LIMA — Bees, spiders, yellow jackets and mice will be the most troublesome pests for residents this fall, according to Northwest Ohio, Indiana and Michigan exterminators Craig Ruhe and Matt McConnahea.
“Every pest in any given year will have its year,” said Ruhe, owner of Tri-State Pest Solutions. “We’re seeing an explosion of wolf spiders. We saw yellow jackets last year, and next year it may be something different.”
The most uncommon infestations Ruhe has dealt with was removing a bee nest in a wall and resolving mole and chipmunk damage.
McConnahea, general manager of Buckeye Exterminating, said the most unusual pest he’s dealt with was a tarantula.
“There was one in the hotel that probably came in through someone’s luggage,” McConnahea said. “It was already dead when we got there, but they did not want to touch it. Besides that incident, most of the calls we get are pretty boring.”
Bed bugs are by far the worst pest all season round, Ruhe said. Ruhe does preventative work with apartment complexes and hotels.
McConnahea does preventative work with restaurants, motels, food manufacturing and warehouses.
“Bed bugs are becoming a real problem in this area,” Ruhe said. “I’ve run into pyrethrin resistant bedbugs because of bad exterminations or someone not properly treating their home. This leads to the bugs reproducing and becoming resistant to the treatment.”
Bad exterminations and improper treatments for bed bugs can lead to residents having to ultimately move out, Ruhe said.
“There are definitely home products out there, but the biggest problem I see with them is people don’t understand how to apply it,” Ruhe said. “They ultimately end up with more trouble than when they started. People spend about $150 to $200 on bed bug spray, and they end up calling me, and I’m cheaper and get it professionally done.”
McConnahea does not recommend that residents use bombs to get rid of roaches and bedbugs, as they too are not effective.
“If you’re dealing with roaches and bedbugs, it’s not going to knock out the problem,” McConnahea said. “It’s most likely going to spread to other parts of the house.”
Bedbug treatments through Tri-State Pest Solutions and Buckeye Exterminating usually get rid of the pest from one treatment 80 to 90 percent of the time. The treatment vacate time for residents and their pets is usually eight hours for bedbugs and two hours for regular pests.
“The Ohio Department of Agriculture would like you to follow up on all bedbug jobs,” Ruhe said. “If they follow my preps, I can usually get rid of them the first time.”
Buckeye Exterminating also offers preparation sheets that customers can find on buckeye1.com
“We walk them through what they need to do before and after our treatments,” McConnahea said. “With our general treatments, there’s not a lot of preparation, just de-cluttering and light house cleaning. But when you get into bedbugs and roaches, it’s a little bit more thorough, and it takes a few days to get prepped.”
Buckeye Exterminating is currently booked out for about a week and a half to two weeks but will expedite emergency calls, such as a bee outbreak at a school or a loose raccoon in a home, McConnahea said.
McConnahea said he is proud to serve Northwest Ohio and is grateful for his team, which for 30 years has helped residents with their pest control problems.
“If it weren’t for our techs and office staff and what they do, we would not be the company we are today,” McConnahea said. “They deserve a lot of the credit. We have about 25-30 employees, and they all have to do their thing as a cohesive unit, and I think as a company we do that very well.”
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