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The Best Ways to Prevent Termite Activity

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As spring draws near, people start to see signs of potential termite infestation in their home or office. Termites can chew their way into the foundation of your home or office without being detected. Such infestation of termites can compromise structural stability and incur thousands of dollars in damages without you even realizing it.

Detecting Termite Infestation

Peeling paint that resembles water damage, small, pinpoint holes in drywall, flying termite swarms anywhere on your property, and most commonly, damaged wood, can all be signs of termites in your home. Our pest control experts state that the moment you recognize any termite activity, take immediate steps to counteract them, or there may be expensive consequences.

Fixing Water Leaks Inside or Outside

Termites need water, and if they find any source of water leakage, they immediately colonize there. It is recommended to repair any leaky faucet, water pipes, and air conditioning units. Divert water away from building foundations. Eliminating water supplies will force the termites to look elsewhere for colonizing.

Remove the Debris

Our pest control experts put special emphasis on removing any blockage or debris from gutters or drainage pipes to eliminate any moisture leakage. Removing debris means reducing leakage and in turn, preventing termites.

● Dry Perimeter

While everyone knows the damage that water can do to the inside of a home, the outside perimeter of the home is often neglected. While this may seem harmless, our professionals for pest control in Pennsylvania have pointed out that letting water collect around the perimeter is an open invitation for termites to colonize. Keeping the inside and outside of your house dry can help prevent termite infestation.

● Avoid Heavy Vegetation

Most office and home pest control remedies usually fail due to the presence of heavy vegetation. These serve as key areas to trap moisture and for termites to support their colonies. Vegetation, in turn, serves as the gateway for the termites to reach the wooden structures in homes or offices. Keep the vegetation to a minimum or move it away from potential wood and water sources to eliminate support sources for termites.

● Proper Ventilation

Whenever our pest control experts inspect your home, they will immediately look for proper ventilation sources. Good ventilation will remove any moisture source and keep the premises dry, lessening the danger of termite colonization.

● Keep Wood and Lumber Away from Structures

Dry wood or lumber in the yard serves as an invitation for termites. Our pest control experts have always indicated that the most common way termites emerge is due to the presence of dry wood – a perfect place for termites to form their colony. Always store wood and lumber away from your home.

Even when you’ve taken all the proper precautionary measures, termites can be tough to spot and get rid of. Call Complete Pest Solutions, the professional pest control services in Pennsylvania and Ohio, for an inspection if you suspect these destructive pests have invaded your home.

Expert Tips to Get Rid of Rodent Infestation at Home

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Having a rodent infestation is one of the most difficult pest control problems. In the fall and winter seasons, these troublesome creatures can make their way into your cozy, warm home and prove to be quite a nuisance. They can not only chew through your walls and pantry boxes, but they’ll gnaw on electrical wires, causing malfunctions, and even house fires. They can also lead to several health problems, including allergies and asthma.

It’s never too late to take measures to get rid of these creatures. Here are some tips from our expert pest control professionals to get rid of, or at least contain, them until professional help arrives.

● Seal Entry Points

An obvious tip is to look around for any entry points where these rodents enter or exit. Seal them using steel wool and caulking. The steel wool makes it difficult for rodents to chew through. Rodents also enter through damaged drain pipes, so check them regularly. Pest control solutions service providers can also handle the entry points without incurring any damage to your home.

● Eliminate Food Sources

One of the best methods for pest control at home is to eliminate any source that rodents can use as food. These critters are attracted to anything they can gnaw on. Store dry goods and pet food in plastic or metal containers with tightly closed lids. Wipe down counters, stovetops, and tabletops after each use.

● Clear the Clutter and Keep Trash Bins Closed

Clutter and open garbage bins are an invitation for rodents. Our experts in pest control recommend keeping your home tidy and bins closed to eliminate food sources and discourage potential infestations.

● Use Quality Mouse Traps

Rat traps are an easy and inexpensive way to get rid of rodents. Our pest control experts advise checking the traps regularly to dispose of or release any caught rodents.

