St Louis Pest Control Blog

Three Easy Steps to Office Pest Control

Houses aren’t the only places that have pest problems—office buildings do also. Offices have pest problems because bugs and small animals are always:

  • Looking for shelter
  • Looking for food
  • Looking for water

As far as pests are concerned, an office building is just as hospitable as a home.

Common Office Pests

Many pests are bugs, which can easily fly into your building every time a door is opened. They find the conditions to be temperate, and make their way to office kitchens and cafeterias. The most common pests in an office are:

  • Gnats: Plants that are holding too much water in their pots can attract gnats.
  • Beetles: Beetles are looking for a hospitable environment in which to lay their eggs, including in crackers and cereal.
  • Fruit Flies: These flies are attracted to fruit such as bananas and apples and are also found near sugary liquids like soda pop and iced tea.
  • Cockroaches. Most buildings, unfortunately, have cockroaches. If you see them, they’re likely looking for food.
  • Ants. During the summer, many ants are well into building nests and creating infestations. You’ll see them when the weather becomes nice and when there’s been too rain, forcing them inside for food.
  • Rodents. Rats and mice can fit into nearly any space—mice, in fact, can fit into a building by squeezing through a dime-sized hole. They carry disease and will eat just about anything.

Prevent Office Pests

Building management and building employees will need to work together to control and eliminate any pest problems or infestations.

  • Ask all office workers to keep a clean workplace. Ask everyone to store food properly and to throw away any unwanted or uneaten food every day that attracts bugs and rodents. If office space is clean, that will go a very long way towards reducing the chance of pests finding food.
  • Empty garbage every day. Rats and mice nest in paper, and most offices are a rich source of printer paper or newspapers. Emptying the trash every night forces rodents to find a different place to settle into.
  • Inspect large food deliveries. If your office receives food deliveries for the cafeteria, be sure to monitor the boxes that it comes in. It’s not unusual for bugs to nest in items like flour and sugar.

If your St. Louis office space is infested with bugs or rodents, it’s time to call a professional pest control company like Blue Chip. We know how to find nests, control the perimeter of buildings to reduce the likelihood of pests entering your building, and treating your building for any pest problems that are out of control.  Call us today for a consultation.

RATZILLA – Did You See The Story Of The Giant Rat Caught In Sweden

Check it out, click the link here to see the video and read the story.  It pretty amazing.  A family caught a giant rat living in their kitchen.


Voles – One Of The Most Prolific Yard Rodents

Do you have Voles in your yard?  No, I’m not taking about Moles, its Voles with a “V”.  Voles are rodents that are also called Meadow mice. Voles love to burrow in and around your home planter beds.  The make small broom sized holes that they use for feeding and for their homes.  They will feed on a variety of insects, seeds and roots.  What makes them such a nuisance around your plants is they will burrow under the plant to feed on the bulb or roots of the plant causing it to die.  Other ways you can tell if you have Voles in your yard is to look for their surface runs.  They will graze away all the grass in the pathways leaving a bare path.

Controlling a Vole problem can be done using a variety of methods that includes burrow baiting with a rodenticide, using exterior bait station, or simply putting a snap trap in the surface run and letting the Vole run right into the trap.

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


Have an Ant Problem?

Let Us Take Care of Your Ant Problem

It’s easy to tell when an ant infestation is in the making. You’ll see a line of them marching in single file across your kitchen counter or floor, following their invisible scent trails, struggling to carry crumbs back to the nest. You’ll see tell-tale dirt mounds outdoors, marking the spot where the colony lies. Either way, it’s clear they’re not concerned by the giant human who’s watching them work. Ants have an singular sense of purpose, and that purpose is to feed and build their community.

For some homeowners, an ant infestation may be annual and brief. For others, they’re a home or yard invasion that lasts all year, causing a nuisance at the least and property damage at the most. It’s very likely that you may need pest control services to take care of the problem.

Missouri is home to a great number of ant species. Most common are red, black and winged carpenter ants, field ants, and the dreaded odorous house ant! All of these diverse species have a common theme. They are intelligent, determined, colony-minded and very strong for their size.


Carpenter Ants

Whether they’re red, black, crawling on the ground or flying in swarms, these ants are big. None of the carpenter ant species actually eat or digest wood, but before you exhale a sigh of relief, know that a carpenter ant infestation usually occurs anywhere that decayed or rotting wood is found, indoors or out. Indoors, these infestations can be mistaken for termites, another insect that plagues Missouri homes. Outdoors, they’ll nest in a hollow tree or an old fencepost, a poorly maintained outbuilding, or in a pile of unused firewood.

Field Ants

Very similar to carpenter ants, these guys don’t often come indoors. When they do, they’re on the hunt for sweets, a sure sign that their usual source of food, honeydew from aphids, is absent. Outdoors, you may see traces of an anthill in the cracks of a sidewalk. Though it looks small from above, the colony below the concrete slab may be several feet deep and wide, a testament to the work ethic of this proliferating insect. This is definitely a case for pest control to be made, especially with a large ant infestation.

Odorous House Ants

These ants are small, and they are also the most common house ant in Missouri. True to their name, they emit a bitter odor when stepped on. They like warm, damp areas and will even nest near sinks and cabinets. This type of ant is omnivorous and will eat anything from cupcakes to hamburger.

Do You Need Pest Control?

In Fenton, Missouri and surrounding communities, Blue Chip Exterminating offers pest control services that are prompt, professional and effective. We know the habits of every type of ant found in our state. We’ll find and remove their nests, and help you prevent ants from returning. Your peace of mind is important to us, so give us a call and we’ll help you restore it!

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