Creepy, Crawly Pests Can be a Nightmare for Homeowners

The below article is a good read and applies to the Dallas and Fort Worth pest and rodent control market. Halloween is a good time to make sure your Fort Worth Dallas home or business is pest-proofed before the cold weather gets here to stay. Dallas and Fort Worth customers are calling with problems that relate to rodents along with ants, roaches and termites. During winter time these pests along with many others tend to forge towards warm areas. Be sure to inspect your home during these next few months to see if you have any unwanted pests living in or around your home or business. If you discover these rodents or other pest then you should exclude them out of the infested area.

The National Pest Management Association recommends tips to keep your home from turning into a haunted house this Halloween

It’s no wonder that haunted houses are decorated with fake rats, rubber bats, plastic spiders and stringy spider webs. After all, having these pests in your home can be a true nightmare – and unlike the spooky decorations, real pests can hang around long after Halloween is over. In order to keep your home from turning into a haunted house, the National Pest Management Association recommends that homeowners take steps to pest-proof
this Halloween.

“In the fall, we often hear from homeowners who are dealing with pests like
, bats and
, so it’s no coincidence they are associated with Halloween,” explains Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Halloween is a fun celebration of all things creepy, crawly, but the holiday also serves as a reminder that the real-life versions of these
pests can cause serious issues
inside our homes.”

Spiders, while beneficial in controlling other bug populations in the home, can sometimes bite humans.
Brown recluse spiders
, for example, inject poisonous venom with their bites. These spiders are commonly found in woodpiles, basements and closets.

Bats tend to enter our homes through chimneys or vents, and may hide out in attics or other dark, secluded areas of a home. Infected bats can spread rabies, and their droppings can spread organisms that cause the lung disease, histoplasmosis.

Rodents like
can spread hantavirus and contaminate food. They can also gnaw on electrical wires, which can spark fires.

The NPMA offers these tips for preventing a pest infestation this Halloween season:

  • Seal cracks around the home’s exterior, especially where pipes and wiring enter homes.
  • Do not leave food lying around, as it attracts pests.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • If you see signs of an infestation in your home,
    contact a licensed pest professional

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