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!