St Louis Pest Control Blog

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.

What Happens to Bugs in the Winter?

During the wintertime, bugs find various ways to endure. For example, some like monarch butterflies migrate to regions with warmer clients, while others escape to their shelters or even underground to escape the cold. For example, honey bees choose to stay in their hives during the winter and huddle together for warmth, while grasshoppers hibernate as eggs and hatch in the spring. The reason why a bug species might migrate or escape to their shelters or even underground during the winter is because like lizards and snakes, insects are cold-blooded. Therefore, they seek warmth either with each other and/or in a warm shelter.During the winter times, many bugs will begin to live under a type of hibernation status known as diapause. During diapause, a bug will reduce the amount of water in its body while its sleeps through the winter, by replacing it naturally in their bodies with glycerol, which acts as an antifreeze. It is very common to find bugs who are in the egg and pupae stages of development, who use this time to grow and develop into maturity until spring comes, when they will finally hatch.

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Bugs who find shelter like ants and bees, find warmth by huddling together inside. Occasionally they will leave the comfort of their shelters in order to seek warmth from the sun on days when the temperature rises above 45 degrees in Fahrenheit. Bugs can find shelter either in the structures they have built inside of people’s homes or outdoors. For example, spiders often go indoors to escape the cold, while ants might seek shelter in their hives, located either underground outside, or in the case of carpenter ants, stay in their tunnels carved out of wood, which can be found inside a wooden home or inside a tree.

Therefore, just because bugs are not as ubiquitous outside during the winter doesn’t mean that they’re gone. Bugs are cold blooded, so they need warmth to survive, even if that means seeking shelter inside of people’s homes. If your home is experiencing any sort of infestation this winter, it might be wise to consider calling an Exterminator. An Exterminator can help with all of your Pest Control needs, including Spider removal. Spider removal tends to be the most common form of Pest Control during the winter season because spiders tend to flee indoors to escape the cold, and don’t have their own structures like ants and bees. Still, Spider removal should not be your only concern this winder in regards to Pest Control. An Exterminator can help you get rid of all your pest problems, including ants, beetles and other insects who have constructed colonial structures in your home all year round and have decided to stay active in your home during the winter.

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.

Stop A Rodent Infestation Before It Starts

A guide to rodent prevention in St. Louis

Few pests are feared as much as mice and rats, and with good reason! They spread deadly diseases and once in your home, will continue to forage for food in every space until they’re caught. Sometimes, you don’t even know they’re in your house until you see the tell-tale signs of droppings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, these rodents spread more than 35 diseases both directly (through droppings or bites) and indirectly (from the ticks and fleas that can feed on diseased rodents).

Rodent prevention for your home or business

Keeping rodents out of your house and away from your yard or property takes some vigilance, but a bit of prevention will help to ensure that these pests don’t enter your home.

  • Shut them out where they come in. The easiest way to make sure mice and rats stay out of your home is to seal all holes. Mice and rats have soft bodies that allow them to squeeze into any small space. Rats can get enter spaces the size of a quarter and some mice can enter homes with cracks that are smaller than a dime! Think of the perimeter of your house and how many cracks, gaps and crevices there may be—both inside and outside. There are not only foundations, basements and attic spaces to consider, but also crawl spaces, cabinets, and doors. Seal these spaces with simple items that you can buy from the hardware store.
  • Remove food sources. Rodents find homes and businesses to be comfortable. They are temperate areas and that are usually filled with food. Once they enter your house, these pests will have no incentive to leave. If you keep food out on your counter or in cabinets or pantry areas, be sure that they’re in sturdy plastic containers with closely-fitting lids. If you spill food anywhere in the house, clean it up immediately. Rats and mice also will try to enter indoor and outdoor garbage cans, so make sure that garbage is well covered.
  • Eliminate nesting sites. Outdoor nesting sites that are close to your home will be an invitation for rodent pests. Rats and mice will nest in any area with logs around, so remove wood and lumber piles that are around your property. Also remove recyclables that haven’t been washed or rinsed out. They can nest in unused outdoor furniture, too. Rodents will attempt to climb into outdoor garbage, so keep containers a foot or more off the ground and cover them tightly.

If you find that rodents have entered your house and are a real problem, call Blue Chip Pest Control in St. Louis. We can send a technician out to evaluate your home and yard to see how rats and mice are coming into your house, as well as trapping and removing these all-season pests.

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