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December 5, 2011
This time of year we all hear the typical public service announcements on TV and Radio, from all of the New York area Fire Departments, talking about the risks of fire from open candles, dry Christmas trees, and overloaded electrical outlets and extension cords… but they don’t tell the WHOLE story about fire risks during the holiday season – FIRES CAUSED BY PESTS.
Knockout Pest Control customers who receive our “KNOCKOUT IN YOUR CORNER ONLINE NEWSLETTER” already know about the fire risks that invading pests can cause. It is just this holiday time of year, when the weather gets colder that many pests who once found the out of doors a great place to inhabit, are now seeking out warmer and more habitable quarters to spend the cold and snowy winter months. And along with their furry and feathery selves they bring ALL of their disease transmitting, parasitic carrying, and destructive negativity.
Rodents, like mice and rats gnaw on electrical wires, even metal conduit cables, gas lines, and water pipes. Add the tiniest of spark to the mounds of combustible nesting materials they have gathered and BOOM – a fire starts within a wall void, within a ceiling joist space, or in a basement filled with boxes, old paint cans, and maybe an oil or natural gas burner.
Or consider the birds, which build overwintering nests around heat ducts and air/heating compressors. These warm nests hold in the warm exhaust these units expel. Soon these toasty nests get more than dry and warm but turn into great kindling material. A clogged exhaust fan motor gets pretty hot and makes a great fire starter and BOOM – there is a fire on the roof.
Fires caused by pests aren’t restricted to commercial properties, residential home owners experience fires caused by pests in the thousands each year.
So, as you hear the public service announcements about fire safety, checking the charge on your fire extinguishers, and that now is also the time to change the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – DON’T FORGET to CHECK OUT YOUR PROPERTY for PEST INVASIONS. A routine walk around and walk through your property looking for the tell tale signs of pest encroachment can’t be a better way to prevent fires.
If you’re not sure what to look for, or can’t access the places you think there might be a potential problem, call an expert. Yeah, at KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL we can check out an entire residential or commercial structure and spot a problem OR better yet… give the A-OKAY that all is well. Either way you’ll have the peace of mind that if you do have an issue WE are there to solve the problem and in most cases prevent any potential of a future problem.
Don’t wait until the snows fall – checkout your property’s integrity TODAY!!!
COMMENT BY: Rene K. Lattingtown - 12/10/11
You couldn’t be more right. I bought an old house and I recently redid the kitchen. When the contractors opened the walls it was obvious that there were areas of old chewed knob and post wires and tiny spots where there were once there were smoldering fires within the walls. We counted 9 different spots. Thank goodness those fires never burned down the house and that the lines weren’t live anymore. The contractor showed me several signs of old rodent damage. I found this website while searching for a company in Nassau that offered an in ground termite system, but I think after seeing the old signs of rodent infestation, maybe I should look into getting a year round exterminator contract. You sound like you know your business. I just wanted to let you know that I found your site and this blog of yours more than informative.
ARTHUR M. KATZ
The short biography
Arthur M. Katz is president of Knockout Pest Control in Uniondale which he founded in 1975, and which serves the New York metropolitan area.He is an expert in termite, bed bug, rodent, bird, carpenter ant and bee/wasp control. Katz is recognized as an innovator in the field of pest management, his company, Knockout was one of the first companies to be chosen by Dow AgroSciences to offer the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System commercially in 1995, and is the forerunner in the use of the electronic Sentricon detection technology. These systems offer property owners protection from termite infestation utilizing an environmentally responsible solution. It was important to Katz to be able to provide property owners with “green” sound alternatives. He is past president of the New York State Pest Management Association and is a past board member of the National Pest Management Association. Most recently, Knockout donated over $20,000 worth of termite prevention and protection to Nassau County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums for use at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
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