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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.

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.

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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

BED BUG PRECAUTIONS DURING HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON

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Bed bugs are one of the most common pests. According to NPMA’s 2018 Bugs Without Borders
survey, 97 percent of U.S. pest control professionals surveyed reported they treated for bed
bugs in 2018, with 68 percent saying they treated hotels specifically.

These pests do not discriminate and can be found anywhere, including 5-star hotels. Most
people transport bed bugs back to their homes without even realizing it. Bed bugs can wreak
havoc if brought home after traveling, so it’s important to take the proper precautions.

To help avoid bringing home any hitchhiking pests during the holiday travel season, we
recommend the following prevention tips:

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking. Pay special attention to the
    following areas: behind the headboard, under lights, inside dressers, drawers, sofas, and
    chairs. Use a flashlight to assist your search.
  • Pull back sheets and inspect mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale
    stains or spots. If you see anything suspicious, request a room change immediately.
  • When you return home, vacuum and properly inspect suitcases. Don’t bring them inside
    until you do so!

Bed bugs are not a pest that can be handled with DIY remedies. If you think you’ve brought bed
bugs home with you, call Complete Pest Solutions!

AUTUMN INVADERS: BOXELDER BUGS AND ASIAN BEETLES

As seasons change and temperatures drop, pests seek out new living arrangements to survive the cold. Boxelder bugs and Asian beetles often become nuisances in the fall as they search for overwintering sites. One common misconception about pest control is that if it hits a certain temperature outside, these pests are gone for good. They might have a hard time surviving outdoors, but your heated home is just the warm and toasty invitation these pests are looking for.

Both Boxelder bugs and Asian beetles are known to swarm houses when temperatures change. You’ll often find them hanging out on the sunny side of your home to capitalize on the heat. Asian beetles can invade a home through doors, windows, siding, and vents because their bodies are small enough to enter tight crevasses. Boxelder bugs, on the other hand, can’t get in as easily because they are larger in size.

Both pests will crawl into cracks and crevices around your home and sneak in under siding, through open windows and broken screens, and under gaps in interior doors to survive cold outdoor temperatures.

Once inside, Asian beetles tend to congregate in dark, secluded places to keep warm. You might find them in attics, closets, crawl spaces, or storage areas. They’re particularly prone to hiding behind frames and siding.

Boxelder bugs are easily recognized by their black and red exteriors. They can be found near trees during the hot summer months and feed on leaves, flowers, and seed pods.

Boxelder Bug

Asian beetles, first introduced to North America in 1916 to combat aphids, look almost identical to ladybugs. They are best distinguished by their pale, orange-colored shells and black spots and distinctive black “M”-shaped marking on their otherwise whiteheads. Unlike ladybugs, Asian beetles “bite” by scraping the skin they land on.

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Your home is a pest’s primary target for an upgraded living situation. Sealing off common entry points and having the interior and exterior of your home treated for pests can greatly reduce or eliminate pest issues. If you do find Boxelder bugs or Asian beetles in your home, it’s best to vacuum them up rather than squashing them. They both can release a foul odor as a defense mechanism when squashed.

A varied treatment and pest control product placement plan can keep your home pest-free this winter. We treat the exterior of your home to prevent pests from surviving long enough to nest and breed in your home. Interior treatments like wall dusting can also get rid of pests that already made it into your home. Don’t let Boxelder bugs and Asian beetles overwinter in your home this season. Call ​Complete Pest Solutions ​today!

GUTTER CLEANING AND PEST CONTROL

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Gutter cleaning is a dreaded and daunting task but a necessary one. Most people think this is just to clear the leaves, but there are other reasons that keeping the gutters clean is so important.

The main purpose of a gutter is to move the water away from the house to prevent damage to wood and the foundation of the home. Gutters filled with leaves and other debris can trap water and lead to damage to the fascia board as well as the roofline. If water is left in the gutters over the winter, it can also cause interior damage to walls and framing. When the water fails to drain, it can back up under shingles or run down the house, causing the wood to become damp, which can cause mold to grow.

This invasion of water also gives pests a place to breed and multiply. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant, standing water. The eggs freeze in the winter, but with temperatures as low as the mid-50s, those eggs start to hatch. This means that if you don’t have your gutters cleaned in the fall, the mosquitoes will be out in full-force come springtime! Carpenter ants also thrive in the moist environment that clogged gutters create.

As leaves fall and gutters become packed, it can provide not only shelter but also a food source for pests. Wasp larvae feed on other insects, and this abundant food source can encourage them to build nests around your home.

Having your gutters cleaned can go a long way in preventing a variety of pest issues year-round and can be a simple solution towards eliminating many pest issues. We offer gutter cleaning for one-story homes for only $200.00 and two-story homes for only $400.00.

Call Complete Pest Solutions to schedule your gutter cleaning service or, for added protection, get your free estimate for gutter guards! Our specially designed, lifetime-warrantied gutter inserts will keep leaves and other debris from building up and decaying in your gutters, removing the food and water sources that insects thrive on. Call today!

STINK BUGS- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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This is the time of year when stink bugs begin to look for shelter in advance of frost and colder temperatures. They are triggered by the length of the day shortening. They hibernate during the winter in a comatose state, but on unusually warm winter days, they can get confused and become active. There are a variety of stink bugs in this region of the country, but the brown marmorated stink bug is the variety that most people seem to complain about.

