Home Owner Tips

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) includes eco-friendly things you can do around your home or business to help keep pests away. Here are some recommendations from Arrow Exterminators, Inc., the better bug people.

General Tips for Outside

  • – Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away from the foundation of your home.
  • – Keep ivy off you home.
  • – Keep overhanging limbs trimmed back, off your roof.
  • – Move mulch away from the foundation.
  • – Remove all lumber, tree stumps and other kinds of loose wood from the perimeter and crawl space of your home.
  • – Make sure attic vents, outside molding, and screens, are free of holes.
  • – Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of your home including areas where utilities and pipes enter your home. Mice and other four-legged critters love to sneak into your home through these small openings and chew through your electrical wires.
  • – Be aware of standing water. Small pools of water in your gutters and around the outside of your home can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes – transmitters of the potentially deadly West Nile Virus.
  • – Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off of the ground. Not only is it tasty to termites and other wood-destroying insects, it acts as a great hiding spot for them to use while they eat away at your home.
  • – Keep garbage in sealed bags or closed containers.
  • – Regularly inspect the exterior of your home for possible pest entrance ways. Keep your eyes peeled for things like mud tubes created by termites and long branches that extend over your roofs and gutters.
  • – Keep gutters free of debris.

General Tips for Inside

  • – Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • – Install Automatic Temp-Vents.
  • – Inspect boxes, grocery bags, and other packaging thoroughly to curb “hitchhiking” insects.
  • – Keep garbage areas clean and dispose of it regularly.
  • – Repair any leaky faucets and seal any cracks and gaps around the home’s foundation.
  • – Make sure food in your kitchen, including pet food is stored in sealed containers to help keep pantry pests from invading your home.

Seasonal Informational and Tips

Spring:
Termites swarm and reproduce in the spring. Usually underground and out of sight, the termite “swarmers” come out this time of year and are quite visible. Swarming ants are often mistaken for swarming termites. Have your home inspected to be confident that your home is not in danger of a termite infestation. Visit our “bug library” to see the difference between swarming termites and swarming ants. Many other insects come out of hibernation in the spring and begin to replenish their colonies. Spring is a good time to have a general pest control preventative treatment for your home.

Summer:
The insects which begin to build up in spring, continue throughout the summer months. Ants have been a huge pest problem in recent years. A detailed inspection will determine what type of ant is bugging you and a treatment plan designed for you will keep these pests in check. Bees, wasps, and hornets are also a threat in summer. These stinging insects can be a serious health threat to those who are allergic to them. Keep in mind that even a non-allergic person, if stung repeatedly, can be subjected to a life-threatening situation. Mosquitoes too, are a serious summertime nuisance. Some carry the West Nile Virus or Equine Encephalitis.

Fall:
While you may think that fall will bring you bug relief, certain bees, wasps, flies and beetles, will be trying to set up a cozy home in your wall voids or attics at this time. They know that the cold is coming and they must find a warm spot to “over-winter”. Rodents are also trying to find warmth. Customer calls to our office for mice and even rats making their way into your home environment increase dramatically during the fall months.

Winter:
Pest challenges that you encounter during the fall months will increase as the weather gets colder. Before to the first cold snap of winter is a great time to install Automatic Temp-Vents, which open and close based on the outside temperature. On warm sunny days they will open and let in the warmth. At night time or cold days, they will close. By trapping the warm air in your crawl area you save significantly on heating bills. This makes the Automatic Temp-Vent a fine “green” choice for your home.

If you would like more homeowner tips and other bug-related information, visit pestworld.org.

Know your do-it-yourself limitations. Although there are measures you can take yourself to safeguard your home against pests, there are limits to what you can accomplish on your own. Are you willing to crawl around your attic for signs of mice? Do you know the difference between an Argentine ant and a carpenter ant? And, it is a pretty safe bet that the typical homeowner does not have the tools or know-how to detect termites hidden deep within your walls. As pest professionals, Arrow Exterminators, Inc. has the training in pest biology and pest behavior that enables us to identify and responsibly treat all kinds of pest problems with professional grade products and application expertise.

Contact Arrow Exterminators, Inc. at the first sign of pest-related infestation or damage. The sooner we know about the problem, the faster we can make it go away, ultimately saving you money.  Call us with what’s bugging you. 336.273.6253.