● Call a Professional

Rodent infestation can cause serious problems to your home or garden, but using these tips can help prevent or end infestations. When things get really out of hand, professional pest control solutions and service providers have the necessary equipment and training to handle such infestations without doing any damage to your home. Contact Complete Pest Solutions if you’re concerned about mice invading your home or if you already have a problem.

Complete Pest Solutions Receives 2019 Best of Massillon Award

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Complete Pest Solutions Receives 2019 Best of Massillon Award

Massillon Award Program Honors the Achievement

MASSILLON December 17, 2019 — Complete Pest Solutions has been selected for the 2019 Best of Massillon Award in the Pest Control Services category by the Massillon Award Program.

Each year, the Massillon Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Massillon area a great place to live, work, and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Massillon Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Massillon Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Massillon Award Program

The Massillon Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Massillon area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Massillon Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Massillon Award Program

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Winter Pest Control: Expert Tips on Keeping Your Home Pest-Free

We were recently contacted by Ryan Smith from Redfin to contribute to the following article. Read on for tips from us and other pest control professionals on getting your home winter-ready!

Winter is here! That means more time spent inside away from chilly temperatures and drab weather outside. Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only ones that like to snuggle up and get out of the cold. Mice, cockroaches, spiders, and other critters could be lurking in the nooks and crannies of your home as you read this! Fortunately, we’ve gathered pest control experts from around the country to help you keep your home critter-free during colder months. Whether you’re in Salt Lake City or Providence, read on to hear what the experts recommend for keeping pests out of your home this winter!

Chase Goodeill, Pest Control Consultants: If you are looking for a way to keep the walls and ceiling voids of your home free of overwintering pests, consider the following tips:

• Use a caulking gun and quality caulk to seal up holes in your home’s exterior foundation, gaps around window and door frames, and gaps around utility piping.

• Clean regularly and in areas where you might usually miss such as in the basement and under furniture and appliances. (MICE LOVE CLUTTER)

• Reduce moisture around your home by installing dehumidifiers in particularly humid areas and by fixing leaks.

Ty Ashcraft, Holistic Pest Solutions: Did you know that the territory for a nest of rats can be up to 450 feet? Sealing up entry gaps smaller than 1/4” through the foundations of your home before pests mark it as a point of interest is important! Mice also often enter your home by coming up next to plumbing pipes, so using steel wool or copper mesh to close any open space around the pipes is a great way to help with control.

B & B Pest Control: Keep clean – rodents and other pests love dirty places with enough food for them to survive. This includes standing water or any other food or water sources that may be readily available to pests on your property.

Eric Clapper, Tri-X Pest Management: Spaces, Gaps, and Holes – Oh My! A gap the size of an adult pinky finger (1/4 inch) is large enough for mice to fit through. If it’s as big as an adult thumb (1/2 inch), a rat can squeeze in! And if you think that’s crazy, how about the fact that if your credit card can fit under, so can a scorpion! It’s a great time to check and fix or replace worn-out weather stripping around all windows and doors. Also, check for any other gaps or holes around that can be an easy entry access for pests to invade your home.

Pro Active Pest Control: Start with your yard. Make sure your landscaping and bushes are well-trimmed. This will increase airflow and decrease moisture that pests love. In the same way, trim back tree branches from the exterior of your home. Pests such as squirrels and rats use these overhangs to gain access to your roofline to get inside.

Complete Pest Solutions: While most people know that sealing holes and gaps in their home and its foundation is an important step in preventing pests from moving in, there’s an often-overlooked measure – gutter cleaning. Gutters filled with leaves and other debris give pests such as mosquitoes, ants, and even mice a place to breed and multiply… and then take up residence inside your home! Having your gutters cleaned is a simple solution in preventing and eliminating a variety of pest issues year-round, both inside and out.

Chris Ernst, Catchmaster: The most important, and most enduring, tip for pest-proofing your home this winter is exclusion. Exclusion is the process of sealing up your home to prevent rodents from getting inside. Give the exterior of your home a thorough inspection and seal up any possible entrance points like cracks in foundations or gaps in doorways. An adult mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime but, fortunately, an ounce of rodent prevention can be worth a pound of cure.

