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2009 Fall Newsletter

Thursday, August 20, 2009 – In this issue, you will find pest prevention tips to help prepare your home for fall. Changing temperatures and moisture levels in fall often trigger pests like rodents and spiders to look indoors for warmth and shelter. By teaming up with your Orkin specialist, you can help keep these pesky invaders outside where they belong.

Orkin@Home: Keeping Pests in Their Place
Fall 2009 Issue
Welcome to the first issue of Orkin@Home, Orkin’s guide to keeping pests in their place™. In this issue, you will find pest prevention tips to help prepare your home for fall. Changing temperatures and moisture levels in fall often trigger pests like rodents and spiders to look indoors for warmth and shelter. By teaming up with your Orkin specialist, you can help keep these pesky invaders outside where they belong.

Act Now to Keep Pests Out this Fall

While you may associate bugs with summer, many pests are active year round, including cockroaches and rodents. As fall’s cooler temperatures and drier weather approach, pests will need warm places to nest — and may find the perfect spots inside your home.

Orkin Therm House

“Just like us, pests need food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperatures to survive,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin technical director. “Before cool weather arrives, partner with your pest specialist to identify and reduce pest entry points, and any food and water sources that can attract pests to your home.”

Ron recommends these tips to help keep pests out of your home:

  • Trim branches and plants away from the home to avoid easy access.
  • Seal cracks around door and window frames, and install door sweeps to help keep out pests — and cool air.
  • Remove leaves and other debris from gutters to reduce food, moisture and shelter for pests.

As you might guess, gaps around your home’s foundation, windows, doors and utility access points can provide space for pests to get inside. Plus, attics and crawl spaces are common pest habitats. Orkin can help target these entry points with Orkin-Therm, an environmentally-responsible attic insulation service that helps keep warm air in and pests out, and Orkin DryZone, a service that helps reduce pest-attracting moisture in crawl spaces.

Contact your Orkin specialist today to learn how you can work together this fall to help protect your home from pests.

 

Spider

The Truth Behind the Web

Did you know that seeing spiders can be a warning sign that insects are in your home? Most spiders eat insects, so if you see webs, they likely have found a food source in your home.

Save the spooks for Halloween and tell your Orkin specialist about any spider activity as soon as possible.

More Spider Facts

 

Rat

Keys to Reducing Rodent Activity

Before temperatures begin to drop, help your pest specialist protect your home with these three tips:

  1. Seal holes around windows, doors and plumbing/electrical entry points. Holes as small as dimes or quarters can allow mice and rats to squeeze into your home.
  2. Point gutters away from the house to prevent a ready moisture source for rodents.
  3. Keep firewood and vegetation — potential shelter for pests — several feet from your foundation.

The more pest-friendly habitats you remove around your home, the less likely rodents are to crawl inside this fall.

More Rodent Tips

Make Your Home Comfortable for Everyone Except Pests: Orkin Coupon Fight The BiteHelp Orkin purchase insecticide-treated mosquito bed nets through the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign — a global, grassroots effort dedicated to saving lives by preventing malaria in Africa.