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Tips for Controlling Pests in the Winter

Pests like to take refuge in the warmth of people’s homes when the temperatures drop. So, there is a good chance you will see an uptick in the number of pests around your house. Here are some great tips for managing pests in the winter. Seal Cracks and Holes

Bugs and other pests can enter your house through the smallest cracks and holes. Before the weather gets too cold, carefully inspect the foundation and the bottom portion of your home’s exterior and seal up any cracks and holes you see. Do not forget to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the house, as they are common areas for cracks to form, and rodents can come through a hole as small as a dime.

Store Firewood Away From the House

A warm crackling fire is always welcoming on a cold winter’s night. But, the pile of wood you have stored near your back door is a welcome mat for pests. Ants and other creatures like to burrow in wood piles, and they are hard to see. If the wood is close to the house, it is easy for them to scurry inside without being seen. Once they are there, they are difficult to get rid of. Storing your wood away from the house will reduce the likelihood that bugs will travel from the wood into your home. If possible, store your wood at least five feet off the ground to further prevent infestation from bugs.

Eliminate Moisture

Like all living creatures, pests need water to survive. In the winter, it can be hard to find, so they will be attracted to any source of moisture they can find. Look for and fix any leaking pipes and clogged drains. Also, be on the lookout for any moisture accumulation in your kitchen and bathrooms, as these areas are vulnerable to a cockroach infestation.

Remove Clutter

It is easy to accumulate clutter around the house, especially in the winter. But, something as seemingly harmless as letting newspapers and magazines stack up around the house can easily attract bugs. Rodents and bugs can hide in the clutter, especially if they are trying to stay warm. You may never realize they are there until it becomes a problem. So, keep everything organized and off the floor.

Call a Professional

Sometimes your best defense against winter pests is a strong offense. Calling in a professional pest control company can ensure that your home is free from pests, even when you cannot see them. If you suspect you have a bug problem, or see evidence of pests in your home, call a professional and have the problem taken care of immediately.

If you suspect you have a pest problem or simply want to prevent one this winter, contact Kline Pest Control today. You will be happy with the results.

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How to Keep Your Home Pest-Free Year Round

There are many ways that you can be attracting pests to your home without even knowing it. Just because you have yet to see a cockroach or other pest inside your house doesn’t mean that you don’t need to do anything. It might be too late once you see your first pest, as that almost always means that there are more hiding in your home somewhere. Here are some tips to help you keep your home pest-free all year round.

Check for Holes Where Pests Might Enter

It is important that you make sure that your home has 100 percent impenetrable walls and surfaces. Just because you notice there are no cracks or holes to be found around your home, doesn’t mean that they could not appear tomorrow. With that said, do an investigation once every three months for any possible holes in your roof, siding and walls. With even the tiniest cracks, it can be possible for an animal or insect to enter and make a nest.

If you notice a crack or hole somewhere outside the home, be sure to have that mistake taken care of as soon as possible, in one way or another.

Store Firewood Away from The Home

Firewood is what you need to enjoy a fire every now and then, whether in a fireplace or outside. Firewood that you are storing, however, is a haven for insect pests. Firewood piles make for surefire places for pests to breed, because not only does wood provide moisture, but it also provides darkness for insects to hide in. With that said, store firewood as far away from the outside of your house as possible.

Clean Your Kitchen

A dirty kitchen to a pest is like a room full of treasures. With that in mind, try to clean the kitchen as often as possible. This means you should vacuum, mop and/or sweep the floors, wash the dishes and ensure a space that is almost completely crumb-free for the smallest chance of attracting pests. If you have any bags or containers of food, even pet food, be sure to keep them closed, so the food’s aroma does not reach any pests.

In case of emergencies, feel free to contact Kline Pest Control. Kline Pest Control has been serving the homes of Northeast Ohio for over fifteen years, garnering a positive reputation and a commitment to excellence.

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Will Winter Take Care of My Pest Problem? Not Necessarily

If you have a pest problem -- whether it’s insects or larger animals – there’s no doubt you’ve tried a number of different ways to get rid of them. Sometimes, the solutions work. Sometimes, they don’t, and you’re left starting over with plan B. Or C. Or D.

As the days finally begin to cool down with the onset of autumn, there’s no doubt you’re looking forward to the winter months and wondering, like so many other homeowners in your situation -- will the cold weather help? Will the upcoming winter finally take care of your pest problem?

In a word, no.

We’re sorry to break it to you, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way. Think about it: if it did, most people wouldn’t require the services of a pest control specialist since any problem could just be dealt with in the space of six months or so. So, why won’t winter do the deed and kill all of those invaders currently making your life miserable? Here are a few reasons:

Pests Seek Shelter

First, your home provides the ultimate shelter. We’re not going to say that cold weather doesn’t have some effect on wildlife. But, think about it: unless you are willing to turn off your heat and turn your house into a freezer, you are already providing Pests with the ultimate winter shelter. It’s warm, there’s plenty of food and water, and they don’t have to worry about winter storms. So, if you have a pest problem, the chances are that nothing will change much in the winter

That’s not to say you won’t see some differences - especially in non-heated areas like attics. But the rest of your home? It’s still fair game.

