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Fleas Are Out Of Control

Have you been overrun with fleas in St. Louis this year?  Many people have.  Like many other insects in St. Louis, our mild Winter last year did not kill off a certain percentage of insects that would have normally died, had we experienced any type of a cold spell.  Once Spring had arrived (which was in March) the flea population had been given a head start this year.  Even people without pets have been getting fleas in their homes by simply going out to the mailbox and having one flea  jump onto their clothing and unknowingly taking back into the home with them.

Treating for such flea infestations have not changed in years.  Treat your yard with any flea labeled insecticide and the same for the interior.  In some cases, what you use outside isn’t always labeled for interior use, make sure to read the label first.  Some of the better interior products on the market have an adulticide and IGR (internal growth regulator) mixed together.Flea Control St. Louis

The IGR helps keep the population in check be sterilizing current immature stages so they can’t reproduce.  At our retail stores we two products with this exact mixer.  One is called Ultracide and the other is called Apline, both excellent for any infestation.  Just make sure you apply this in the infested areas in two treatments (about 7-10 days apart). St. Louis Flea And Tick Control As for you exterior, we also sell a pesticide that hooks to the end of a garden hose so that you can treat your entire yard, it is called Cyonara.

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

Are Honey Bees Nesting In Your Home?

Here is a interesting link that documents the process of removing a honey bee colony out of a wall void.

The reason it is important to remove a honey bee hive is because of the honey comb.  If the honey comb is left inside the wall voids, it will melt and seep through the cracks or bleed through the dry wall.  Why will comb melt without the bees?

That’s because the bees regulate the temperature when the hive is active.  If the comb gets too hot, it will cause the wax to become unstable.  Additionally, it will also cause problems with the earlier stages of the bees’ life cycle.  That is why if you ever have to kill a colony of honey bees inside your home it is very important to open up the walls or go into the attic to remove the comb.

If this step is not taken, you will have open yourself to a very messy problem down the road.

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

How to Treat a Yellow Jacket Nest

As St. Louis is now in the dog days of summer, stinging insects are going to become much more of a nuisance.  Proper treatment techniques can make the difference between getting stung and getting away un-harmed.  If you choose to do it yourself vs. hiring a professional pest control company, here are some tips to follow.

Yellow Jacket wasps are a very aggressive social insect.  They will swarm and sting anything that comes into direct contact with their nesting site.  They have even been known to attack if you just happened to walk within a few feet in some cases.  This reminds me of when I was a child, my younger brother happened to be playing near a ground nest when he was attacked out of no where.  I remember my mom taking him into the bathroom to help him out because a few wasps had flown directly up his pant leg as he accidentally stood above the  nest.  It has been over 30 years since this had occurred but me and brother (and my mom) still remember this day well. Needless to say, we are not huge fans of Yellow Jackets.

So, what is the best way to control Yellow Jackets once they have secured a nest site?  You must make a direct application into the nest and then wait it out.  This may sound like a disastrous plan, but it is very effective.  Now with that being said, you just can’t walk up to a nest treat without having the proper pesticide formulation or without having looked at the situation from about 10-15′ out.  Before you make the application you want to make sure there is only one exit/entry hole (sometime there are two and knowing where the second one is will help prevent someone from getting stung) and you want to identify the wasps’ flight pattern into the nest.  Knowing their flight patterns will allow you to approach the nest without getting attacked.  If you break this flight pattern close to the nest the wasps can attack you. Then the next step is to make a direct application of the pesticide into the nest.  If you do not get the dust directly into the nest the results may vary.

The best pesticide to use for this treatment is Delta dust, in my opinion.  Delta dust has an excellent formulation that allows the dust to flow down into the ground nest or into any other type of void nest effectively.  The dust can be applied straight from the container but for best results I would use a hand or bulb duster for better control and flow.  If you do not feel comfortable treating the nest during the day while the wasps are active you can treat the nest after dusk or before dawn.  The wasps are less active at this time.  Once the nest has been treated, retreat and stay away from this area until the next day.  You will find wasp hovering around the entrance reluctant to go into their nest because of the presence of the dust. They will eventually go back in though and pick up a lethal dose.  Within 2-3 days, the entire colony should be dead.  If for some reason you still have activity after 5 days has passed there is good chance the initial dusting was not done properly and treatment must be done again.

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

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