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Cooler Weather May Mean Rodents Indoors

A Rodent

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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Cockroaches

The American cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting roaches and a major pest in the United States. It is just one of over 4,000 different types of cockroaches- that we know about. Read on to learn some astonishing facts about cockroaches.

 

    • The modern cockroach first came to be about 200 million years ago, and primitive roaches appeared even earlier- about 350 million years ago.
    • According to the National Pest Management Association, a headless cockroach can live for weeks, exhibiting basic behaviors. That’s because they breathe through openings along their bodies, not through the nose and mouth like we do. Not only would the decapitated body of the cockroach survive but so would the separated head! The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.
    • A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes, and can even survive being submerged underwater for half an hour.
    • Both males and females have wings and can fly short distances.
    • Cockroaches will eat anything- even you! Most roaches prefer sugar and other sweets, but they will eat just about anything: grease, soap, wallpaper paste, and leather. They’ll even munch on your toenails, eyelashes and eyebrows while you sleep.
    • American cockroaches can move at a rate of 50 body lengths per second. That’s the equivalent of a person running at 210 miles per hour!

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These facts prove that cockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on earth, which makes controlling and eliminating a cockroach infestation all the more difficult. Luckily, only about 30 species inhabit human dwellings.

Similar to houseflies, cockroaches become vehicles for spreading diseases when they take up residence among humans. Feeding on waste, trash, and food, they leave E. coli, salmonella, and parasitic worms in their wake. Additionally, studies indicate that cockroaches trigger asthma symptoms, especially in children.

To get rid of cockroaches in your home, seal all cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes, as they can serve as entranceways for the pests. In addition, basements and crawl spaces should be kept well ventilated and dry. Be sure to keep food sealed and stored properly. Clean the kitchen thoroughly every day, wiping counters, removing the trash, cleaning spills immediately, and making sure to remove trash in a timely manner.

In addition to the “ick” factor, cockroach control and management are clearly important for health and safety reasons. Cockroaches are some of the most resilient pests in the world making getting rid of them a difficult task for homeowners to do themselves. If you suspect a cockroach infestation, call the experts- Complete Pest Solutions.

 

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A comparison chart of different types of ticks

The Dangers of Ticks

When the weather gets warm, ticks are out in full force and can pose a serious threat to both humans and pets. Learn about some of the different types of ticks, the threats associated with these small but dangerous pests, and how to prevent tick bites.

Found throughout the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, southeastern and northcentral United States, black-legged ticks, or deer ticks, are known carriers of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, human babesiosis, and more. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, headache, fever and a bullseye-shaped skin rash around the bite site. 

Found throughout North America, the American Dog Tick is named after its favorite host, the dog. They are known carriers of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Symptoms include chills, muscle aches, high fever, headaches, and sometimes a rash that spreads to the extremities 2-4 days after the fever begins. Exposure is most common during spring and early summer. 

Like the American Dog Tick, the Brown Dog Tick is named for its preferred host. They typically attach to a dog’s ears or between its toes. Though not common, they will bite humans in the absence of a canine host. Brown Dog Ticks can be carriers of diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, canine ehrlichiosis, and canine Babesia.

Found mainly in the eastern and southeastern U.S., Lone Star Ticks are named for the single spot located on the female’s back. These ticks target humans more than any of the other tick species. They attach to their host by crawling up the tips of low-growing vegetation, such as grass, and wait for the host to pass by and brush against the vegetation. Lone Star Ticks are known carriers of many diseases, including tularemia, Heartland Virus, and Bourbon Virus. As with all ticks, early detection and removal is crucial, but lone star ticks have long mouthparts that can make removal especially difficult, as they often break off while being extracted, resulting in further infection.

To reduce the risk of tick bites, be sure to follow these prevention tips:

 

  • When outdoors, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toe shoes. 
  • Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.
  • Inspect people and pets for ticks after spending time outdoors.
  • Remove weeds and keep grass cut to discourage the presence of ticks.
  • Stay in the center of trails, away from vegetation, when hiking.
  • Wear repellent containing at least 20% DEET.
  • If you find a tick on yourself, a family member, or a pet, remove it slowly with tweezers, being careful to not break off the mouthparts. Flush the tick down the toilet or dispose of it by wrapping it tightly in a tissue and putting it in a closed receptacle. Wash your hands and the bite thoroughly with soap and water. 