Pests Survive

Second, insects are just really good at surviving. Those bugs you have aren’t there by accident. They didn’t all of a sudden migrate north this past spring -- no, they’ve been there the whole time, burrowing deep in the ground and living off of stored-up food supplies. Many even go into a state of hibernation. In short, bugs know how to survive winter. So, while a quick and unseasonal cold snap might catch a few unsuspecting bugs in their tracks or clear out an infestation in your vehicle or backyard shed, most of those pests that are outside are just going to hunker down and wait out the worst of winter until spring comes back.

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So, while the promise of winter might seem like you’re finally going to have your home back, don’t break out the champagne just yet: those bugs have a plan and they will be back soon. The question is, will you be ready for them? Contact us at Kline Pest Control today about how you meet the challenge!

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Best Ways to Prevent Pests in the Fall

As fall approaches, the weather gradually changes from warm spring breezes to colder winds and temperatures. Contrary to depictions in animated films, insects and rodents do not wear coats, warm winter hats and thick socks. Plus, pests do not have fleecy blankets. Since cockroaches, spiders, mice and rats are living creatures, they want to live in warm and comfortable environments offering food and hiding places.

Homeowners who want to prevent pests from invading their homes in the fall can follow the following five tips before the fall season establishes its presence. Prevention makes a home less attractive to pests. You can destroy their intentions to take up lengthy residencies during the winter.

1. Seal holes and cracks.

Look for all holes and cracks existing anywhere on your property. Check walls, siding materials and pipes. Seal all openings with caulk. Remember that mice and cockroaches do not require large openings to enter your home. So, do not overlook the tiniest hole. Otherwise, you may have unexpected company in the near future.

2. Install screens, screen doors and door sweeps.

Screens with tears or extremely large holes are open invitations to pests. Use your imagination. Think with the mind of an insect or rodent. Look for any areas where you can install a screen. If your dog uses an animal door to leave and enter the home at will, replace the door with a pet door featuring a built-in screen.

3. Do not allow moisture to collect in your basement.

If your basement has a constant moisture problem, install a couple of quality sump pumps in strategic areas. If the sump pumps fail to do their jobs, hire a professional to eliminate the humidity and moisture.

4. Remove every visible crumb.

Pests constantly try to find food. They often succeed because you do not clean up all the tiny crumbs. Remember that ants, cockroaches, mice and rats value crumbs. To a pest, a few crumbs constitute a gourmet meal. Crumbs are irresistible temptations to a furry creature or an insect. Wipe the kitchen counter after preparing meals. Do not leave a dirty bowl on the kitchen or dining room table lest you see a mouse licking up the remnants while comfortably sitting inside the bowl. Dry off liquids from countertops. Throw out the trash every single day. Sweep your floors.

5. Remove all dishes, cups and silverware from the patio.

Leaving dirty dishes and utensils on your patio table is a sure way to entice creatures into your home. An overlooked hole or crack is the only requirement to make your life miserable. If you are serious about solving pest issues in your home, contact Kline Pest Control for the perfect solution.

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Ways Fleas Can Make Their Way Into Your Home

Most Ohioans don't realize that fleas can infiltrate their homes in at least seven different ways. An infestation may still occur if you don't own any pets or livestock. Remember to beware of these common flea sources:

  1. A new or visiting pet could transport parasites into your home. Fleas often infest dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits. Pet rats and birds occasionally carry these insects. Be sure to carefully inspect any creature before allowing it to enter your house.
  2. If a wild animal finds its way into a building, it may bring pests with it. For example, a squirrel might construct a flea-infested nest in your attic. These tiny parasites frequently target skunks, rodents, raccoons, foxes and opossums.
  3. Fleas may invade your house if you purchase infested furniture or rugs. These items could contain hidden eggs and larvae, so you might not notice the problem for a few weeks. When you buy used furnishings, thoroughly clean them and immediately discard any vacuum bags.
  4. These thirsty insects can infest certain farm animals, such as chickens and goats. They could easily spread to human living quarters if this happens. Remember to inspect livestock regularly and tackle infestations as quickly as possible.
  5. Some parts of the Buckeye State offer appealing outdoor habitats for fleas. They favor moist locations with little wind or sunlight. Outdoor fleas may bite pets and humans who walk through these areas. They might cling to clothing or hair, and the bugs could take up residence in your house after you return from a hike.
  6. Parasites can move from one building to another when people travel. They hitch rides on clothing, bags and other belongings. If an infestation develops, it's best to change your clothes before leaving home and avoid carrying items with you.
  7. Fleas in a condominium or apartment complex may crawl from one unit to another. Pests can accomplish this if they infest hallways or find small gaps in the building materials that separate the units. Furthermore, a previous tenant's pets may have left flea eggs behind.

