f you watch the local news, you may have seen the pest control industry got a fair amount of attention this fall since the overwintering pests like stink bugs caused more than their fair share of trouble (and are likely to continue to do so in the spring). It’s always good to have a reminder about the important steps you can take to pest-proof your home each season. Check out a our recent press release below.
KEEP PESTS FROM HAUNTING THE HOUSE THIS HALLOWEEN
Knoxville, TN, October 2013 – Ghosts, goblins, and witches won’t be the only creatures trying to spook homeowners this Halloween. Russell’s Pest Control advises people to be on the lookout for real-life ghoulish pests lurking around neighborhoods, including rodents, bats and spiders.
“As the temperature continues to drop, many of these creepy critters will seek respite from the winter chill – often within the confines our homes,” said Mark Nadolski, Owner/General Manager for the Russell’s Pest Control. “Once inside, rodents and other pests can do more than just provide their fair share of scares. They are capable of contaminating food, spreading disease and posing a threat to our property.”
Rodents can spread salmonella and hantavirus and create fire hazards by gnawing through electrical wires in the home. Bats are frequent carriers of rabies, which is potentially fatal if left untreated, and some species of spiders can administer a painful bite when disturbed.
To keep these pests from haunting the house this Halloween, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following tips:
Seal any cracks or crevices with caulk and steel wool. Pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark secluded areas, like attics and belfries.
Screen attic vents and openings to chimney.
Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
Eliminate sources of moisture, especially in crawl spaces and basements.
Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.