Arrow Exterminators Blog

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do Your Part to Protect Mother Earth with These Simple STEPS

Cindy Mannes Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Did you know that Earth Day is April 22? This special day encourages everyone to take a moment to think about their impact on our environment.

At Arrow Exterminators, we have integrated sustainability into our every day routines
with STEPS® - short for "Sustainability Through Environmental Practices and Solutions." Our technicians put this philosophy into action on a daily basis, striving to treat homes in the most effective and environmentally responsible way possible.

Homeowners often ask us what they can do to control pests in a sustainable way. We thought Earth Day was the perfect time to provide some earth-friendly tips from our experts that can be easily adopted to prevent pests from entering the home:

• Prevent rodents, such as mice, rats and squirrels, from intruding indoors by carefully inspecting for cracks and crevices around the home, sealing all possible entry ways;

• Prevent flying insects from entering the home by checking screen doors and windows for tears or holes. Additionally, check to ensure that screens are properly fitted, without any gaps;

• Keep wildlife out of attics by adding screens to vents and the openings of chimneys;

• Prevent mosquito and ant infestations by eliminating standing water and other sources of moisture in and around the home;

• Keep spiders from hitching a ride indoors by storing firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground;

• Prevent wildlife from encroaching and snacking on food by keeping trash stored in thick plastic or metal garbage cans, sealed tightly with a lid at all times;

• Prevent cockroach infestations by keeping basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry; and

• Help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs by vacuuming frequently.

Which of these tips do you find the most helpful? Comment below with your favorite and have a happy Earth Day!