2020 is the year of clarity for most and we want that to be the case here at Epcon Lane. We want to be clear on the problems that are expected to arise this year within the pest industry so that our customers know what to expect. We also want to be able to provide clear solutions to our customers to help solve these pest problems, and keep their homes and businesses clear of intruders.
So what pest problems are we expecting to see this year and what can we do about them?
In the past we expect mice to be an issue mainly in the winter months. While this is still true, our weather is shifting and our winters are warmer. This is causing the mice population to increase in the spring/summer/fall months as well. Food service industries will be especially affected by this.
While a rat infestation is not something Northeast Ohioans particularly have to worry about, just know that it is a growing issue. This is especially true in cities like LA, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. The infestation is due to all of the overpopulation of landfills and the accumulation of trash.
Another issue that is increasing due to a rubbish problem and climate change is fly populations. There are three types to look out for: house flies, bottle flies, and flesh flies. These three will be an issue in the coming months.
4. Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have been around for a while now and are something that we have all heard of. This will be helpful because the more people that know about them, the more people that recognize and report them. That helps get rid of them quicker and stop the spread! The bad thing however, and what we will be seeing in 2020, is that they are starting to spread into more places than just homes and the hospitality industry. Places like hospitals have been dealing with bed bugs for a long time, but other places of business will need to be on the lookout for them now too.
5. Spotted Lanternfly
This bug is originally from Asia, but started popping up in Pennsylvania in 2014. It is a pest that is of most concern for anyone dealing with trees and fruit crops, but is also a concern for anywhere that contamination is possible. They were first spotted in Pennsylvania, but have invaded Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. While Ohio is not on that list, they are in a state that is a direct neighbor to us so they are something to keep your eye out for. More info and original photo.
Our final pest problem we expect to see this year is birds. Around the U.S. birds have become problematic as they continue to make their nests in and around places like warehouses and grocery stores.
So what can you do about all of this?
One of the main ways to help keep some of these problems at bay is to cut down on your waste and how much of it is laying around. Have trash picked up frequently and keep it all contained until it can be removed. You can also look into your local recycling centers if your neighborhood does not pick up recycling. This will help with mice, rats, and flies.
For the mice issue, make sure you do not have any holes that they can enter. If you do, seal them up! Best practice is to add steel wool to the sealant. Mice can fit into a hole the size of a pencil. It is also important to contact us immediately if you do see a mouse because they can multiply quickly.
In regards to bed bugs, just keeping an eye out for them is key. If you have product coming into your business, do the best you can to inspect it before it goes out to the rest of the store. We know this can be an overwhelming task, but it can help stop the bed bugs from spreading anywhere else. Also, to call as soon as you do see a bed bug so that we can come out and treat it! The sooner you catch it, the sooner we treat it, the less it gets to spread, and the less you spend on services.
The best way to help yourself this year is to be proactive about a pest problem! We know some problems are not preventable though, so we are always prepared for any problem that may arise.
*Original list from Rentokil