Santa might not be the only thing sliding down your chimney this season

It’s no secret that summer is prime time for bugs invading your homes, but what about winter? As much as you might not want to believe it, you can have as many pests invading your home in the winter as you do in the summer. The top bugs to watch out for are:

  1. Winged carpenter ants
  2. Cluster fly
  3. Mice
  4. Rats
  5. Bed bugs
  6. Fruit fly
  7. Moth fly
  8. Spiders
  9. Overwintering insects
  10. Firewood pests

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While the majority of those are well-known insects a few of them might be new to you. Cluster flies could be flies that sneak into the house along with guests, or through propped doors. These flies are not hazardous to your health because they do not lay eggs in human food. Overwintering insects could be used to describe many types of insects, but it is most frequently used to describe how certain bugs hibernate in the winter. Firewood pests is a term used to describe the pests that are carried in through firewood for a stove or fireplace. 

There are steps that home and business owners can take themselves to prevent these pests from joining their families during the holidays.  

Exterior prevention includes treating the foundation and the cracks and crevices of the home and the eaves as necessary. It is recommended to seal the entry points by the air conditioning entry where the utility lines come into the house. Rodent traps can be placed inside garage doors as well as by the air conditioning unit. All spider webs should be knocked down and any dead insects should be vacuumed up from the basement or anywhere else in the home or business. Caps can be placed on chimneys to prevent rodents or nuisance animals from entering the home. 

All of the above prevention methods can be done by home or business owners, or Epcon Lane offers all of these services! Call for an appointment today! 330.724.0007

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Epcon Lane now WBENC certified!

Epcon Lane has recently become WBENC certified.

“The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States.” (www.wbenc.org)

“We are excited to offer it as an achievement that will benefit our customers who have goals to reach doing business with certified small business enterprises” says owner, Leslie Wyman.

To become certified, Epcon Lane had to complete the following steps:

  • Applicant company must be at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents,or in the case of any publicly-owned business, at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the equity of which is owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents; and
  • Whose management and daily operation is controlled by one or more of the women owners.
  • WBENC uses a two part process to ensure that the applicant company meets the WBENC Standards.   This will include a thorough review of the documentation presented and a site visit interview with the female owner(s).

Becoming certified be WBENC is not only a huge honor, but it allows Epcon Lane access to many other companies that are run by women.  This means that Epcon Lane has the privilege to join a community of successful businesses run by women and gain support and knowledge from said businesses.

This certification is a national recognition that Epcon Lane is a women owned entity. Companies that have federal grants or do business with national corporations are often expected to do business with a percentage of certified WBENC companies and Epcon Lane can now help these companies to meet their metrics.  Companies are encouraged to call or email if they need a copy of the certification.  Epcon Lane also continues to maintain their status as an A+ Accredited business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

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Raccoons invading your home?

Now that it is getting cold out, many animals will be searching for a safe and warm place to settle.  Raccoons are often the critters that decide to crawl in your attic to try and stay out of the snowy outdoors.  

Although it is possible to remove raccoons by yourself, there are often many mistakes that people make when attempting this:

1. Wait for the raccoon to leave, then seal off the entrance.

        This is a bad idea because more often than not, there are babies are involved and all this ends up doing is sealing the babies in the attic.

2. Smoke it out of the chimney

        Once again, usually babies are involved.  While this method may get the adult out, the babies are too young and weak to crawl and this method will result in killing the babies. 

Epcon Lane is licensed in removing these types of animals from your home.  They have received their Ohio Department of Natural Resources License (ODNR) and can help homeowners and business owners to remove animals like raccoons, but also skunks, birds, pigeons, possums and more.

Relying on a business such as Epcon Lane will result in these animals being removed from your property properly, humanely, and safe for all parties. 

More information can be found on http://allstateanimalcontrol.com/animals/raccoons/, or call Epcon Lane for any questions or to schedule an appointment! 330.724.0007

Will bed bugs be joining you over the holidays?