If you are experiencing a tick problem, contact Complete Pest Solutions today.

BED BUG PRECAUTIONS DURING TRAVEL SEASON

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 home without even realizing it. Bed bugs can wreak havoc if brought home after traveling, so it’s important to take the proper precautions.

Bed bug stats

To help avoid bringing home any hitchhiking pests this 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.

WASP OR HORNET?

wasp or hornet

 

Wasps are a family of insects that includes hornets, yellow jackets, and solitary wasps. This means that all hornets are wasps, but not all wasps are hornets. Although hornets are not native to the area, there are several U.S. pests that go by this name. The most common, bald-faced hornets, are not true hornets. They are close relatives of yellow jackets. The European variety, or giant hornets, are the only true hornets in the country. 

Some basic features set wasps apart from other stinging insects. Unlike bees, both wasps and hornets have smooth, glossy bodies and a thin, thread-like waist. They also have two sets of wings.

Despite the ways in which they are similar, these pests can have subtle distinctions or more broad differences depending on their species. Many wasps have black and yellow stripes or bright, metallic coloring. Hornets have a different, more understated look. Bald-faced hornets are black and white, and European hornets are brown, yellow, and black.

Shape is another way to distinguish between wasps and hornets. Most wasps are long and thin. Both U.S. species that go by the name hornet are identifiable by their thick bodies and rounded abdomens. European hornets are the largest wasps in the country, measuring over an inch long.

Most wasps build paper nests of varying size and shape. Bald-faced hornets create football-shaped nests, while paper wasps build smaller, open homes in sheltered places like the eaves of buildings. Still others, the Eastern yellowjacket, build ground hives using abandoned ground burrows dug by rodents and other small mammals.

Finding wasps or hornets in or near the house may lead to harmful encounters. Wasps and hornets can be aggressive. Unlike bees, these insects can sting repeatedly. Hornet venom causes a particularly painful reaction. Often, the stings result in swollen, red, and itchy areas on the skin.  Wasp or hornet stings can be life-threatening for allergic individuals.

While homemade traps are inexpensive and easy to make, they fail to reduce populations to an acceptable level. There are several commercial bait traps available, but they are not attractive to German yellowjackets which are the most common nuisance in  Ohio.  

Because of their unpredictable and aggressive nature, it is best to call a pest control professional to safely handle a wasp or hornet infestation. Complete Pest Solutions has trained experts ready to help.

43 Roche Way

We have officially MOVED!!

All of us, here at Complete Pest Solutions, have been searching for this office for a while now. The old office in Canfield was a house turned into an office space. We had been there for years! In reality, it’s not as easy to accommodate the needs of the inner office, with only having one area for our Customer Care Reps and a small conference room for all of our Technicians to squeeze into. We haven’t always needed more room but it has been obvious the past few years that more would be needed.

It was time to find a more suitable space and it has been well worth the wait!

Our move had a bumpy road just like any other move.

Originally we were supposed to be moved out before Christmas! Then before the New Year!

Well, as exciting as it would have been to decorate a Christmas tree or start off 2019 in a NEW office, that isn’t what happened. What did happen, waiting, a lot of it, and setbacks from every which way. No matter how much we wanted to be in this space, it was not happening in the time frame we expected.

We thought, “Definitely before the end of January!” Not at all.

Feeling like we might be on the search again for another space…we found out that we would be moving out before March rolled around. This is just what we needed to hear!

We had been packed up since the moment we thought we were moving.

It is hard to work out of boxes throughout the office…not knowing exactly where everything is.

packing boxes for office

 

Is it in this box in this room? No, it’s in that box in the other room under 3 boxes.

Just knowing that we were moving, lifted a weight off of our shoulders and filled us with excitement for the new beginning that was approaching.

Then comes the rest of the packing away, all the items that could not have been previously packed must now find a temporary cardboard home!

Whenever you move your priority list gets filled with projects to bring your new home to what you imagine it to will be. We definitely have a long list here.

From getting rid of old wallpaper and cabinets to expanding other rooms and applying new paint!

