St Louis Pest Control Blog

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 www.bluechipexterminating.com for more information regarding our service options.

 

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.

A Cold Winter in St. Louis Can Bring More Rodent Problems

This has been one the worst winters in St. Louis for some time.  Between all the snow and frigid temperatures, there has been an increase in rodent activity in structures all across the metro area.  A lot of the food sources that would normally be available to those rodents living outside haven’t been available this year due to the weather conditions. The frozen temperatures are making it much harder for rodents to find water instead of ice.  Food thrown into dumpster area frozen solid making it harder for it to be eaten and/or detected.  And digging a new burrow above the frost line is impossible.  This factors alone can cause an increase of activity into your home or place of business.

If you are experiencing rodent activity, attack them head on with a variety of traps (baits, traps and sticky traps).  If you let a new problem get out of hand it will be much more difficult to handle and gain control.  We offer a full line of traps at our three retail locations for the D.I.Y.’ers or you can contact us for professional help as well.

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.

Guide To A Pest Free Yard in St. Louis

Now before I get started, making your yard free of pests is a little misleading.  This is really just a guide on to reduce the amount of pests that you might of normally had.  Making a yard 100% pest free is really an unrealistic plan but we can come close.  Here is a list of few things that can really help.

  1. Rake Up Leaves. Removing old leaves that have collected around your foundation, under decking, and in window wells will help eliminate potential harborage areas for all kinds of pests.
  2. Remove Standing Water. Standing water can be a problem for a variety of pests but the one that is most troublesome is the mosquito.  Providing them a place to breed will only give your restless evening trying to relax outside.  But don’t just think of standing water being stick in buckets or pots.  You can also have them breed in clogged gutters that hold water or bird baths that don’t get refreshed daily.
  3. Trim Grass / Weeds. Keeping all vegetation trimmed will prevent all kinds of pests from living in your yard.  The higher the vegetation gets, the more pests will find this attractive.  This includes insects and rodents.  High vegetation allows pests to move about more freely becuase they can easily hide in tall foilage.
  4. Clean Up Debris. If you keep a brush pile, fire wood or and other debris piles around your home, you might be asking for trouble when it come to bothersome pests.  You can attract pests such as termites, brown recluse spiders, rodents and even snakes to make their home here.  Reducing any amount of debris around your home will help eliminate harborage areas for these pests.

Yes, this list could go on and on, but this is really designed to open your eyes about your property.  Take a good look at what is around your yard, think like a bug, does something look appealing or do see you a good place to hide?  Reducing pest harborage areas is your best bet to getting a pest free yard.

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.

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