Visiting family over the holidays? Or are your son or daughter getting ready to come home from college for break? What steps are you taking to prevent bed bugs from being your unwanted holiday guest?

It is very important to understand exactly what bed bugs are, as well as understanding all of the steps you can take to prevent them from invading your home.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention answers many questions that one might have on bed bugs.

Aside from those already answered questions, what questions do you have that Epcon Lane can help with?

pest control and twitter

It’s no secret that Twitter is taking over the world, so there should be no surprise that it has invaded pest control too.  Being connected is very important, and while there are websites that you can visit to help with pest control questions, Twitter is also a great resource!  There are many Twitter accounts out there, besides @EpconLanePestCo, that can help with pest control needs and a few of them are @PCTMagazine,

PCT Magazine (@PCTMagazine) is a news and information resource for the structural pest control industry.  This specific Twitter account is directly out of Richfield, Ohio.  The aim of these tweets are to inform the readers what is happening in the industry of pest control.  Their tweets usually involve a news article about something large scale that is happening in the United States, or even around the world.  One example of their tweets,

Dan Collins talks about ‘Rodent Control in the Trenches’ in the most recent PCT Podcast: http://bit.ly/GGtpto 

Clean Brands (@CleanBrands) is a very useful Twitter account that provides information on bed bug and allergen bedding protection which blocks dust mites and bed bugs.  Following this Twitter account will help each reader gain information on the different way they can protect their home from dust mites and bed bugs.  Here is one of their tweets showing just how to get a better nights sleep,

“Block Out #Allergens and #Sleep Better http://ow.ly/pysvG 

Burr Pest Control (@BurrPestControl) is a company that is similar to Epcon Lane and is located in Illinois.  This Twitter could be very useful to follow because they have very beneficial information that they share with their audience members.  This is an example of one of their valuable tweets about household pests that Epcon Lane also takes care of,

Signs of mice in the house? Keep pests out this Winter! http://hub.am/18qXnex  http://fb.me/2n7qUQNE8 

stink bugs are taking over, and they’re not leaving

While there have always been stink bugs in Ohio, the newest breed called brown marmorated stink bugs are now taking over and are not planning on leaving anytime soon.  These shield-shaped insects make their way into homes by crawling through holes and cracks in the house.  Their favorite entryway is through windows that are not so tightly sealed.  Stink bugs do not bite or sting, but let off a fetid odor when killed.

They surface in June and mate and lay eggs through August, but begin turning in when the weather starts to get cold.  The bugs usually end up leaving Ohio, but it is starting to look like they are here to stay.

An article from News Net 5 stated,

“Those stink bugs will probably be a yearly occurrence from now on,” Ron Hammond, an entomologist with Ohio State University Extension in Wooster, told The Columbus Dispatch.

More from News Net 5 can be read here.

Besides being a nuisance in your home, these pests have also been spotted on soybean and corn.  In a study done at The Ohio State University by Andy Michel, Raman Bansal, and Ronald B. Hammond they found that,

“The brown stink bug occurs as a corn pest mainly in early summer during vegetative growth stages, where they will feed on young leaves, resulting in a series of identical holes across the leaf. “

For more information from the OSU study can be found here.

There are many simple steps that one can take to try and prevent these pesky bugs from entering the home.  These steps, provided by pestworld.org are as follows:

  1. stink bugseal off entry points
  2. replace and repair screens on windows and doors
  3. turn off the lights
  4. reduce moisture sites
  5. eliminate food sources
  6. ventilate basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces
  7. check your belongings before bringing them indoors
  8. properly landscape
  9. think before squishing
  10. use a vacuum for their removal

Do not forget that the infestation of stink bugs can be prevented!  The best time to pretreat is in the fall, so call Epcon Lane today at 330.724.0007 and receive your exterior treatment today before those pesky pests make their way into your home!