During the Holiday Season Keep Nuisance Wildlife Outdoors

READING, Pa., December 10, 2014 — Homeowners work hard to keep their homes safe and healthy during the holiday season. Uninvited guests, especially small, furry rodents, are never welcome at any time of the year, but especially at holiday time. The Rentokil family of pest control companies (Ehrlich Pest Control, Western Exterminator and Presto-X Pest Control), provide tips on how to prevent nuisance wildlife from getting inside the home.

“The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that finding any wildlife in your home can be a very unsettling experience at any time of year, but particularly as you are busy planning your holiday fun,” said Nancy Troyano, PhD, entomologist for Rentokil. “The important thing to remember is that pests can enter a structure through very small openings including openings as small as a dime, making it easy for them to find a way indoors and quickly cause a full-blown infestation. Additionally, and equally important, is the concern that they can potentially harbor and spread disease. However, unwanted pests can be prevented with some simple precautions.”

Rentokil NA, along with The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), recommends the following steps to keep nuisance wildlife from entering your home:

  • Seal any cracks or small openings with the appropriate filler, such as caulks, sealants or copper mesh, and pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark secluded areas, like attics and belfries.
  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Install door sweeps.
  • Repair any loose siding or shingles.
  • Store trashcans and recycling bins indoors or use tight-fitting lids if kept outdoors.
  • Bring pet food dishes inside at night to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Keep tree limbs cut back at least six to eight feet from the roofline.
  • Keep woodpiles elevated and at least 15 feet from the house
  • Remove holiday trees away from the home while waiting for trash pick-up.

For more information on wildlife habits and how to protect your home, visit www.rentokil.com

About Rentokil North America
Rentokil North America is part of Rentokil Initial plc, one of the world’s largest and most diverse business service companies, operating in more than 50 countries worldwide. Ehrlich Pest Control (www.jcehrlich.com), Western Exterminator (www.westernexterminator.com), and Presto-X Pest Control (www.prestox.com) are all part of the Rentokil family of pest control companies in North America. They provide commercial and residential pest control, bioremediation, bird control, vegetation management, deer repellent services, wild-animal trapping and termite control from more than 200 local offices in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.