St Louis Pest Control Blog

Stinging Insects: The Pests of Summer

It’s summer and that means that stinging insects are out in full force. Bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are the uninvited guests in many backyards and pools. With more and more people becoming seriously allergic to the stings of honeybees, and because stinging insects are a nuisance in general, Blue Chip Pest Control gets many calls during the summer months to eradicate nests in the St. Louis area.
Here are some steps that you can take to be sure that you aren’t attracting stinging insects and inviting them to set up shop at your work or your residence.
Hornets: Hornets are especially aggressive, delivering sting after sting, and they build large, football-shaped nests on the sides of buildings and in trees. They live in colonies that number from several hundred hornets to several thousand!

  • During the fall, fill holes that are in your backyard to prevent ground-nesting wasps from using that space as a breeding ground.
  •  Inspect playset corners, the ceilings of porches, and the corners of patio-swing frames to see if any nests are forming. If they are, you can suck up a small nest with a vacuum cleaner and then leave it running for a while so that the hornets are destroyed by the heat.
  • If a nest is larger, do not attempt to remove the nest yourself! You’ll need special protective gear—hornets are very aggressive and will harm anyone who is standing nearby when they sense danger and leave their nest.

Wasps: Paper wasps can be aggressive if they feel an invader is near. Wasps often gain entry into your home by setting up shop in your chimney, attic, or eaves and then hibernating through the winter. When the weather becomes warmer, they can accidentally make their way into your house instead of flying back outdoors.

  •  While stragglers can usually be sucked into a vacuum cleaner or killed with a fly swatter, larger clusters will need a pest-control strategy.
  • Spraying eaves with insecticide in mid-spring, or calling a pest control company to kill hibernating wasps in the fall will help to keep this insect’s population down.
    Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets, sometimes confused with honeybees because of similar markings, can be aggressive if their nests are in danger. Their nests are usually in dead logs that are lying on the ground or in tree stumps.
  • If you have tree stumps that are in your yard or in the general area, try to remove them. It’s a perfect nesting area.
  •  Yellow jackets will also scavenge for food, so try not to leave food outside, or cover it if you’re having a picnic.
  •  These insects will circle around garbage areas, so cover your garbage and keep it a good distance away from your house and any doorways that would invite yellow jackets in.
    Honeybees: These insects aren’t as aggressive as some other stinging bugs, but they will still attack you if they or their colony is threatened. While bees are important insects, pollinating thousands of different plants and trees, they can cause anaphylactic shock in some people.

You can prevent nests from being built near your home or business by:

  •  making sure that they can’t enter cracks in your home’s foundation
  •  filling holes in structures that would make a good hive and filling in holes in the ground
  •  putting screening over attic vents, covering pools when they’ve not being used, and inspecting your yard or surroundings often to see if you can spot any hives. If you do, call a reputable pest control company right away before the hive becomes established.

Blue Chip Pest Control in St. Louis can remove any stinging insect nests that are in or near your home or business. We’re experienced and we have the right equipment and protective gear. Also, Blue Chip provides preventative maintenance to keep these insects away—for good. Call us today!

Guide To A Pest Free Yard in St. Louis

Now before I get started, making your yard free of pests is a little misleading.  This is really just a guide on to reduce the amount of pests that you might of normally had.  Making a yard 100% pest free is really an unrealistic plan but we can come close.  Here is a list of few things that can really help.

  1. Rake Up Leaves. Removing old leaves that have collected around your foundation, under decking, and in window wells will help eliminate potential harborage areas for all kinds of pests.
  2. Remove Standing Water. Standing water can be a problem for a variety of pests but the one that is most troublesome is the mosquito.  Providing them a place to breed will only give your restless evening trying to relax outside.  But don’t just think of standing water being stick in buckets or pots.  You can also have them breed in clogged gutters that hold water or bird baths that don’t get refreshed daily.
  3. Trim Grass / Weeds. Keeping all vegetation trimmed will prevent all kinds of pests from living in your yard.  The higher the vegetation gets, the more pests will find this attractive.  This includes insects and rodents.  High vegetation allows pests to move about more freely becuase they can easily hide in tall foilage.
  4. Clean Up Debris. If you keep a brush pile, fire wood or and other debris piles around your home, you might be asking for trouble when it come to bothersome pests.  You can attract pests such as termites, brown recluse spiders, rodents and even snakes to make their home here.  Reducing any amount of debris around your home will help eliminate harborage areas for these pests.

