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Are You Trying To Control Cockroaches In Your Kitchen

Are you trying to control cockroaches in your kitchen?  If so, they are more than likely the German cockroach.  They are the most wide spread cockroach that infests homes and business throughout the world.  Once you get them, they can be very hard to eradicate.  Here are a few tips to help you in your battle.

 

1. Applying cockroach gel bait in cracks and crevices is highly effective.  Cockroach gel bait can be applied almost anywhere as long as it cannot be touched by human fingers under normal conditions.  When it all possible, apply small BB sized placements directly into the harborage (nesting site) area.   But you cannot use the gel bait alone without making sure all other food source have been thoroughly cleaned in the area of the infestation.  If you give the cockroach food choices, it may not pick the cockroach gel bait as it’s meal.  This step may need to be re-applied in about a week depending on the size of the infestation.

2. Use Boric acid insecticide dust in pipe chase or under cabinet voids if possible.  Boric acid is an excellent material for controlling cockroaches, but it has to be placed in area where people cannot come into contact with it.

3. Treat the perimeter of the kitchen with a residual insecticide spray along the baseboard.  This will help prevent any cockroaches from moving into a new area and kill those who may be harboring in that area.

Once you have completed the above steps, you should be on your way to success.  All these product above can be found at one of our three location.  And if the job is too big for you to handle, give us a call, our trained service technicians can take of any sized problem.

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.

Pest Control Products Every Home Should Have

Everyone has to deal with pests. We cannot get rid of them completely, so we must be able to strike a balance between maintaining a critter-free household and keeping ourselves and our pets safe from harmful chemicals. In order to make our homes an uninviting place for ants, mice, roaches, and termites, preventative maintenance and the use of reliable pest control products is key. If the situation gets out of hand, calling on the services of a professional exterminator may be necessary.

Keeping The Home Clean

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Pest control begins with cleanliness. Ants, roaches, and other insects are attracted to food particles and odor residues. They use small entry points to gain access to the home’s interior, and they quickly learn where the best food gathering places are located. It is imperative that food spills be cleaned up immediately, and all grease and grime removed from surfaces.

Bleach is the best weapon against lingering food odors. Vacuuming the carpets often is recommended and will remove odors that settle down from the room air. Remember that most insects, particularly roaches, will build a colony nest in a dark, warm, humid area. Caulking up small holes and keeping dust from accumulating in cabinetry will reduce the chances that insects will find a suitable nesting site. An exterminator can easily find entry points and seal them off permanently.

Choose The Proper Control Products

There are several pest control products every home should have. These are inexpensive, and when used correctly, pest control becomes a much easier job. Insecticide sprays can be used near baseboard, near the water heater, and even in the attic. Choose products that have minimal odors and remember to wear rubber gloves when spraying.

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Lawn care products not only kill unwanted pests in your yard, they greatly reduce the chances that these critters will locate an entry point into your home. Granular insecticides are best used in the springtime when the lawn and other foliage is beginning its peak growing period.

If your cat or dog spends time outdoors, fleas and ticks are sure to get a free ride. To keep these pests from multiplying, rid your pet of them completely by using a deterrent recommended by your veterinarian. Tablets and sprays are more efficient pest control products than are specialized flea collars.

Prevention tools for rodents and termites can be installed by a professional exterminator around the perimeter of your home’s foundation. One of the more effective methods of pest control, these bait stations and monitoring units help the professional exterminator locate the most likely points of entry. They also steer ants and termites away from the foundation and exterior walls of the home.

Professional Help Is Available

Quite often, homeowners do not realize they have a problem until an infestation is already underway. This is especially true when it comes to roaches and termites. A complete pest control and elimination operation may be necessary if the central nest cannot be located and destroyed.

Even with the use of modern pest control products, the best method of removing these unwanted guests from your home is to choose an experienced exterminator who knows exactly where to find the colony nest and destroy it. Blue Chip Pest Control services the greater St. Louis, MO area and offers residents complete pest elimination as well as preventative maintenance procedures.

Where Do MOLES Go When It Gets Cold

Where do moles go when it gets cold outside? In the St. Louis region, no where, they just go where the cold isn’t.  And since they live below the surface of your yard, they can only go one direction, down.  This is very easy for moles to do since they already have main (permanent) tunnels located deep below the surface. That is how they can easy pop up in different parts of your yard without making any surface damage from one spot to another.

 

As it gets colder, insects that they feed on also tend to dig down deeper, somewhere below the frost line. And since moles stay active all winter long, they need to go where the food is.

The colder weather also makes it harder for you to control mole activity.  Since the insects are moving downward, moles will not find as many insects as they would like, so they tend not to return to a newly dug feeder run in your yard like they would during warmer months. This doesn’t mean you can’t get them, it just means you need to have more patience.

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.

Preventative Measures: Simple Tricks to Prevent Pest Infestations

No matter the time of year, it can be difficult to keep bugs and other pests from building nests and invading your home. Whether you live in an apartment or an older home, bugs can creep in unseen and cause a lot of damage before you even notice. Practicing good pest prevention can go a long way toward keeping your property safe and loved ones safe. Here are some simple tips on effective pest control.

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Store Food Properly

Effective pest prevention begins with making your home less attractive to insects and other vermin. Unsealed food such as leftovers and cut fruit will draw in ants in particular who enjoy a steady access to unattended food. Wrap leftovers tightly and store them inside the fridge or in your pantry to prevent spoiling, and discard any food that’s been sitting out long enough to attract bugs.

Check for Gaps and Cracks

Bugs can squeeze through even the tiniest of cracks in your baseboards and floors. Inspect your seals and the spaces surrounding large openings to ensure they’re closed off to outdoor visitors. Don’t underestimate an insect’s size or ability to fit through a miniscule space. Take extra precaution and reinforce the seals for proper pest control.

Wipe Up Excess Water

You’re more likely to find cockroaches in the kitchen and bathroom because these insects constantly look for water sources. One way to achieve good pest prevention is to mop up excess water and check for occasional leaks. After a heavy rain or storm, make sure that the areas which receive excess water are thoroughly dry to prevent insects from invading.

Clear Up Nooks and Crannies

When cleaning the house, it can be tempting to ignore small nooks and crannies because no one will ever see them. In reality, spiders and other pests love dark and musty corners. To maintain active pest prevention, clear away the cobwebs from time to time and check small places around your home for bugs. Wiping down small spaces will go a long way toward effective pest control.

Maintain Outdoor Foliage

Do you keep an outdoor garden or flowers near your windowsills? These areas may attract extra attention from an unintended audience. Wasps and ants are drawn to brightly colored plants, and insects may start building nests near unattended flora. Check your outdoor garden and windowsills and keep them well-maintained to prevent bugs from setting up shop in your flower beds.

Consult a Professional

If you discover an influx of pests and can’t get rid of them, then you may need to call an expert. The friendly professionals at Blue Chip Pest Control in St. Louis, MO can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to DIY pest prevention. In addition to providing you with tips on effective prevention, they also offer a wide variety of pest control services to keep your home and family safe from infestations. Maintaining your home and utilizing the help of knowledgeable professionals will help safeguard your property against unwanted visitors all year long.

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