A skillful exterminator can swiftly rid your home of parasites. If you live in north-central Ohio, consider using Kline Pest Control. We've been vanquishing harmful bugs for more than two decades. Our staff has the supplies and training needed to tackle today's stubborn fleas. Please contact Kline Pest Control for an accurate quote with no obligation.

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What Are the Benefits of Commercial Mosquito Fogging?

Maybe you haven't the foggiest idea what fogging is. Well, when pest control pros provide mosquito fogging, they use a powerful machine to spray a pesticide over a certain area.

Fogging comes in two basic forms. First, there's cold fogging. A cold fogger is appropriate for indoor as well as outdoor applications. It uses electricity to turn a liquid insecticide into a mist. The vapor then comes out of the machine at a fast rate.

There's also thermal fogging. A thermal fogger should only be used outside as it runs on butane. A heating mechanism in this device changes liquid pesticide into a vapor, which then spreads itself across a relatively large tract.

Whichever type of commercial mosquito fogging you receive, it will provide two big advantages.

1. Efficiency

Mosquito fogging, which is an affordable procedure, can be really effective. It's often done as the sun is setting or just after dark, times when those winged menaces are out in full force.

Fogging takes care of mosquitoes as well as their eggs. It can also eliminate other pests. Moreover, the vapors that fogging machines spread can push their way into territory with heavy plant growth. Plus, they can form a blockade that will discourage other mosquitoes from coming onto your property later on.

Be aware, though, that mosquitoes can repopulate themselves over time. Fortunately, your pest control specialists can schedule recurring visits if you'd like.

2. Safety and Comfort

As long as experts handle your commercial mosquito fogging, the process is very safe. What's more, organic pesticides can be employed.

Fogging will protect your customers, your staff members, and your visitors. After all, mosquitoes can spread serious diseases such as encephalitis.

With fogging, you'll also make life more comfortable for those who spend time on your property. They won't get distracted by insects flying in their faces, and they'll be a lot less itchy.

In the final analysis, if you want to get rid of mosquitoes, fogging is one of your best courses of action. It's an even more appealing option when you enlist a top-notch company like Kline Pest Control. Kline's specialists will take your wants and needs into account as they develop a ruthlessly potent fogging plan for your business.

Contact Kline Pest Control today for a quote.

Mosquitoes certainly thrive throughout Ohio, which can be quite humid at times. Nevertheless, they'll quickly vanish from your workplace after it's been fogged.

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Keeping Pests out of Your Fourth of July Party

As the temperature starts to rise and the clouds depart to reveal bright and sunny skies, people from around the nation will plan a Fourth of July party for their friends and family. You will need to keep an eye out for pests if you are going to follow the same path, and doing so does not need to be too difficult. If you allow pests to get into your yard during your party, insects could bite and sting your guests. The unwelcome invaders could even taint your food and spread diseases if you are not careful. Fortunately, a proven plan will help you avoid the problem and keep your guests comfortable.

Keep Bees and Other Stinging Insects Away

If your goal is to create a positive experience for each of your guests, stopping bees and other stinging insects from getting too close to your party is an important piece of the puzzle that you don't want to ignore. One sting is enough to cause pain and skin irritation that can last for a few hours or days. You can prevent bees and wasps from causing harm by cutting the top off a 2-liter bottle. The next step involves filling the bottle with sugar water and putting the top back on upside down, creating a funnel. When the stinging insects go inside, they will not be able to get back out.

Keep Ants Away

Ants are always a problem during the summer months, especially during a Fourth of July party. To find additional food sources, ant colonies send scouts into the surrounding area to locate viable resources, and your Fourth of July party could be the next target. You can buy ant traps from the store and place them around your party if you want to keep ants away from your guests. Also, spray lemon juice around the tables and eating area to mask the scout's scent trail, preventing the rest of the ants from finding you.

Keep Mosquitoes Away

As the hours pass and you and your guests get ready for fireworks, you will likely hear the annoying buzz of mosquitoes, and the parasites won't take long to bite. If you don't want these flying pests to bother your guests, cut your lawn and remove standing bodies of water before you host the party. Also, keeping mosquito spray on hand will work wonders.

Kline Pest Control

If you are serious about protecting your guests and shielding your Fourth of July party from common invaders, turn to a trusted expert to get the job done. The people at Kline Pest Control can come to your yard and kill pests before they have time to make trouble, but we will also take steps to prevent other pests from getting into your yard. Contact Kline Pest Control today to learn more about how we can help.

