St Louis Pest Control Blog

Fall Rodent Control

Rodent Control

Rodents are known to spread over 35 different diseases worldwide. Handling rodents or being exposed to their urine, feces or saliva can put humans at risk of contracting any one of those diseases. This is especially troublesome during the cooler months when rodents are looking for a warm place indoors to call home. Effective rodent control is essential to eliminate the threat of disease.

Prevent Entry

The best way to control rodents is to stop them from getting in. Rodents get into the home through small holes and cracks. In fact, a mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel. Look for holes in the roof among the rafters, around windows, doors, vents, foundation and seal them properly. Place screens on anything that connects the inside of the house to the outside.

Eliminate Rodent Food Sources

Rodents will go where there’s food and shelter. Keep food and food waste stored in plastic or metal containers with tight lids. Dispose of garbage on a regular basis. Don’t leave pet food out overnight. Remove weeds and debris near buildings and in yards. Don’t provide hiding places for rodents e.g. store boxes on a rack off the ground.

Traps

Traps can be used for rodents already inside the home. There are three types of traps namely a snap trap, live trap and glue trap. A snap trap is the most common and the one recommended by the CDC (Centre for Disease Control). Live traps should be handled very carefully because they often scare rodents and cause them to urinate. Their urine becomes a hazard because it could contain germs.

Poison Baits

Poisons can be used as a way to eliminate a rodent infestation but it is considered extremely risky for home owners. Over the counter baits are extremely hazardous and if not applied correctly, and in out of reach areas, can be fatal if accidentally ingested by children or pets. When we use baits for the control of rodent populations it is concentrated on the exterior of the home and always applied in locked and secured bait stations that are resistant to children or pets.

Disease

The diseases carried by everyday rats and mice can be directly and indirectly transmitted to humans and pets. Some of the most common rodent-borne diseases include Hantavirus, salmonella and Lyme disease. These can be transmitted through a rodent bite, urine, saliva or contact with rodent waste products. These diseases are serious and can be fatal e.g. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is an often fatal disease caused by Hantavirus infection. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans by ticks that feed on rodents. If left untreated or inadequately treated, Lyme disease can lead to permanent paraplegia.

Professional Rodent Control

Blue Chip Pest Control of St. Louis provides a professional rodent removal and prevention service. Offering traps, baits and other methods of rodent removal, Blue Chip will also conduct a thorough survey of the home to identify all areas of entry. Rodent control is further enhanced by an exterior rodent baiting program which includes setting up an exterior station (secure from pets and children) with rodenticide. This reduces the rodent population before they can even try to get inside the home.

Hantavirus in St. Louis?

Have you seen the story about the two deaths in Yosemite caused from the Hantavirus?  If not here’s the link Yosemite Hantavirus Death.

So the big question now is, Can people in St. Louis contract the Hantavirus?  The answer is year, but the odds are not as great as they are in western part of America.  The rodent that is responsible for the Hantavirus is the Deer mouse.  A Deer mouse looks a lot like a regular mouse except it has more of brownish pelt with a white under belly, just like a real deer.

What is the Hantavirus and how do people get it?  The Hantavirus is Pulmonary Diseases that is caused by breathing in dried infested fecal matter.

How can you prevent Deer mice from getting into our home?  The best way is to be proactive, put exterior rodent station around the exterior of your home to kill off an potential rodent before they have an opportunity to infest your house.  At Blue Chip we have several residential plans that have exterior rodent stations as apart of the regular pest control services or for the D.I.Y.’ers, check out our line of exterior rodent stations at one of our retail stores.

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

Don’t Spray That Ant

Did you know that there are some St. Louis ants that will cause your problems to get worse if spray them.  It’s true!  Odorous House and Pharaoh can both split their colonies in to smaller groups if pesticides are sprayed into or around the nest.  The splitting of the colony is called budding and it is a defensive mechanism to ensure survival.  The  best ant / pest control approach for these small ants is to use baits.  Baits are very low in toxicity and decimate colonies before they know what hit them.

How do you know if the ants are Odorous House Ants or Pharaoh Ants?  This can be very tricky if you don’t have a lot of experience with either species.  The best way to tell if it is a Odorous House ant is to crush one between your fingers and smell it.  That’s right, smell it.  If it has a rotten coconut or citrus smell it is more than likely a Odorous House ant.  If the ant lacks any smell at all then you might be dealing with a pavement ant.

Now, if you have Pharaoh ants there is no crush test that can be done for identification purposes.  Pharaoh ants are very small though, much smaller than a Pavement ant.  My suggestion would be if you have ants smaller than a Pavement ant then you should just bait them to be safe.  Baiting after all is truly a great way to control social ants.

You can visit one of three retail pest control locations around the metro St. Louis area for advise and products to solve any pest  issues that you mat have.  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to Blue Chip Exterminating for more information regarding our service options.

Take Action Now For Autumn Pest Control In St. Louis

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures start to cool in the St. Louis area, homes make very inviting places for certain pests to take up shelter during the fall and winter months. If homeowners aren’t proactive about protecting their property from pests seeking food, shelter and hibernation as outdoor temperatures continue to drop, they may face spending the winter months with such pests as rats, mice, ants and cockroaches living in their attics, walls and crawlspaces.

Cockroach Removal St. LouisThe chilly autumn temperatures automatically signal to pests such as mice and rats that they need to find a place to hibernate over the long winter months. But when these unwelcome and uninvited pests take up residence in your home, family members are at increased risk of disease. Without taking action now for autumn pest control, occupants of a home can suffer allergies throughout the fall and winter months due to pest infestations, not to mention having them break into food items being stored in cellars, attics and pantries, contaminating items that you’ve spent your hard-earned money for.

Blue Chip Pest Control and Removal Services are the St. Louis area pest experts for helping homeowners pest-proof their residences against the kind of pests that are drawn indoors once food and shelter are no longer easily accessible out of doors. There are several key areas in and around a home that deserve consideration during the pest-proofing process. Hoards of ants and cockroaches can easily take up residence in stacks of firewood stored on the porch or anywhere near a home, so care must be taken to store it as far away from the building structure as possible and to carefully inspect wood logs prior to moving them to the fireplace indoors. Likewise, mulch should be stored as far away from the entrance to a home as possible as the warm and humid environment tends to make a great bedding place for insects. Overgrown vegetation should be cut back completely to prevent pests from taking up residence right next to your home.

Any gaps surrounding windowsills, door frames and piping, even tiny ones, can offer rodents and cockroaches easy access indoors. The professional technicians at Blue Chip Pest Control Services are experts at discovering even the smallest dime-size gaps which could invite an unwanted pest invasion. We can help homeowners identify and give advice on how to seal these openings so that pests go knocking on someone else’s door this autumn. Homeowners also need to take care to keep garbage bins securely locked outdoors and practice good sanitation habits inside so that food leftovers don’t attract an invasion of autumn insects and rodents.

Homeowners who may suspect that any type of pest has already taken up residence inside or next to their residences should contact Blue Chip Pest Services as quickly as possible. The faster our experienced technicians can map out a game plan for their safe and easy extermination, using chemicals which will not harm the occupants of the home, the sooner homeowners can have peace of mind that they won’t face damage or disease resulting from hoards of pests taking up residence indoors during the autumn season.

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