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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.

Kline Pest Control

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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