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5 Myths About Mosquitoes

Getting bit by a mosquito is an unpleasant experience. In addition to rendering a red bump and itchy skin, some species of mosquitoes transmit diseases to you and your family. From the Zika virus in Miami, Florida, to the West Nile virus and dengue fever, mosquitoes pose serious health risks. Yet numerous myths surround these intriguing insects. Read the following list of myths to gain a better understanding of mosquitoes:

1. Myth: Mosquitoes do not select specific people to bite. They indiscriminately attack everyone and anyone in sight.

Fact: According to researchers, specific mosquito species favor particular people. Rather than the taste of blood, these mosquitoes rely on their sense of smell when selecting individuals to bite. Female mosquitoes are attracted to people harboring definite odors. If you sweat more than the average individual, you may discover that you are the victim of frequent mosquito attacks. In addition, your body may happen to emit an abundance of enticing carbon dioxide. Mosquitoes are more apt to bite you if you have been drinking beer. However, scientists do not know why mosquitoes target bodies emitting recognizable odors.

2. Myth: Avoid mosquito bites by staying away from swamps.

Fact: Although mosquitoes love warmer temperatures and moisture, you can still get bite if you are far away from a swamp. In fact, some species prefer breeding in planters and flowerpots. Any item containing a little dampness provides the perfect habitat for a female mosquito to lay her eggs. Avoid a mosquito infestation by washing and drying all containers in your house and backyard.

3. Myth: You can repel mosquitoes with Listerine, lemon liquid dish soap and citronella candles.

Fact: Research has demonstrated that the most successful way to repel mosquitoes is to spray the body with repellents. Products that work include DEET and Picaridin. Plant-based formulas are not as effective because they require frequent applications. Consequently, experts do not recommend using essential oils, such as peppermint oil or lavender oil, to repel mosquitoes. Plus, you need to use a strong repellent during daylight and evening hours.

4. Myth: Mosquitoes live on human blood.

Fact: Even though it is true that mosquitoes enjoy feeding on human blood, they also drink the nectar from flowers and suck on fruits. Plus, mosquitoes feed on the blood of various animals. Furthermore, male mosquitoes do not bite anyone. Female mosquitoes feast on blood because the bodily fluid provides them with nutrients that assist them in laying their eggs.

5. Myth: Mosquitoes sting with stingers.

Fact: Mosquitoes bite your skin but do not sting. Unlike some varieties of bees, mosquitoes do not perish after they bite your flesh.

For more information about how to combat mosquitoes, contact Kline Pest Control.

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The Difference Between Wasps and Bees

With spring being just around the corner, now is the perfect time to prepare your home for warm-weather pests. You can expect bees and wasps to be out in full force. Let’s check out the key differences between these stinging insects.

What Are Their Physical Traits?

One of the first things you’ll notice about bees is their round, fuzzy body. They look a bit less intimidating than wasps. Some people may even describe bees as being cute. On the other hand, wasps have a mean appearance that promotes a strong sense of fear. A wasp’s lean physique and narrow body will make you think twice about approaching it.

How Aggressive Are They?

Typically, wasps are more aggressive than bees. If you get too close to their territory, be prepared to take cover. Bees tend to be more easygoing. However, Africanized honey bees are quite dangerous. In fact, they are often referred to as killer bees. Africanized honey bees will fight to the death in order to protect their colony. While the overwhelming majority of bees can only sting you a single time, wasps can attack at will. The best approach is to keep your distance.

What Do They Eat?

Bees are responsible for helping to pollinate the environment. On a summer morning, it’s not uncommon to find bees peacefully sipping nectar from flowers. In contrast to bees, wasps are predators that feed on other insects. Spiders, flies, and caterpillars are just a few of their favorite treats. When cooking outdoors on the grill, you should be especially careful around wasps. These hostile insects will immediately be drawn to your meal.

Where Do They Live?

Wasps tend to live in paper hives, which are usually found under eaves. Meanwhile, bees often build nests inside abandoned rodent dens and trees. Some bees will even burrow into wooden structures such as your porch or deck. Over time, the amount of property damage can become quite costly.

If you happen to find bees or wasps taking refuge on your property, be sure to contact Kline Pest Control. We promise to give your family an extra sense of security. From rodents to termites, our professional technicians are trained to handle a variety of other pests. Call for a free quote on service.

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Carpenter Ant or Termite? Know What They Look Like

Carpenter ants and termites both have a talent for destruction. While their motives might be different, their habit of tunneling through wood can cause significant harm to a home or business, so you need to be ready to act fast if these pests invade your property. How can you tell if it's a carpenter ant infestation or a termite infestation? Knowing what these pests look like will help.


Carpenter ants tend to measure between 3 millimeters and 13 millimeters in length. Most termites are similar in size with lengths that fall between 6 millimeters and 12 millimeters. In both species, the queens can be significantly larger.


With several species on the prowl, both carpenter ants and termites can be found in a range of colors. Carpenter ants are typically red, brown or black. Termites come in even more hues. They can be yellow, tan, beige, reddish, brown and black.


While size and color aren't particularly helpful in separating the carpenter ants from the termites, body shape is a major clue. Carpenter ants have narrow, nipped-in waists and bodies that are divided into three clear sections. In contrast, termites have no defined waist and bodies that are boxier.