 

With Anthony Farrell’s (owner) vision at work…each day we get one step closer to what it will be like to walk in this Office when it is finished. Especially knowing what it has come from and all the hard work that has been put into it along the way.
It is a process that we are enjoying here!

There are still projects in sight…

 

…but with everyone that we check off our list, it starts to feel more and more like home.

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The new location for our Main Office is
43 Roche Way in Boardman, Ohio 444512.

We are very excited about the growth that has happened, to bring us to this point!
We can see that there is a lot of growth to come.
Thank you for your loyalty to us, through the years!

What’s Happening In Complete Pest Solutions…

…in
Canton?

We just purchased a satellite office in the area. This will help us reach the Canton (Akron, Coshocton, Wooster, Canal Fulton…) area better than ever. By being able to be more local we can better serve our valued customers, you.

…in
Youngstown?

We have had the office at 470 West Main Street as our Main Headquarters for the last 5 years. Which has served us well for that time. But as we have grown, in and outside of the office, we have recognized the need for a new space to help efficiently serve you each day. In the past 2 years, we have been searching for this new location. Now we are closer than ever to getting it and moving in THIS year. With the excitement growing throughout the company, we will be sharing this process with you.

Thank you…for
all that you have done to help this be possible.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants, also known as Tetramorium Caespitum, are not quite on everyone’s radar right now BUT we should be aware that they are coming sooner than we expect. With March being less than a month away, spring is right around the corner.

 

We want to help you stay ahead of these pests this year

with some facts and tips for dealing with these pests!

Here are some general facts to help you better understand the life and purpose of the Pavement Ant.

General Facts:

  • They like to eat anything and everything; from seeds, fruit and bread to nuts, meats and other insects.

  • A unique characteristic of their body is that their limbs are lighter in color, in comparison to the rest of the body.

  • Colonies are made up of:

                                – Workers, their job is to bring food back to and protect the colony.

                                – Queens, they are to lay eggs to grow the numbers of the colony.

                                – Drones, to help the queens reproduce these eggs and care for them.

  • While the females’ spines on their thorax are prominent, the males are not.

  • Under sidewalks, large rocks and building slabs are where colonies will normally form.

  • In Spring and Summer while looking for territory they will battle with other colonies for it.

  • There can be over a thousand ants in one colony.

  • Reproduction is also at its highest during the Spring and Summer months.

  • It takes about 3 months for a worker ant to form, form an egg being laid by a queen.

An informational image regarding Pavement Ants.

Pest Facts:

  • They are known for digging under the pavement of your house to get to the sand underneath. They enter through small cracks in foundation walls and concrete slabs.

  • Piles of soil and sand will appear in areas where these ants deposit debris from their nests. In the warmer months, you will see these mounds on the sidewalks. In cooler months, you will see them on top of foundational walls and near concrete cracks.

  • Because of the wide range in what they are able to consume, they will be able to get into and destroy all packages of food whether or not they are open. Not to mention, any already prepared foods that you leave out for an extended period of time.

  • If you interrupt a worker ant while they are trying to bring your food back to the colony, they may begin to bite and sting you.

  • The best way to get rid of these pests is through bait, that the workers will be able to take back to the colony and queen to share with them.

A Few Winter Tips

Complete Pest Solutions

As the weather begins to get colder and winter approaches, mosquitoes, flies and bees aren’t really a concern. We associate these pests with summer and fall. But a lack of flying pests does not mean a lack of pests during the winter.

Though you may not be dealing with an infestation right now, recognize that the risk of a pest invasion never really goes away, especially in the winter.

Here are some best practices for pest prevention:

  • Trim back trees to bar rodents from easy access to the underside of your roof overhang.
  • Declutter the basement, attic, and any utility rooms so as to eliminate any potential nesting grounds.
  • Examine the fascia board along the roof line, replacing any areas of rotted wood.
  • Repair loose mortar and replace worn weatherstripping around all windows and doors.
  • Store food in sealed containers and keep crumbs off the floor.
  • Seal any and all cracks or gaps on the home exterior with a silicone-based caulk.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home, not only off the ground but also covered.
  • Avoid ice dams by using a roof rake to dissipate potentially problematic accumulations of snow.
  • Hire a professional sweep to clean the stack, inspect the flue, and install a cap over the chimney.