St Louis Pest Control Blog

The Damage Wildlife Animals Can Cause in the Attic

With the population explosion of both humans and wildlife, it’s not unusual to spot critters like squirrels, possums, raccoons and field mice running through the yard occasionally.  You won’t see the nocturnal ones too often during the day, but they are there. Real problems arise when they decide to take up housekeeping in what they view as an unused space in your home. Wildlife removal isn’t even a thought to the homeowner when the most likely place for them to reside is in the attic, undisturbed by human activity.

The damage that can be done by an animal in a short period of time can quickly add up to thousands in needed repairs. Wildlife removal is necessary to keep the damage from getting worse. The attic is a bad space to have a wild animal problem due to the extensive wiring that normally sits in these spaces. It is also an area that shelters roof supports and insulation.

Raccoons, possum, squirrel and field mice will all chew wood and insulation up to build nests to house babies. They will leave urine and feces on any of the material remaining. There could be substantial damage done before they are noticed and wildlife removal is initiated. The wild animals aren’t concerned if they are chewing up a floor or roofing joist. They really don’t care how much the insulation cost. Their only concern is to find a safe, warm place for them and the babies they plan to raise.

Damage by wildlife on home wiring is not only expensive to fix, but it can bring about a dangerous situation that can lead to a fire. Sparking wires and nests of paper, wood and insulation are a dangerous combination. No matter how cute or harmless a wild animal seems, it’s important to do wildlife removal if you find them in your attic. Leaving an animal to reside in this space could lead losing your home, belongings or life in a fire.

Check the roof, eaves and vents to see if they have been disturbed, dug through or parts removed. These are your first signs that there are wild animals trying to access the attic area. Doing a physical inspection of the attic every few months is highly recommended, especially if you live in area that is high in wildlife population. Take note of any areas of disturbed insulation, chewed wood or wiring. If you find a live animal, back away and call for wildlife removal service.

Be vigilant in protecting your home against damage due to wildlife. Frequent inspection and making entry into the attic difficult will minimize the chances of a wild animal invasion. Keeping a barrier between you and the great outdoors and doing wildlife removal from your home isn’t mean. It’s both sensible and humane.

If you’re experiencing an issue in your house that you feel may deal with wildlife removal in St. Louis. Feel free to contact Blue Chip Pest Control Services, or by e-mailing us directly at service@stlbugs.com.

Brown Recluse Spider: Common Venomous Species in the United States

The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the more venomous spiders found in North America. It lives in Midwest states ranging from Nebraska to Ohio and down to the Gulf Coast. Although it has been known to travel stowing away in packages, the Brown Recluse Spider has not yet colonized in other regions. The bite is venomous, but rarely fatal and could cause permanent damage to the bite area. It is better to leave this species alone when encountered.

The typical habitat for the Brown Recluse Spider is wooded places where it is dry. They could be found living in cellars, garages and woodpiles. Sometimes old clothing stored in these areas provides a perfect place where they live. It is the reason why clothing stored in garages and closets, like gloves and shoes, should be checked before use. A spider could be hiding inside safely wrapped in an irregular shaped web. Brown Recluse Spiders are fairly moderate in size reaching a length of three quarters of an inch. A violin-shaped marking on the head and midsection is one way to identify them. Often, the Brown Recluse Spider is referred to as the violin or fiddler spider.

The Brown Recluse bites in response to a threat. This includes donning clothes where the spider currently lives. The venom is hemotoxic, or capable of destroying red blood cells. Few people immediately recognize when they have been bitten. It has small fangs often incapable of penetrating through clothing and the bite is not regarded as painful. However, the spider will bite when in direct contact with skin. As the hemotoxic venom begins to break down blood cells, a visible lesion, called necrosis, will form in two to eight hours. In many cases, the venom remains localized and the lesion area is relatively small. However, some people develop extensive lesions that require months to heal leaving a visible scar.

There are certain cases where bite from the Brown Recluse Spider could be fatal. It typically occurs in minors and elderly, people with a weakened immune system. A severe reaction to the spider venom could include fever, vomiting and be accompanied with joint and muscle pain. Because reaction to the venom generally occurs hours after the bite, it is important to apply common sense first aid and an immediate trip to a physician as soon as symptoms occur. First aid includes application of ice to the bite area to reduce spread of the venom. If the spider could be caught safely, it is a good idea to bring the spider along for proper identification. Physicians have a difficult time identifying this species of spider from only skin lesions and could apply the incorrect treatment. Anti-venom is available and would reduce the affects of a spider bite.

The Brown Recluse Spider, a common spider in mid-western states, is best left alone. Although it is generally not dangerous, affects of spider venom could be severe. Proper identification of the species is the first step to proper treatment.

If you feel that you have a brown recluse spider issue around your house, or any other pest control issue you need to take care of in the St. Louis area. Then please do not hesitate to contact us at Blue Chip Pest Control by either clicking here to contact us. Or by sending us an e-mail directly at service@stlbugs.com.

St. Louis Skunks – Will That Smell Ever Go Away?

If you have pets and live in an area where skunks are an issue (that’s everywhere in St. Louis). I’m sure you had an incident were one or more of pets have been sprayed by a skunk.  This is no laughing matter, not only does it smell bad but it can make your pet sick from the over powering smell.  Luckily, there are a few home remedies to remove the smell from your pets.  The one I will share with you is made from common household products.

1 Qt – 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

1/4 Cup – Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

1 Teaspn – liquid soap

Mix all of them together. Apply to an already wet-ted down pet, work thoroughly into pets hair. Let mixture set for 3 -4 minutes. and then rinse.  ** Do not save unused portion of mix, it will not keep **

If you want a simple solution, we also carry a product in our stores called skunk off that can be used for not only pets, but people, clothes, etc.

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.

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