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Real Spiders, Mice and Rats Can Make Your Halloween Spookier This Year


Catseye Pest Control professionals busy fighting pests and rodents this season

Castleton, NY (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

Spiders, mice and rats may not ring doorbells to trick-or-treat, but homeowners can bet they are entering houses this season. As the weather cools, reports of rodent entry are rising throughout the country, and spider infestations can be equally problematic. As homeowners decorate for Halloween, it is important to watch out for signs of real rodents and spiders in their homes, as these pests can cause serious health issues.

Throughout the fall season, colder weather has forced rats and mice indoors, where they have now settled in basements, attics, sheds and walls across the United States. When it comes to health, rodent eviction is extremely important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rodents can spread more than 35 diseases, such as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Salmonellosis and Rat-Bite Fever. Hantavirus, in the news recently due to the Summer 2012 outbreak at Yosemite National Park, sickened 587 people in the United States between 1993 and 2011.

Rodent-carried diseases can be transmitted from direct contact with rodents, as well as the ingestion or inhalation of dust containing droppings and urine. The disposal of old boxes and piles in attic and basement spaces will help remove established nesting areas for these rodents. Remember that rodent eyesight is poor, and thus the disruption of the scent left by habitats will help rodents to move elsewhere.

A variety of spiders dwell in houses across America. Cellar Spiders, more commonly known as Daddy Longlegs, spin large webs in dark and damp areas such as basements and attics. These spiders, although intimidating with their long legs, are beneficial due to their insect-catching webs. Cellar Spiders are known to catch more dangerous spiders, such as the Hobo Spider, Brown Recluse Spider and the Black Widow Spider, whose bites can be harmful to both humans and pets. Unfortunately, these spiders are making webs in and around houses, as well, and coming in contact with them can lead to bites causing localized pain and itching, and other less frequent effects such as headache, nausea, skin infections and fever. When digging through attics or basements for holiday decorations and decorate the perimeter of their houses, homeowners must make sure to check for webs and whether spider removal steps are necessary.

When putting away Halloween decorations and taking out Thanksgiving ones, it is important to take the opportunity to thoroughly clean storage spaces and look for spider webs, rodent droppings and cracks in the walls and flooring that would allow pest entry. Spider and rodent populations grow extremely quickly. For any questions or concerns, make sure to call the professionals before there is a pest control situation scarier than Halloween's most haunted house. For more information about Catseye and its spider and rodent removal services, visit

About Catseye Pest Control

Catseye Pest Control is a privately-held corporation servicing residential and commercial institutions. Catseye started in East Greenbush, NY as a one-man operation going door-to-door and building relationships with each customer. Today, Catseye has more than 75 employees operating in New York, Massachusetts, Nevada and California. Taking great pride in maintaining a reputation of being the top pest control service in markets served, Catseye is one of the few elite companies in the nation to receive the Quality Pro Badge, the mark of excellence in pest management. Additional information can be found at, Facebook or Twitter @catseyepest.

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