If you can get a clear look at the insect's antennae, you can quickly tell if you're looking at a carpenter ant or a termite. Antennae that seem segmented and have a bend indicate that the creature you're contemplating is a carpenter ant. Antennae that resemble a string of beads and extend straight out signal that you're studying a termite.


Carpenter ants and termites spend the bulk of their lives without wings, but both of these insects have a part of their mating cycle when they sprout wings, form swarms and spread out to seek out new territory. Although swarming behavior won't help you differentiate between the two insects, the appearance of their wings during this period can. Carpenter ants have front wings that are longer than their hind wings. Winged termites have wings that are all the same size.

While knowing what carpenter ants and termites look like can help you recognize these problematic pests, the best way to positively identify any pest is to call in an experienced pest control professional. Carpenter ants nest in wood. Termites actually feed on it. Both behaviors can cause substantial damage to your property, so it is absolutely vital that you seek professional assistance promptly. At Kline Pest Control, we're ready to provide that assistance. We've been serving the people who live and work in Ohio for more than two decades, and we're committed to delivering top-quality pest control services that get the job done right the first time. Contact us today to request your free estimate.

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How to Avoid Bedbugs During Your Travels

Feeling excited and motivated, people often put a lot of thought into their travels so that they can have a fun and enjoyable experience. Many of them, though, don't consider the risk of bedbugs that hotels present and bring the parasites back home as a result. 

Bedbug 2 556If you are going to travel but don't want to expose yourself to bedbugs, taking a few steps and keeping a plan in mind will help. You will be able to relax and enjoy your vacation without worrying about the invaders, and you will know that you have done the right thing. Staying out of harm's way is not as hard as some people think, and the following tips will improve your results. 

Check Online Reviews

Since people now have easy access to the internet, they can report problems and post pictures of their hotel rooms in less than five minutes. Those who encounter bedbugs in hotels will likely write about their experience on popular review websites, and you can use this trend to learn about possible bedbug infestations. Simply search for reviews of the hotel at which you plan to stay to see if you should be concerned. 

Protect Your Bags

If you stay at a hotel that has bedbugs and don't know about the problem, the pests can get into your bags and follow you home. Learning how bedbugs behave will take you far when your goal is to keep the pests away from you and your family. Since bedbugs can't climb smooth surfaces, placing your bags on the sink or in the bathtub will make it much harder for the pests to access them.

Scan Your Room for Bedbugs

If you want to ensure that bedbugs won't bother you while you are sleeping, scan your room for signs of trouble before you do anything else. You can take the sheets off the bed and look in the seams of the mattress for the pests, but red stains and discarded shells will also let you detect the problem. 

Treat Your Clothes

If you did not see any signs of bedbug activity during your trip, you will still want to treat your clothes as soon as you get home. Before you leave the hotel, place your clothes in plastic garbage bags to prevent any bedbugs from getting out. You will then place your clothes in the dryer on the highest setting when you get home, and the heat will kill the parasites. 

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You can take every possible step to prevent bedbugs and still face an infestation, which can be discouraging and frustrating. When bedbugs overstay their welcome and you want to do something about it, speak with the team at Kline Pest Control, and they will contain your bedbug outbreak sooner than you once thought possible.

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3 Reasons to Treat Your Home Fast for Termites

Termites are like massive storms; they cause a lot of damage and cost residents and business owners thousands of dollars per year making the necessary repairs. Termite infestations are nothing to take lightly. They can infest a wood structure from above or below the ground, weakening it as the weeks and the months go by. If you don't take quick action, termites will devour your home, furniture and other wooden items from the inside out.

Why You Should Treat Termites Right Away

They spread quickly.

Termites 680Termite colonies grow as they establish within a wooden timber. During their mating cycles, winged termites will fly out from the colony and find mates around your home. Once they've mated, the winged termites land and shed their wings, starting new colonies within your home's structure or in wooden objects on your property.

They cause extensive damage.

It's possible to have a termite infestation somewhere within your home without your knowledge. Some residents mistake termites for ants and treat them as an everyday nuisance, ignoring the threat in front of them. As termites breed and produce more members, their colonies grow and speed up the rate of damage in your home. Within a year, the infestation can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.

They bring down your home's resale value.

It's extremely difficult to sell a home when it has a termite infestation. Not only do these pests cause visible damage, but they also cause underlying damage, which is even worse and lowers the home's overall value. Professional pest control technicians will have to treat the infestation immediately to prevent further damage to the wooden frame. If termites have also infested the decks or other wooden property, it'll take a few treatments to remove the infestation before you can make the sale without delays or hesitation.

Professional Termite Control for Your Home

A termite infestation starts slowly but builds momentum as the population increases. The damage is superficial in the beginning, showing up as holes or tunnels in the wood. Over time, the colony expands and eats the surrounding structure. Kline Pest Control will treat your home for termites, eliminating infestations at any level. We'll also provide routine treatments to keep future termites from using your home and property as a food source.

