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What do you know about raccoons?


The more you know about raccoons, the better prepared you’ll be when it comes to fending them off your property. Did you know they can weigh up to 35 pounds? These nocturnal animals often seek shelter indoors this time of year, and your property presents many opportunities. If left unattended, these varmints will cause damage and spread disease in your home.

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Temptations that will lure raccoons

  • Trash cans—hose out your trash cans every so often. Tip them upside down to get out excess water. Double bag your trash if you have meat in there and seal it tightly
  • Crumbs and food left out on your deck or patio are a surefire way to attract all kinds of wildlife
  • Pet food—store it inside the home or in a seal-tight container in the garage
  • Any sheltered area—yes, no matter how clean you are, raccoons will nest anywhere. Try shining bright light or creating a noise distraction. The ammonia-scent is another quick and easy deterrent.

Raccoons are omnivores that feed on a variety of food found in and around your home. They will even dig up your lawn in search of beetle grubs, causing damage.Food that raccoons eat include fruits and vegetables, insects, chickens, small mammals, and fish.

Nesting means trouble

Pregnant females will seek out shelter in places that may surprise you. Watch out—they may attack your pets if threatened. Places to check for include: garage, chimney, attic, under decks, any other access point three inches in diameter or larger.

Ways to deter raccoons

  • Add a little bleach or ammonia to your trash—the strong odor will keep these critters at bay
  • Clean up the areas around your home, including berries that may have fallen from trees on your property.
  • Seal your garbage cans tightly
  • Cap chimney flumes
  • Bring all pet food containers inside, especially at night

Call a professional!

If these simple tips aren’t working for you, never attempt wildlife removal on your own. Leave the trapping and relocation to us. Blue Chip has experience in pest control that uses infrared imaging and cellular monitoring to get the job done right. Call us today for more information!

Cockroach problems?

Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are tenacious, disease-spreading pests with quite a few strange survival skills, some of which you’ll be surprised to learn about. When it comes to pest control, don’t underestimate what it takes to rid your home for good of these insects.

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Here are a few of their odd behaviors:

Attracted to beer and will eat anything

Watch out, cockroaches are attracted to alcoholic beverages, especially the hops and sugar found in beer. Be sure to clean up well and rinse out beer bottles or cans.

Also, these scavengers will thrive on just about anything, including wallpaper paste, hair, and garbage. Even more unbelievable is that cockroaches can go for as long as six weeks without a meal! At least these scavengers do us a favor by consuming organic waste.

Can live for a week without a head

Cockroaches can live for a week without their heads because they have open circulatory systems, and breathe through spiracles, or holes in their body segments. They eventually die of dehydration, without their mouths to drink, or die from mold.

Cockroaches scurry quickly

It’s hard to believe. But even a baby cockroach the size of a dirt speck can keep up. Cockroaches can run up to three miles per hour, and turn quickly even while in full stride. So act fast!

Call Blue Chip today

What does this mean for pest control? It means cockroaches are difficult to control. To stop an infestation, reach out to a professional pest control company today. You’ll be glad you did. St. Louis-based Blue Chip has you covered.

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