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Here Come The Lady Bugs

How To Handle Overwintering Pests Like the Lady Bug

With the fall season just around the corner, it won’t be long now until the Lady Bugs try to find a safe place to hide and over-wintering during our cooler months.  Yes, I realize its’s still over 65 degrees, but if you wait until they are a problem, you may have already lost the battle.  When preventing any over-wintering pest, it is always better to apply the appropriate pesticide before they congregate on the outside of your home so that you can prevent entry into your house walls and attic.

 

How to pre-treat for an over-wintering pest?  First, the best defense if to seal closed any crack or crevices that a insect can crawl into.  If you eliminate all entry points, they simply can’t get in to your home.  For those area that can’t be sealed, spraying a residual insecticide labeled for the control of Lady Bugs (Asian lady beetles) will be your best option.  Focus most of your spray on the SW side of the home as this is the side that stays the warmest in the winter months and is the most attractive to over-wintering pests. Spray around all windows frames, doors, where utilities are entering the home, the underside of the last piece of siding, the corners of the home that have siding and even the eves if necessary.  It’s better to treat too many areas than not enough.

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.

Going To A Pumpkin Farm? Don’t Blindly Reach Into The Container Of Pumpkins ….

OK,  before you continue to read this blog, let me just say the odds of what I’m about to tell you is low, but none the less, it is true and has happened to someone in the past.  As most people know, St. Louis pumpkins are harvested before the Halloween season approaches and are stored somewhere on the farm in a container of some type.  Well, this allows things (things that crawl or slither) to find their way into these boxes for shelter.

Yes, you probably get were I’m going with this, but it’s true.  People have found all types of snakes (mostly Black Rat snakes), all kinds of spiders (even Brown Recluse) and a variety of insects (too many to be specific) inside these stored containers.  So, before you start to blindly reach into the container of pumpkins to find that perfect one, take a look where your hands are going to touching.  You might just be surprised what is looking up at you.  Happy Halloween.

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.

Have You Heard About The Stink Bug Invasion?

Stink bugs are in the St. Louis area, but luckily we haven’t had the major issues the east coast has had thus far.  That doesn’t mean we won’t, but hopefully that will years away from now.

That a look at this link, Stink Bug Information, it will give some valuable information about the insect as well how to keep it out of your home.

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.

Protecting Your Home Against Overwintering Pests

Simple Steps to Prevent Pests

Many pests such as lady bugs will invade your home in the wintertime to avoid cold temperatures. The box elder bug also is a common home invader that requires effective pest control. Insects instinctively seek warm shelter to survive ice and snow. Because of the loss of natural habitats for insects, many pests will enter homes instead of trees. Homeowners must have a plan in place during early autumn to prevent and eliminate pests from buildings. There are several simple steps that individuals can use to discourage insects from invading a home. In addition to using natural home remedies to control insects, you can also hire an expert in pest control.

Stinkbug Invasions

The box elder bug thrives on particular species of trees such as the ash or maple. The main food of this species is the seeds of trees. This insect is easy to identify due to the red markings on its abdomen and wings against a dark brown or black background. A common nickname for this insect is stinkbug because of the strong odor it emits when sensing danger. The odor derives from a chemical in its body that causes it to taste bad to predators. The horrible smell created by numerous insects of this species is the main reason homeowners want to prevent it from entering homes.

Beetle Pests

Lady bugs are a tiny beetle that typically has a bright body color such as red, orange or yellow with black speckles. However, there are species of this insect that have a neutral color such as brown with white spots. Most people consider this insect helpful because it consumes dangerous insects from fields, orchards or gardens. If the population of this insect increases too much, it will begin to consume plants instead of aphids. When this happens, crops and produce are in danger of total destruction.

Insect Swarms

In early autumn, both types of insects will swarm into buildings to begin seeking shelter for the winter. The pests will find places to hide and nest during cold temperatures. However, when homeowners turn on furnaces, the nymphs often hatch due to an automated body response that indicates it is springtime. This may be the first time that homeowners are aware of an invasion by the box elder bug and lady bugs. Numerous insects can cause odor from chemical emissions and excrement. Sensitive individuals may have allergic reactions such as respiratory distress or watery eyes.

Pest Control

Filling small crevices on the exterior of a building is necessary to avoid overwintering insects from entering your home. You can buy inexpensive caulking to fill holes around utility pipes, window frames and outlets. Homeowners must also inspect roofing, eaves and foundations for entry points that require closure. In addition, repair or replace screens on windows and doors to prevent insects from entering. Residents of St. Louis can contact Blue Chip Pest Control to hire professional technicians who can apply insecticides to prevent or eliminate the box elder bug and lady bugs.

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