St Louis Pest Control Blog

Deer Mice – can be a serious issue

Deer mice are slightly bigger than a common house mouse with a distinctive white under belly. This color combination gives the mouse it’s name as it has the same coloration as a white tail deer.  The reason the Deer mouse can be such a big problem, is the fact that they are a common carrier of a disease, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.

Now, just because they are a carrier doesn’t mean that every Deer mouse has the disease.  However, with that being said, it is important to treat every Deer mouse situation as if they do have the disease.  What do I mean by this?  Any time you come across a Deer mouse infestation it needs to be addressed immediately.  Don’t let the situation get out of hand.  The only way to get the disease into your body comes from the Deer mouses dried fecal matter.  If you have a infestation of Deer mice, there will be a lot of fecal matter that can become air born after it has dried out and disturbed.

In the case of an infestation, hiring a professional company to eradicate this problem is best bet.  However, the D.I.Y.’ers  can purchase products such as sticky traps and snap traps to catch the mice but make sure you use rubber gloves and even a dust mask when cleaning up the fecal and urine deposits.

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

Squirrels – Only cute in the house of the St. Louis Cardinals

Rally squirrel, rally squirrel,  I can hear the cry of the crowd.  Yes, even I have to admit it, the rally squirrel has captured this playoff run in a nice and positive way.  However, if you have a real squirrel problem at your home, watching it run up and around your home can cause some real damage and potentially could be the ruin of your home.

So why can squirrels be so much trouble?  The fact is, a squirrel living in your attic or soffit can cause your electrical wires to run hot and start a fire.  Squirrels, like some of the other animals that constantly have to gnaw on things to help their teeth from growing to long often confuse wires for tree branches and begin to gnaw on them.  This can and has caused major fires in home all across the world.

A few more reasons why squirrels living in your home can cause problems. Squirrels can introduce fleas into your home. As with any wild animal, fleas thrive on numerous hosts, squirrels included. Once a squirrel has found a nesting site, that area will also become infested with fleas.  So once a squirrel has been removed from the home, the fleas may find their way into your home looking for a new host.  The other reason why it’s important to remove a squirrel from your attic is because they will pick a few spots to use as their personal toilet. These areas can become so heavy from all the fecal matter and urine that it may cause water spots in the dry wall or even in some extreme cases cause the ceiling to cave in.

At Blue Chip, our certified animal specialists are trained for any type of animal removal possible.  We offer animal removal (live, trapped or dead), exclusion work and animal waste removal.  For the D.I.Y.’ers, visit one of our 3 stores for safe and secure live traps, we’ll even throw in the advice for free.

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


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