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Winter Pest Prevention Tips

Overwintering pests can drive you crazy, especially when you're finally free from summer pests like mosquitoes and ticks. Many different bugs and rodents will invade homes during the winter to escape from the cold and to have food for the long season. If you perform some basic preventative maintenance, you can avoid winter pests and enjoy the cozy indoors all to yourself.

3 Tips for Winter Pest Control

Winterize your home's exterior.

If you want to keep the pests out, you have to plug up their entryways. Insects and rodents will search nonstop for a way inside. They look for cracks, gaps and any other small opening wherever they can find them. Once they've reached the inside, they quickly find a place in which they can hunker down for the winter. Block every crack and crevice with a sealant to keep out winter pests.

Cover all the trash bins.

Some pests, such as fruit flies, will remain active throughout the year if they have the right conditions. Garbage lures pests from all around, giving them something to eat and a place in which to hide out for a while. They breed in the trash, increasing their numbers and consuming it as they mature. Cover your indoor and outdoor trash bins at all times to prevent a nasty infestation.

Keep your food in sealed containers.

Some overwintering pests will use your pantry and cupboards as a hiding place. They may chew through or crawl inside boxes and bags, contaminating your food throughout the winter. It's best to transfer certain food items to plastic containers, such as cereals, rice and flour. You can store them and keep them fresher for much longer, as well as protect them from invading pantry pests.

Professional Pest Control for Winter Pests

Wintertime may drive some pests away, but it leads others to your home. If you have openings around the exterior or uncovered trash, you may soon have an unwelcome infestation on your hands. Start by sealing the cracks around your home's exterior and investing in preventative pest control. Kline's experienced technicians can pretreat your home for overwintering pests and provide routine maintenance to keep them out all winter long.

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Preventing Fleas in PA & OH

Fleas aren't only nuisance pests; they're also disease carriers. These tiny blood-sucking insects are an external parasite and feed on both humans and animals. They're commonly found in tall grasses and buried in the fur of dogs and cats. If fleas have infested your property, you can do a few things to keep them out of your home.

3 Ways to Prevent Flea Infestations

Protect your lawn from stray animals.

FleaKeeping wildlife and stray pets off your property is one way to prevent a flea infestation. If infested animals walk on your lawn, they can deposit fleas into the grass. These fleas will go on to breed and to infest your property. Securing your yard with a fence will keep out flea-infested neighborhood animals like cats and dogs.

Vacuum your home regularly.

It doesn't take long for fleas to lay eggs once they're inside your home. You can prevent an unnecessary infestation by vacuuming the carpets and the rugs two or three times per week, especially if you live in a high-risk flea area. Vacuuming will pick up most of the eggs, including any larvae and adults in the carpet fibers.

Pretreat your yard as a precautionary measure.

Prevention is the best defense against fleas. Even if you put a fence around your yard, squirrels and other flea-infested animals could enter your property from above. If mice and other rodents are hiding on your property, you could still get a flea infestation. It's best to hire a pest control technician to inspect your lawn for fleas. A technician will apply the appropriate treatments to kill infestations, as well as use preventative treatments to safeguard your lawn from future pests.

Eliminate Fleas With Professional Pest Control

Securing your property, vacuuming on a regular basis and pretreating for fleas are the ideal ways to control unwanted infestations. Your pet dogs and cats can pick up fleas by walking through infested areas and carry them into your home. Once the fleas are inside, they get into the carpets and lay eggs. Kline Pest Control will treat your home and lawn for flea infestations. We'll eliminate fleas at all life stages and help to keep them from reinfesting your property in the future.

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Don't Invite Pests to Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

For good reason, many people are looking forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. It is a time when family and friends come together to bond. You certainly don’t want any uninvited guests to crash the party. Here are some tips to help ensure a pest-free Thanksgiving.

Seal Your Home

From roaches to ants, there are a number of critters that will be more than happy to join your Thanksgiving feast. Make it a priority to inspect your home for any unsealed openings. Even a small crack enables pests to easily come inside. Fortunately, silicone caulk can be used to easily fill in any open gaps. Don't overlook your windows and doors.

Thoroughly Clean Your Home

It is no secret that pests are attracted to clutter. Before Thanksgiving arrives, take the time to tidy up your home. Get rid of any junk that is just sitting around. It is also a good idea to thoroughly vacuum your floors. Pay close attention to the hidden nooks and crannies.

Keep Food Covered

Never make the mistake of leaving your food uncovered. The aroma will quickly catch the attention of insects, including roaches and ants. Nothing is more heartbreaking than to see your Thanksgiving meal ruined by pests. After preparing a dish, immediately cover it in a sealed container.

Secure Your Trash Cans

Decomposing food will quickly lure pests such as fruit flies. Make sure that your garbage can lids remain tightly closed at all times. Before taking trash bags outside, tie them up to keep odors at bay.

