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2010 Spring Newsletter

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

- Increased rainfall and warmer spring temperatures often lead to an uptick in activity
from rodents, ants, termites and other pests around homes. This issue highlights
spring pest warning signs, prevention techniques and control tips to discuss with
your Orkin specialist.

Orkin@Home: Keeping Pests in Their Place
Spring 2010 Issue
Welcome to Orkin@Home, Orkin’s guide to helping you prevent and control pests inside
your home. Increased rainfall and warmer spring temperatures often lead to an uptick
in activity from rodents, ants, termites and other pests around homes. This issue
highlights spring pest warning signs, prevention techniques and control tips to
discuss with your Orkin specialist.

Use Spring Cleaning to Reduce Pest Activity

Just like us, many pests begin to stir from their winter lull with spring’s warmer
temperatures. The combination of moisture and more temperate weather provides ideal
conditions for pests to become more active — potentially inside your home. Orkin Man with a customer
“Traditional spring cleaning chores like airing out closets, dusting, vacuuming
and pulling out warm-weather clothes can uncover pest habitats,” said Ron Harrison,
Ph.D., Orkin technical director. “While indoor cleaning is important, you also should
check the outside of your home for landscaping and repair issues that can provide
access and moisture for pests.” Throughout the spring cleaning process, look for
signs of pest activity and update your Orkin specialist with all relevant details.
Information like what, where, when and how many pests you see can help your specialist
develop a customized treatment plan to control pests around your home — and prevent
reinfestations. A few
common risk factors
and tips to resolve these issues include:

  • Check for cobwebs in closets, near light fixtures and around door frames. Spiders
    eat insects and can be a warning sign that other pests are active inside your home.
  • Keep mulch and other landscaping at least six inches from your foundation. Plants
    and tree branches can offer pests shelter and access to your home.
  • Inspect your gutters to make sure they point away from the home. Excess
    water around your home can provide the moisture pests need to live and breed.

 

Ant

Learn How and Why Ants Enter Your Home

Nature’s original junk food eaters, ants enter homes and spoil picnics on their
quest for protein, or sweet or greasy food. Ants are the number one pest problem
in the U.S. and can be difficult to control without the help of a trained professional.
Since ants range in size from 1/32-inch to 1/2-inch long, use caulk to seal even
the smallest openings around pipes and cables entering your home. More Ant Facts & Tips

Termites

Spot Warning Signs for Termite Activity

Termites are stealthy pests that nest and can cause damage in your home — from the
inside out. While termites are active year-round, spring swarms typically are the
most visible warning sign of a possible infestation. You can help reduce the likelihood
of an infestation with these steps:

  • Schedule regular inspections with your Orkin specialist to monitor activity.
  • Seal cracks around eaves and walls to help limit entry points.
  • Reduce moisture and wood sources, such as firewood stored close to
    your home.

More Termite Warning
Signs & Prevention Tips

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