The Pest Rangers: Keeping rodents out should be a concern to homeowners as the temperature drops. Let’s face it just like us rodents want a warm place to shelter down in the colder months and have all the food and water they need in your home. Take a walk around your home looking for entry points such as cracks and pipe ways sealing them with caulking and steel wool. The steel wool makes it difficult for rodents to chew through.

Doug Nolan, New Mexico Pest Control: In the winter we typically see a big upsurge in rodent activity so be sure that your house is properly sealed against these pests. Check that all of your doors seal properly, especially garage doors as this is a common entry point. Don’t have firewood stacked up too close to the house as this not only attracts termites but rodents will also commonly nest in stacked firewood or other items left out in the yard.

Watchdog Pest Control: During the wintertime, pests try to get inside your home because it’s warmer. The best advice we could give to keep them out, would be to make sure that the doorways and windows of your home are properly sealed with caulk or weatherstripping. Those areas are often neglected by homeowners and are the most often used areas by pests to enter the home.

Originally published on Redfin

Dealing with your Mouse Problem

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Yes.  I know mice can be really cute!  That may be the case until you have to deal with them.  These furry critters often invade homes once the weather grows colder.

They will gnaw their way through your home, leaving droppings while tracking bacteria and disease. Along with a host of health hazards, there are known neurological and emotional effects resulting from a mouse infestation.

To address an infestation, your first move to determine just what you’re dealing with. It’s important to distinguish mice from rats and to identify the specific species that is causing your problems. Once you learn about several common species of mice that are found throughout homes, you can take steps to rid your property of them and prevent more from returning.

 

Common Traits

Mice range from small to medium in size. They generally grow around two to three inches as adults. Some can grow even bigger. Different species can vary in color, but most mice are grey, brown or black. They all have small paws with nails, and their heads are characterized by whiskers and large eyes and ears.

While mice can bite if they feel threatened, the biggest problem is in the diseases they transmit, including salmonella, hantavirus, and forms of meningitis. Mice teeth never stop growing, so they’re constantly gnawing and chewing on rough materials in order to file them down. This causes them to chew through wiring and insulation inside homes.

 

Differences Between Rats and Mice

Mice are more curious than rats and more likely be seen running around.

On average, most mouse species are smaller than rats.

Mice like to burrow within walls, while rats dig under buildings and plants.

 

House Mice

True to its name, house mice like to situate themselves inside human homes, where it uses all the materials it can find to feed and build nests. They’ll use shredded material like paper, cloth, and cardboard for nests but will also eat glue, soap and residue. House mice are also known to transmit typhus, salmonella and bubonic plague.

 

How To Identify:

1/4 to 1/2 inch

Reddish black

Found throughout the U.S.

Can destroy wet and decaying wood

Pose a serious structural threat; consider seeking professional help immediately

Nocturnal

 

Deer Mice

Deer mice are known to transmit Hantavirus, which is a potentially fatal respiratory disease. They’ll often be found in outdoor structures, such as sheds and barns, and they can be prevented by sealing up common hiding spots. Keep an eye on small holes, cracks and crevices around your property.

 

How To Identify:

Slightly larger than the average house mouse, on average.

Can grow to 5” to 8” long

Light to dark brown with white feet and white belly

Found throughout the U.S., but tend to cause the most problems in rural areas around outdoor garages and sheds

Known to chew through wires, insulation, furniture and clothing

 

White-Footed Mice

White footed mice are known to make their way inside homes once the temperature begins to drop, so closer to Winter and Fall. Like other rodents, they can spread bacterial diseases after coming in contact with food, and they are also known for spreading lyme disease through ticks that they pick up in the brushy, forested areas they live in.

 

How To Identify:

Average adult length is 6” to 8”

Fur color can range from light to reddish brown, with white feet and bellies

Found in colder regions, such as the Northeast United States and Canada

Tend to thrive in bushy, forested areas

Omnivorous diet that includes insects, wood, seeds, nuts and fruit

So now what?

You should also be sure to contact a mouse control expert if you’re seeing widespread signs of an infestation, such as mouse droppings, home damage, and other significant signs of mice and rats.

Remember that exterminators can’t end your mouse infestation if you don’t take their advice. If your pest control technician applies traps or poisons, you will still need to heed their suggestions to seal up tiny entrances, keep dirty dishes from piling up, and store food properly. By working with exterminators as part of a team, even a rapidly multiplying mouse infestation can be controlled.