Yes, this list could go on and on, but this is really designed to open your eyes about your property.  Take a good look at what is around your yard, think like a bug, does something look appealing or do see you a good place to hide?  Reducing pest harborage areas is your best bet to getting a pest free yard.

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

Will This Rain Ever Stop … Ants Are Crawling All Over My House

Is this happening at your house?  With all the rain we have had lately in St. Louis, it has force some insects to higher ground.  One of those pests, ants, have been actively searching for a nest site that isn’t water logged.  Unfortunately for us, that nice and dry place that they are searching for might be our home.  If that is the case, your best option to get rid of ants is to use an ant bait.  Baits work great with  social insects, like the ant, that collect food for the colony.  As the colony share this bait with queen and all the other workers, it will cause the colony to collapse and die off.  This is especially good if the ants have nested in an area that you regularly wouldn’t be able to locate.  The ants do all the work for you, you just need to feed them.

Blue Chip sells and excellent professional grade ant bait at out three retail store Bug Outlets for the D.I.Y.’ers.  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to www.bluechipexterminating.com for more information regarding our service options.

 

Blue Chip is your premier pest control company in Chesterfield

Pests have a way of destroying property. Small mammals can ruin your yard by digging holes, and even smaller ants and termites can destroy your home by chewing on the wooden structure. Whether you are battling groundhogs or you are dealing with bed bugs inside the home, you need a company that will respond quickly and provide you with effective treatments.

Residential and Commercial Treatments
When it comes to pest control Chesterfield, call the company that can handle all of your pest control needs. While it’s important to keep your home free of pests for your personal comfort, it’s also important to keep the invaders out of your business. Insects can cause you to lose your restaurant, they can lead to heavy fines from government agencies and they are certain to drive away customers. Call for reliable pest control service before the little intruders have time to ruin your property and your life.

Fast Treatment
It doesn’t take long for minor pest problems to explode into serious issues. The Blue Chip pest control company in Chesterfield offers fast services for this reason. You don’t want to take chances with the exponential growth of insects like roaches or bed bugs, and rodents pose a serious health risk if they are not removed promptly. Blue Chip will respond as quickly as possible, and they will take steps to address the problem and handle the pest problem. Call for services as soon as you see signs of pests to protect your property, your family and your peace of mind.

All Pests, Any Time
Pests can be in the yard, lurking in the garage or invading the walls of your home. Whether you are hearing scratching in the attic at night, spiders are constantly spinning webs in the corners or you are finding mysterious holes all over the yard, you can trust the team at Blue Chip to help you. They treat all manner of pests, including bed bugs, termites and wildlife like moles, bees and even squirrels.

Remote Tracking of Traps
While some pests are treated with poisons and baits, larger animals need to be trapped and humanely removed. When you need pest control Chesterfield for critters like raccoons and groundhogs, trust Blue Chip to provide you with convenient services. They use cellular monitoring traps that alert technicians when the trap shuts. This means that homeowners don’t have to check on the traps themselves, and the animals are not confined to the trap longer than necessary.

Whether you need commercial or residential services, trust a reliable pest control company in Chesterfield. Blue Chip has been helping St. Louis residents with pest problems since 1959, and they have a full staff of trained, friendly pest control experts. Licensed and trained to deal with all manner of pests, they can help you with all of your pest and wildlife problems. If you are noticing droppings under the sink, hearing noises in the walls or seeing other signs of invasion, call their dedicated team for fast and effective services.

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