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

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