Wash Your Bedding

If you plan to have guests spending the night, take the necessary precautions to deter beg bugs. No one looks forward to being bitten in the middle of the night. According to experts, washing your sheets in hot water will help eliminate these common household pests.

To enjoy an extra peace of mind this Thanksgiving, consider calling a professional. Kline Pest Control’s expert technicians will help you to have a truly memorable holiday. By inspecting your home, they can identify and treat any potential pest problems.

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How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

There are a number of different ant species that might be found in the home, but one of the most common and alarming for homeowners is the carpenter ant.

Carpenter ants are large, usually between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in length. They are most common black in color. When you find them in your home, they may have wings. If you see winged carpenter ants in your home, it's a good sign that there is a nest nearby.

Are Carpenter Ants Harmful?

Carpenter ants can be a general nuisance, but their harmful effects go deeper than simply roaming around your kitchen or bathroom. These ants get their name for their tendency to nest in wood. Like termites, carpenter ants can shred through the wood in your home and lead to serious damage if left untreated.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

In order to rid your home of carpenter ants, you'll need to locate and destroy their nests. Only when the nest is destroyed and the queen ant is killed will the colony all die off. However, finding the nest can be a challenge as carpenter ant colonies often maintain multiple "satellite" nests in addition to their main nest. This means that even eliminating one nest might not deal with your problem.

It's tempting to kill ants on sight, but if you do, you will miss the opportunity to rid yourself of them permanently. Instead, bait them with honey or sugar syrup and watch their trails. They will lead you back to their nest, which will most likely be behind a baseboard or inside a cabinet.

Once you've found the affected area of wall or cabinet space, you can treat the area with boric acid powder poured in through small holes drilled in the wall. The boric acid will disperse and kill the ants on contact.

Finding carpenter ant nests and dealing with them effectively can be a tough job to handle on your own. If you suspect your home may have an ant problem, contact Kline Pest Control today to learn more about our professional pest control services!

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When is Flea Season in Our Area?

If you live in Ohio or Pennsylvania, you already know that fleas are a common problem for pet owners in the area. Some people battle these insects every year without much luck, and they are desperate for a way to protect themselves and their furry friends from the parasites. If you would like to overcome the problem and reclaim your yard and home, learning when fleas are the most active and how to get rid of them will help. You will be armed with the information you need to keep fleas at bay, and your pets will thank you for your effort.

Flea Season

Since fleas can't survive in cold weather without a warm host, they are active from spring to fall. Your pets will likely get fleas if they go outside during these months unless you do something about it. If you have an outside dog, adult fleas can survive the months of winter by remaining on the host, so you will always want to check animals for fleas before you bring them inside. Even when the temperature drops below freezing, you will still want to be aware of the problem so that you can spot the red flags in the early stages.

Finding and Treating Fleas

Pets will scratch and bite their fur when they have fleas, and you don't want to ignore the signs. You can spread your pet's fur if you want to check for the pests, and they will appear as tiny dots. If fleas have invaded your pet's fur and you want to respond to the threat, you can buy flea shampoo, but you must also treat your home if you don't want the cycle to repeat. Once you have gotten the situation under control, use flea collars to protect your pet and to keep fleas out of your home.

Kline Pest Control

Although you can take many steps to keep your home and pets free from fleas and the complications that come with them, nothing compares to the training and dedication of a pest control professional. You can trust Kline Pest Control when you refuse to settle for anything less than the best, and our team will show you that you are in good hands. No matter the time of year, we can treat your home and yard for fleas, and your problem will become a thing of the past. You can reach out to us anytime you want, and we will be more than happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.

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How Not To Do Pest Control

When you discover a pest problem around your home, you may be tempted to use a DIY treatment. However, it may be better to hire a professional pest control company that specializes in the elimination of these issues. It is often safer and more effective to call in the experts. At Kline Pest Control, we are ready to treat all of your pest problems, including ant infestations.

Reasons to Use a Professional Pest Control Company

Store shelves are filled with DIY pest control products. Although these items may seem convenient, they are often unsafe and ineffective at removing the problem. Many products contain dangerous chemicals that can be hazardous to humans and animals, especially when they are not applied correctly. Expert technicians are educated in the latest and safest methods that will tackle pest issues. If you have pets or small children at home, you want to make sure that they remain safe and do not ingest anything that will make them sick. Also, professionals have the correct gear that keeps them from inhaling caustic fumes.

Using certain DIY methods to control pest problems can cause severe damage to your home as well. For example, a Maine homeowner was attempting to burn ants on his property with matches, but he accidentally lit a combustible material that caused a massive fire, which had fatal results for his pets.

Many DIY treatments are ineffective at eliminating pest problems. They may work for small issues, but larger problems may require a more potent solution. Pests often adapt and become immune to particular chemicals. This means that other treatment methods must be used. A trusted pest control business will be up on the most recent products and treatments so that infestations are effectively eliminated.