Bats In Your Belfry?

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There are usually two problematic scenarios you may encounter with bats in your home:

  1. when a lone bat flies into a building, or
  2. when a maternity colony of bats roosts in a building.

 

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The Lone Ranger

Individual bats occasionally will enter a home, most often during summer evenings in mid-July and August. These lone bats are usually young bats that are just beginning to fly. Fortunately, these incidents can be dealt with quite easily. The best method for getting a bat out of the house is to allow it to find its own way out. Chasing or swatting at the bat will cause it to panic and fly around the room, which needlessly prolongs the incident.

If you do encounter a bat flying in a room, follow this procedure:

  1. Shut all doors leading into other rooms to confine the bat to as small an area as possible.
  2. Open all windows and doors leading outside to give the bat a chance to escape. (Don’t worry about other bats flying in from the outside.)
  3. Remove pets from the room, leave the lights on, stand quietly against a wall or door, and watch the bat until it leaves.
  4. Do not try to herd the bat toward a window. Just allow it to calmly get its bearings, and don’t worry about it swooping at you. When indoors, a bat makes steep, banking turns, so it flies upwards as it approaches a wall and swoops lower near the center of the room.
  5. Within ten to fifteen minutes the bat should settle down, locate the open door or window, and fly out of the room.

If you have recurring problems with bats entering your home, you may want to have your attic inspected to determine if you are housing a bat maternity colony.

 

Bats in Front of a Full Moon

House Bat Maternity Colonies

Most bats in Ohio and Pennsylvania roost in secluded locations away from human contact, but two species, the big brown bat and the little brown bat, often attract attention because they repeatedly roost in buildings. These ‘house bats’ situate their roosts in hot attics, which act as incubators for their growing pups.

Because they live in such close quarters with humans, unique challenges are involved in the conservation of house bats. House bats have only one or two pups per year, so the protection of their maternity colonies is important to the survival of these beneficial mammals. The destruction of just one maternity colony through chemical extermination or vandalism can have a long-term impact on the populations of both bats and insects in a local area. Unfortunately, homeowners often consider maternity colonies a nuisance and may mistakenly believe that extermination or destruction of the colony is their only solution. There is, however, a safe, humane, and effective procedure for removing a bat colony from a building. This procedure, called bat-proofing, is described in the following sections.

 

If You Are Housing a Bat Colony

One way to tell if you are sharing your house with a bat colony is to simply go into the attic and look for roosting bats. During the day, bats will likely be roosting in narrow crevices in the attic walls, between the rafters, or tucked into the space between the rafters and roofing material. When you enter the attic, the bats will quickly retreat out of sight (rather than taking flight). If you can’t see them, listen for the squeaking or scurrying sounds that will verify their presence.

If you are uncomfortable entering the attic when bats may be present, you can inspect the attic at night for bat droppings. The dry, black droppings are about the size of a grain of rice, and accumulate in piles below areas where the bats roost. (Mouse droppings look similar, but you would find them scattered in small amounts throughout the attic.) If you find bats living in your attic during the day, or if you find large accumulations of bat droppings, then you probably have a maternity colony in your house.

If you have a bat colony in your attic and you want to remove it, you must use the proper methods to do so. Do not use chemical poisons or repellents to eliminate a bat colony. Poisons often scatter dead, dying, or disoriented bats throughout the house and neighborhood, which increases the risk of children or pets coming into contact with sick bats. Repellents, such as moth balls or flakes (naphthalene), sulfur candles, or electromagnetic or ultrasonic sound devices do not permanently remove bats from a home. Unless their entrances are sealed, the bats will return as soon as the chemical repellents wear off.

The best way to safely and permanently evict a maternity colony is to seal all of the colony’s entrances.

 

Bat-Proofing your home

Bats usually enter at points where joined materials have warped or shrunk.

To identify which of these areas are providing access, look for tell-tale bat droppings on the side of the house below a suspicious crack or crevice. Also, entrances that have been used for a long time may have a slight brown discoloration at the edges. Inspecting inside the attic can also reveal openings that need to be sealed. Inside, bat droppings often accumulate below bat entrances and exits. During the day, turn off the attic’s lights and look for openings that are allowing outside light, and possibly bats, to pass through.

