked in order) will cause the most commotion:

  1. Ants: It may come as a surprise, but ants are predicted to create the most disruption in 2011. According to recent industry studies, ants continue to be the number one reason homeowners call their pest control company. In the United States alone, there are more than 700 different species; this number continues to grow at a rapid rate with a variety of new species being discovered in recent years, such as "crazy rasberry ants" and the ever present "odorous house ant." With so many types of ants, it's important for homeowners to remember that each species is treated uniquely. To avoid an infestation, a pest professional should be contacted immediately to deliver the proper method of treatment.
  2. Termites: "Termite infestations have always been a big problem - especially for residents living in the South. Unfortunately, 2011 is expected to be no different," said Shay Runion, Arrow pest expert. "It's no longer a case of if you will get termites, but when." Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, and many homeowners are not aware that their homeowner's insurance, most likely doesn't cover termite damage. Termites are present year round and homeowners should look for a 24/7 system to protect their homes, such as the new Sentricon® termite colony elimination system with Always Active® technology.
  3. Bed Bugs: Without a doubt, 2010 was the year of the bed bug. Making quite the resurgence, these pests dominated headlines worldwide - creating quite the ruckus. Unfortunately, 2011 promises to be no different due to these pests' increased resistance to some treatment methods and their sophisticated hitchhiking abilities. Additionally, bed bug populations will continue to grow since most homeowners aren't aware they have bed bugs until there is an infestation. The size of an apple seed, bed bugs are often found hiding in mattress seams, bed frames, suitcases, boxes and shoes. They can also attach to clothing, making it easy for them to travel from place to place. Bed bugs require professional treatment. There is no home remedy that will work; vigilance is key in dealing with bed bugs.
  4. Fleas: In recent years, fleas have made a comeback in households across the United States - and not just in homes with pets. Fleas, like bed bugs, have become increasingly resistant to products currently on the market, which allows the breeding cycle to continue. Looking for a warm-blooded host to attack, family pets and humans are perfect candidates. To keep fleas from infesting the home, vacuum often and bathe furry loved ones frequently.
  5. Cockroaches: Cockroaches are one of the most dangerous pests to look out for in 2011. Carrying up to 33 different kinds of bacteria, research has shown that cockroaches can trigger asthma attacks in children. Since female cockroaches can lay up to 50 eggs at a time, a pest professional should be contacted immediately if an infestation is expected since these pests can populate quickly.

Arrow protects homes from infestations with the STEPSâ„¢ Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full home and property evaluation 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.