The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea, was first discovered in the United States in eastern Pennsylvania in 1998. Since then, the stink bug has migrated to other states such as: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

After hatching, the wingless nymphs go through five immature stages before becoming full-sized, winged adults. Adults are approximately three-quarters of an inch and brown, gray, or dark green in color and are shaped like a shield. They have alternating light bands on the antennae and dark bands on the thin outer edge of the abdomen. It can be most easily identified by its shield-like shape and brown coloration.

Although stink bugs are completely harmless to people- they don’t bite, sting, or spread disease- the fact that they look to our homes as a winter vacation spot makes them a major nuisance this time of year. Stink bugs secrete a foul-smelling liquid from a specialized gland when threatened or crushed. This liquid has a light yellow or clear color and may smell like strong cilantro or coriander. It isn’t dangerous, but it could trigger mild allergic reactions. It may also stain furniture, carpeting, or other fabrics.

There are very few natural stink bug predators aside from the samurai wasp, which was discovered to be in the area in 2017. They lay their eggs inside the stink bug eggs, and then their larvae feed on what was inside the eggs, and they emerge instead of stink bugs. So they essentially kill the stink bug before it even hatches.

Although they don’t inflict structural damage or infest food products, stink bugs can invade homes in huge numbers. In one home, more than 26,000 stink bugs were found overwintering! They’re attracted to the leaves of maple, ash, black locust, and catalpa trees, and large numbers may cluster near homes with these trees in their yards.

Stink bugs enter under siding, soffits, around window and door frames, chimneys, or any space which has openings big enough to fit through. Vents, chimneys, and worn foundations also provide ways for these pests to sneak into your home. Some you will see, but many more will manage to hide in attics or other parts of the house. Their tendency to aggregate can cause costly problems by clogging wells, pipes, and chimneys.

Replacing worn weatherstripping and re-sealing your windows this fall will go a long way toward keeping stink bugs out. Caulk or otherwise seal off openings as you find them, and replace worn-down insulation as needed.

With professional treatment, you can rest peacefully knowing that your property is taken care of. Our pest control programs are designed to keep your home pest-free all year long, so call Complete Pest Solutions today!

Cooler Weather May Mean Rodents Indoors

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When the season changes and the temperatures drop, the chance of unwelcome houseguests rises. Mice may seek shelter in your warm, cozy home when the cooler weather begins. While you may never see a mouse, you might see indications that they are living in your home. Some of these signs include droppings, disturbed insulation, chewed wiring or furniture, and nests made of paper.

Mice are opportunists and will seek out any defect in your home to gain access. They can slip through holes and gaps as small as ¼”, or roughly the size of a pencil! If an opening isn’t big enough for them to squeeze through, the mouse may gnaw until it IS big enough. Mice may enter your home through gaps in windows or ceilings and even through sewer lines. If drainage pipes aren’t properly sealed, they may even enter through sink or bathtub drains. They can also find their way inside through holes around plumbing and gas lines.

Mice breed very quickly, and a small problem can very soon turn into a large infestation. Along with the damage they can do, the diseases that they carry make it essential to take action early. Here are some low effort, low cost preventative measures to help avoid an infestation:

  • Store dry goods and pet food in plastic or metal containers with tightly closed lids.
  • Wipe down counters, stovetops, and tabletops after each use.
  • Vacuum and mop regularly
  • Regularly clean under the stove, refrigerator, and cupboards.
  • Seal indoor and outdoor trash cans.
  • Make sure doors are sealed thoroughly. Install weather stripping at the bottom if necessary.
  • Eliminate debris around your home to eliminate any potential shelters.
  • Inspect the perimeter of your home. Seal any holes in exterior walls around cables and pipes larger than 5mm. Cover vents with fine galvanized wire mesh, especially if they’re damaged.
  • Fix damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps.

Evaluate the exterior of your home twice a year to inspect for any new holes or gaps where rodents can enter. Look for cracks in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows, and where the gutters connect to the fascia board. Prevention is key in this situation.

If you’re concerned about mice invading your home this winter, or if you think you may already have a mouse in the house, contact Complete Pest Solutions to schedule an inspection.

THE BENEFITS OF FRANCHISING:

For many would-be entrepreneurs, franchising is a great opportunity as it offers the chance to be your own boss without taking on the significant risk that typically comes with starting a business. Franchising offers a higher rate of success than a sole proprietorship, a shorter time to opening your business, as well as initial training and ongoing support.

Franchises are a more secure investment than new businesses because they have the support and backing of an already established company whose business model has been tested and proven effective. This makes getting a franchise business loan easier to get than a loan to start an independent business.

Complete Pest Solutions offers a fast growing franchise opportunity with great potential. Our franchise costs are significantly lower than most franchises, particularly due to low initial staffing needs and no need to establish a retail space. Additionally, we offer discounts to military personnel.

Owning a Complete Pest Solutions franchise allows you to tap into our vast knowledge and experience, increasing your chances of success by minimizing the learning curve to help you become profitable more quickly.

Complete Pest Solutions will provide the training and support that you need to operate our business model. You’ll be privy to knowledge, experience, and industry secrets that you would otherwise have to learn over the course of years. You’ll also have a support system to turn to when you’re in need of advice or assistance. In owning a Complete Pest Solutions franchise, you’ll be in business for yourself, but not by yourself!

 

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