 

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Sealing Entrances

Once the bat entrances have been located, the next step in bat-proofing is to seal these openings. Here at Complete Pest Solutions, we use window screening or hardware cloth to cover louvered vents or large gaps and cracks in the building. We also fill in smaller cracks, use expanding foam insulation or caulking.  Unlike mice, bats will not gnaw new holes in the building, so sealing the existing holes will keep them out. Complete Pest Solutions will take care of the entire process from safely getting the bats to exit the home and sealing it so they don’t come back.  We warranty our bat program for 3 years.

Wasp and Hornet Prevention

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Wasp Nest

Wasp and Hornet Prevention

 

Complete Pest Solutions offers its clients the option to prevent Wasps and Hornets from nesting on structures within your property.

Our program is unique in that we are treating areas where Wasps and Hornets will typically create nests before the nests are built.

The goal of the Wasp and Hornet Prevention program is to stop the insects from nesting on the structures of your property, such as your home, decks, swing sets and sheds.

Complete Pest Solutions’ Wasp and Hornet prevention service is warrantied until Nov. 1 every year. If during coverage time a nest is discovered on a structure that was already treated, we will treat the areas at NO ADDITIONAL COST.

Areas Treated For Wasp and Hornet Prevention

  • Treat all soffits
  • behind gutters and shutters
  • dust behind light fixtures
  • set off aerosol in the attic.

If you’re really concerned about stinging insects and you want a proactive, season-long approach versus a reactionary approach, then you should consider the prevention program.

At Complete Pest Solutions, we can easily answer any questions you may have on our wasp and hornet prevention program. Our knowledge of wasp and hornet biology and behavior are what sets us apart from other pest control companies. Our cutting-edge programs are specifically designed around proven scientific research to effectively prevent wasps from nesting on your property structures. Unlike other companies, we offer a 100% guarantee our Wasp Prevention Service.

If you’d like wasp and hornet prevention as well as protection from other household pests, you can also enroll in Complete Pest Solutions Quarterly Service Plan.

Stinging Insects & Allergies

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Many of us, when asked, regard summer as our favorite time of year. Baseball games, picnics, family vacations and the like all contribute to the fond memories we carry throughout our lives. If you are like me, summer is when you may have been stung for the first time. Not fun!

For most of us it’s not such a big deal. You may have developed redness and swelling at the site. Mom kissed you, put a penny on it and sent you back to play. Yet, people who are allergic to stinging insect venom are at risk for a much more serious reaction. This life-threatening reaction is called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis).

Understanding the differences between a normal reaction and an allergic reaction can bring peace of mind to all you moms out there. It is also important to have an accurate diagnosis so you can manage your child’s condition and be prepared for an emergency.

An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to an allergen. In stinging insect allergies, the allergen is the venom injected from a sting. Most of the serious reactions are caused by five types of insects:

1. Yellow jackets– Yellow Jackets are black with yellow markings. They can be found in various climates. Their nests are usually located underground, but can be found in the walls of buildings, cracks in masonry or in woodpiles.

2. Wasps– Wasps are slender with black, brown, red and yellow markings. They live in a circular comb under eaves, behind shutters or in shrubs and woodpiles.

3. Hornets– Hornets are black or brown with white, orange or yellow markings. Their nests are gray or brown and are usually found in trees.

4. Honeybees– Honeybees have round, fuzzy bodies with dark brown and yellow markings. They can be found in honeycombs in trees, old tires, structures or other partially protected sites. Many people don’t mind having them around. And many are starting to keep these hardworking insects around for their delicious raw organic honey. Those with serious allergies, though, can’t take the risk.

5. Fire Ants– Fire ants are reddish-brown ants living in large mounds, mostly in warmer climates. They attack with little warning, inserting highly concentrated toxins that cause burning and pain.

Knowledge goes a long way to prevent an incident. Unless you have an active hive that is being aggressively protected, these stinging insects will more than likely leave you alone. Those with severe allergies should be on heightened alert only because they have more severe consequences to contend with. Be careful and have fun!