Spring Weather Brings Spring Pest

Despite Varying Temperatures, First Day Of Spring Signals Increased Pest Activity In Many Regions Of The Country

Tips from Orkin Help Homeowners Guard against Springtime Pests

ATLANTA – March 20, 2007 – Despite the February chill still gripping many parts of the country, March 21st marks the official first day of spring – the season when pests typically spring into action. According to experts at Orkin, Inc., the 106-year-old pest control company, Americans can act now to guard against infestations in the warmer months ahead.

“Temperature and moisture extremes – like recent snows in the Northeast and high temperatures in the Southwest – significantly impact pest activity,” said entomologist Ron Harrison, Ph. D., Director of Training and Orkin’s Training Center. “And pests that have been dormant during colder months become more active with increased temperatures.”

Spiders, bees, wasps, termites, ants, ladybugs, blow flies, gnats, aphids, pantry pests such as Indian meal moths and others will soon appear, as they thrive in climates with sustained temperatures of 60 degrees.

Orkin’s pest specialists across the country expect both increasing temperatures and pest activity in the coming weeks, proving that the first day of spring marks the beginning of a warmer season – pest season. As temperatures rise, Americans can expect to see increased activity from certain pests in different regions of the country:

  • Northeast: carpenter ants
  • Southeast: cockroaches, spiders, bees and wasps, fire ants, carpenter ants and ladybug beetles
  • Central/Midwest: cockroaches, spiders, box elder bugs and ants – especially carpenter ants
  • Northwest: bees and ants – especially carpenter ants
  • Rocky Mountain area: ants
  • Arizona/New Mexico area: bees, spiders and ants

“Warm-weather pests are more than just a nuisance,” said Harrison. “Many pests present potential health risks for you and your family.”

Bees and wasps pose a risk for humans through toxic reactions to their venom and through allergic reactions. Black widow and brown recluse spiders possess poisonous glands that can cause skin irritation, nerve damage and infection. Pantry pests carry harmful bacteria that can contaminate food and products on your shelves.

According to Harrison, homeowners should act now to reduce pest activity in and around homes:

  • Seal interior and exterior cracks.
  • Fit screens and tighten seals on doors and windows.
  • Keep ventilation systems clear and running.
  • Vacuum regularly.
  • Keep all food containers and non-perishables tightly sealed.
  • Pick up pet food at night, and don’t feed pets outdoors.
  • Wipe counters, wash dirty dishes and remove trash daily.
  • Keep plants and mulch two to three feet from homes because they attract many insects.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water.

 

About Orkin, Inc.

 

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees in the United States and Canada serve approximately 1.7 million customers. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc., which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ROL). Learn more about Orkin by visiting www.orkin.com and www.rollins.com.