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St. Louis Pest Control – Clover Mites

Clover mites!  These pesky little bugs can get into anything due to there small size.  Something that  looks completely sealed to you and me may look like a gigantic opening to them.  Clover mites are most active in the spring but if conditions are right they can be found year round, even on a sunny winter day.  And as all of St. Louis knows, our winters can go from a frigid snow packed day to a  50-60 degree day in a matter of days, this week being a perfect example of this.  In the springtime,  Blue Chip Pest Services will receive dozen of calls each day about these pests.  The mostly common descriptions include; small red spiders,  small red ants and something that leaves a red smear when crushed.  The fact is, this bug is a mite, they are not even in the insect family.  They are considered a nuisance pest because they do not bite or cause any structural damage to your home or business.  However, the Clover mite does have a red pigment inside their bodies that will stain surfaces if crushed or smashed.

Clover mites suck fluids from grass, clover and other plants as their source of food.  Therefore, those of you who have sprinkler systems or have poor water drainage away from your home can have continual problems throughout the summer if not treated.

At Blue Chip Pest Services, our exterior pest control program focuses on those areas where pests forage and hide.  This includes creating a 6′ barrier out from your foundation and going 2-3′ up onto the foundation.  We also treat behind siding, around windows & doors and any other entry point that mites will use to enter a structure.   If you have a problem with Clover mites every spring, it is best to treat these areas before they have chance to gain a stronghold.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to http://www.bluechipexterminating.com/ for more information regarding our service options.

St. Louis Pest Control – Moles

My yard is infested with  moles!  This is what most people think when they first notice all the damage  that has been done.  Sometimes, you can go to bed with a picture perfect lawn only to wake up to a nightmare.  One mole can cause enough damage for anyone to think that there must be a colony at work.  At Blue Chip Pest Services we get this question a lot.  However, there has been enough research and studies on moles for us to know that moles are extremely territorial  and do not work together.  In fact, they don’t even share ones tunnels.

Anyone who has had to battle a Mole in St. Louis  knows the damage these little animals can do to your lawn and planter bed.  With Spring right around the corner, moles will start to forage closer to the surface of your yard in search of there favorite food, a tasty earthworm.

 

Now that we know the moles favorite food is worms why can’t we just get rid of all the worms in our yards?  There are several reasons why you don’t  want to rid your yard of worms.  Having worms means you have a healthy lawn, they help aerate the soil so that plants can have a new path for their roots to grow.  The second reasons why you don’t want to rid all of your worms, it would be almost impossible to accomplish and be more costly than just trapping or poisoning the few moles you may get each year.

At Blue Chip Pest Services, we have a mole service program that eliminates moles through the use of mechanical traps or using mole baits in extreme cases.  The mechanical trap that we use is buried half the way into the ground so that the clamping device that actually traps the mole is below the surface.  This helps prevent other non targeted animals from be able to trip the trap by accident.  The mole baits are also used in the same manner, buried below the surface.

For those of you who prefer to be more hands on, check out one of our three locations  for all of your Do-It-Yourself professional supplies.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to http://www.bluechipexterminating.com/ for more information regarding our service options.

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