Kline's Treatment Methods for Ant Problems

At Kline Pest Control, we offer GreenPro treatments that are friendly to the environment. They are a green approach to pest management, and they lower the need for pesticide usage. When these items are applied correctly, they pose minimal risks to plants and other living things. Our team understands the ant problems in Mansfield and the surrounding areas, so they are equipped to get to work and solve your issues.

Contact Kline Pest Control

If you notice any type of pest problem and comprehend the benefits of hiring a professional company to combat the issue, consider calling Kline Pest Control. We have the knowledge and tools to identify and eliminate your problems. We educate our clients so that they know how to prevent further infestations as well. To schedule an appointment, call 888-699-2508.

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How to Keep Insects From Crashing Your Pool Party

With spring winding down and summer heating up, it's a good idea to throw a pool party in your backyard. You can invite your neighbors, friends, and family to beat the heat during Memorial Day weekend or any time during the summer. As the food cooks on the grill, it'll entice more than your invited guests; it'll also attract unwanted insects into your yard. Kline Pest Control can save your pool party before annoying insects destroy your fun.

Which Pests to Look Out for This Summer

Summer in Ohio lures a variety of yearly pests into residential yards across the state. Everything from mosquitoes to ants rear their heads and look for food this time of year. Stinging insects like yellow jackets and wasps start to build their nests around entryways and places where people sit and unwind outdoors.

Fleas and ticks can also invade backyards and ruin pool parties for you and your guests. If you have thick vegetation around your home, these pests will use it as a safe haven from predators. Dogs and cats from the neighborhood may enter your yard and deposit fleas in the grass. Fleas multiply by the thousands and will attack your guests as they walk around the pool area.

How to Keep Out Summertime Pests

One way to keep out annoying insects is to mow your grass regularly. Tall grass provides the ideal cover for fleas and other small pests. Overgrown weeds and shrubs make the perfect resting sites for mosquitoes, so be proactive with your lawn chores. An unkempt yard attracts unwanted pests, which will eventually find their way into your home. Taking away their breeding and resting spots will curb their numbers and prevent full-blown infestations later.

Remove any standing water in the yard as mosquitoes use these spots to lay their eggs. Placing citronella candles around your pool area may help to ward off these blood-sucking insects as you swim or lay out in the sun. You should also keep your pool equipment stored away in a separate shed. Otherwise, insects will build their nests beneath the clutter and increase in population. Make sure to clean up any leftover food since it will attract ants, flies and other pests.

Professional Pest Control for the Summer

Contact Kline Pest Control to keep bugs and other invasive insects from ruining your pool party this summer. Our experienced technicians can inspect your yard for signs of infestations and eliminate the insects where they gather. We can also create a customized pest control plan for the summer to help keep out mosquitoes, ants, and other pests.

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Make Sure Your 4th of July is Pest-Free

When you invite your friends and family members for a Fourth of July festivity, you don't want the neighborhood pests to show up as well. Before you can rescue your yard from annoying pests, you'll need to learn more about common summer pests in your area. Once you know which pests you're dealing with, you can try a few measures on your own or call a qualified pest control specialist.

The Common Summer Pests in Ohio

In the summertime, many types of pests are lured out of their winter hiding zones by the promise of warm air, food sources, and water. Mosquitos, for example, begin their breeding season in the spring, lasting through summer into early autumn. Rats also emerge as the weather heats up and will produce offspring on your property if they can find a safe place to live. Other common summer pests include ants, spiders, bed bugs, centipedes, and wasps.

Preventing Pest Infestations

The first step in avoiding a pest infestation is to deny access to water sources. Your property may have a number of water sources that you aren't aware of, such as an overturned bucket. Make a habit of regularly walking around your yard to find places where rainfall and water from your sprinklers tend to linger. If you notice that your lawn is damp for hours after watering it, reduce the amount of time you leave your sprinklers on.

Once you've eliminated potential watering holes, look for places where pests may choose to hide. Piles of debris, such as wood cuttings and broken yard equipment, provide plenty of places for pests to seek shelter. Overgrown shrubs and grass can also conceal pests. Working on trimming your yard will eliminate these hiding spots and prepare your yard to look beautiful for your Fourth of July gathering.

Finally, removing sources of food will also help you avoid pest infestations. Be vigilant about throwing food waste away; don't let it linger in your yard. Make sure that your outdoor garbage can lid is functioning and that there aren't any hole in the can. During your Fourth of July barbecue, take precautions to protect your food. For example, avoid leaving food unattended and uncovered on your picnic table. When the party is over, clean up immediately to keep pests from settling in for a meal.

If your efforts to thwart pests in your yard aren't giving you results, it's time to call up a team of professionals. Kline Pest Control serves a number of counties in Ohio and offers an extensive list of pest control services. Contact us today to ensure that your yard is ready for your Fourth of July party.

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