Top five pests most likely to cause homeowners problems

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Pests have long been a threat to the quality of life we all enjoy. Their ability to transmit disease, spread bacteria and cause significant damage to property presents a real challenge for families and homeowners. To help prepare homeowners for 2014, Arrow Exterminators has prepared the top five pests most likely to cause problems this year.

Ants: Ants continue to be one of the most common pests that invade homes. With over 700 species in the U.S. alone and all requiring different methods of treatment, ants are also one of the most difficult for homeowners to control without professional assistance. If ants are spotted in the home, contact a licensed pest professional immediately to prevent an infestation.

Fleas: Flea populations are booming in households across the U.S. and not just in homes with pets. Fleas, a lot like bed bugs, have become increasingly resistant to common treatment methods allowing the breeding cycle to continue. Always on the lookout for a warm-blooded host to attack, family pets and humans are the perfect candidates. To help reduce the chances of fleas infesting the home, vacuum often and bathe furry friends frequently.  

Termites: In some areas, it's not about if a home will encounter termites, but when. Termites continue to be one of the most significant threats to property causing nearly $5 billion in property damage annually and the damage is rarely covered by homeowners insurance. "Termite infestations continue to create huge financial issues for homeowners," said Shay Runion, Arrow pest expert. "To safeguard their property, homeowners should make sure they have a 24/7/365 termite protection plan for their home and have it inspected annually by a licensed pest professional."  

Rodents: Mild temperatures have provided an abundant food source and the perfect breeding conditions for many types of rodents. The household intruders can transmit diseases, cause real damage inside a home and often bring with them other pests like fleas, ticks and mites. They also reproduce very quickly making them nearly impossible to control without the help of a professional.

Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are a constant battle for everyone across the region for most of the year. While they are most known for the red, itchy welts they leave behind on their victims, mosquitoes can also transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis. They only need very small amounts of stagnant water to breed and take just 7-10 days to develop from egg to adult.  

For more advice on how to take care of your home or if you're hoping to buy or sell your home, contact Prudential Select Properties at (314) 835-6000 or visit us at www.discoverstl.com today!

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