What’s the Latest Buzz?

by Kacey Wyman on March 31, 2017

If you have not heard, BEES are in trouble! I know some of you may be thinking, ” good! No more getting stung!” While you may think that bees can be a nuisance to us, they are actually extremely crucial to our survival. Did you know that bees are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of food we eat! That of course includes honey, but we have bees to thank for all the other crops that grow too.

A new edition to the endangered list is the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee. They were added March 27, 2017. They have found that “the rusty patched bumble bee is likely to be present in scattered locations that cover only about 0.1% of the species’ historical range.” Around 20 years ago the rusty patched bumble bee was so common you would not have even noticed it flying from flower to flower to pollinate. Now, it is the first ever bumble bee in the United States to be declared on the brink of extinction.

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As a company, Epcon Lane will not be killing any rusty patch bumble bees and you can help too. Plant flowers! Plant any of your own that you prefer from spring to fall. Many companies too are dedicated to help saving the bees. Honey Nut Cheerios will send you a free packet of wild flower seeds when you go onto their website to save the bees! We know that bees can sometimes get a bad rep, but they truly are a friend to us and we need to help keep them around for years to come!

Pharaoh Ants

by Kacey Wyman on February 13, 2017

What are those little black ants and why can I not get rid of them? This is a question so many homeowners have and the answer is very simple: Pharaoh Ants. With the unseasonably warm winter we are having in Northeast Ohio, you might be seeing these sooner than normal. Since we haven’t had a thorough freeze, but we are running our heat continuously in our homes, the ants will wake up and think it is Spring.

Pharaoh ants are small, mostly black (can be tan, yellow, reddish-brown) ants that prefer to nest indoors, which is why most homeowners and business owners may experience an ant problem. It is of course best to avoid letting these ants in your house at all, because once they are in it can be difficult to get rid of them.

Pharaoh ants can get in through tiny cracks and are attracted to sweet and oily food, but will eat pretty much anything, including other insects. Once they are in your house they could multiply rapidly. They are different than other ants because they have multiple queens. They also move frequently if in contact with a repelling odor.
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Getting rid of Pharaoh ants can prove to be very difficult and is usually done best when left to a professional. A lot of homeowners will think it is best to get an insecticide when in reality that is making the problem worse. The insecticide will kill off the ants that you can see, but because they can detect a hazardous smell they will report back to the queen who will then move the nest. It is also very probable that they would move to a couple different spots resulting in your house becoming increasingly infested.

To avoid the attraction of Pharaoh ants you should practice cleanliness and make sure there is never any open food lying around. If you do happen to become infested by them your best option is to call a pest control professional, like Epcon Lane, so that they can eliminate them efficiently. We will also bait in the appropriate places, which is a far more effective solution than spraying the insecticide.

Getting Rid of Pharaoh Ants. (2012, October 23). Retrieved from http://www.pestcontrolmanagement.org/pharaoh-ants.html

Zika Virus

March 3, 2016

Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted that in 2016, 3-4 million people will be affected. While yes, that is alarmingly high, the disease is preventable so get your information now! This disease is not deadly in most cases. There are many symptoms to look out for and some […]

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Bed Bug Prevention When Traveling

November 23, 2015

If you stay in a hotel or motel, keep these bed bug travel tips in mind. it is important that you take some precautions to ensure that your room is bed-bug free before you settle in. In a recent survey by NPMA, 75% of pest control professionals indicated that they have encountered infestations of bed […]

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Seal Up Your House from Rodents

November 9, 2015

It’s finally getting chilly here in Northeast Ohio and everyone is heading indoors. Keep in mind though that you’re not the only one wanting to get inside, mice and squirrels are too and your house is their perfect escape! There are many important steps to prevent infestation inside the home. It is recommended to seal […]

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Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham

September 11, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015, Beeatrice rappelled down a 22 story building in downtown Akron, OH after raising $1500 for Hattie Larlham. The event in total raised over $75,000! The Akron community is very important to our company and we try to be as socially active in it any chance we get. That being said, Hattie […]

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West Nile Virus Found in Summit County

September 3, 2015

The first case of West Nile Virus (WNV)  in Summit County of 2015 was discovered on Tuesday, September 1st. The person infected is currently recovering. While this is not the first case the state has seen this year, it is something to look out for as it is now near the Akron area. The state of […]

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What’s the Buzz on Yellow Jackets?

June 29, 2015

Summer is in fact here (even if we’re not quite feeling the heat in Northeast Ohio) and the bees are buzzing! While we love our honey bees, sometimes it’s a little more difficult to feel the same way about it’s relative, the yellow jacket. The following blog you will learn specific facts about yellow jackets, […]

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Mosquitoes are Coming..That Bites!

June 18, 2015

Northeast Ohio has been hit with an abundance of rain lately and it does not look like it is going to let up anytime soon. That plus the fact that the official start of summer is right around the corner can only mean one thing… MOSQUITOES! Anyone growing up around here knows that the sweet […]

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Commercial Pest Prevention Tips

May 12, 2015

Taking the proper steps in pest prevention is a key factor in keeping your business pest free. Of course, pest control companies like us are always there to assist you in prevention as well as after they have already invaded, but with the help of pestworld.org we have created a list of steps YOU can take to […]

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