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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.

Stinging Insects: The Pests of Summer

It’s summer and that means that stinging insects are out in full force. Bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are the uninvited guests in many backyards and pools. With more and more people becoming seriously allergic to the stings of honeybees, and because stinging insects are a nuisance in general, Blue Chip Pest Control gets many calls during the summer months to eradicate nests in the St. Louis area.
Here are some steps that you can take to be sure that you aren’t attracting stinging insects and inviting them to set up shop at your work or your residence.
Hornets: Hornets are especially aggressive, delivering sting after sting, and they build large, football-shaped nests on the sides of buildings and in trees. They live in colonies that number from several hundred hornets to several thousand!

  • During the fall, fill holes that are in your backyard to prevent ground-nesting wasps from using that space as a breeding ground.
  •  Inspect playset corners, the ceilings of porches, and the corners of patio-swing frames to see if any nests are forming. If they are, you can suck up a small nest with a vacuum cleaner and then leave it running for a while so that the hornets are destroyed by the heat.
  • If a nest is larger, do not attempt to remove the nest yourself! You’ll need special protective gear—hornets are very aggressive and will harm anyone who is standing nearby when they sense danger and leave their nest.

Wasps: Paper wasps can be aggressive if they feel an invader is near. Wasps often gain entry into your home by setting up shop in your chimney, attic, or eaves and then hibernating through the winter. When the weather becomes warmer, they can accidentally make their way into your house instead of flying back outdoors.

  •  While stragglers can usually be sucked into a vacuum cleaner or killed with a fly swatter, larger clusters will need a pest-control strategy.
  • Spraying eaves with insecticide in mid-spring, or calling a pest control company to kill hibernating wasps in the fall will help to keep this insect’s population down.
    Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets, sometimes confused with honeybees because of similar markings, can be aggressive if their nests are in danger. Their nests are usually in dead logs that are lying on the ground or in tree stumps.
  • If you have tree stumps that are in your yard or in the general area, try to remove them. It’s a perfect nesting area.
  •  Yellow jackets will also scavenge for food, so try not to leave food outside, or cover it if you’re having a picnic.
  •  These insects will circle around garbage areas, so cover your garbage and keep it a good distance away from your house and any doorways that would invite yellow jackets in.
    Honeybees: These insects aren’t as aggressive as some other stinging bugs, but they will still attack you if they or their colony is threatened. While bees are important insects, pollinating thousands of different plants and trees, they can cause anaphylactic shock in some people.

You can prevent nests from being built near your home or business by:

  •  making sure that they can’t enter cracks in your home’s foundation
  •  filling holes in structures that would make a good hive and filling in holes in the ground
  •  putting screening over attic vents, covering pools when they’ve not being used, and inspecting your yard or surroundings often to see if you can spot any hives. If you do, call a reputable pest control company right away before the hive becomes established.

Blue Chip Pest Control in St. Louis can remove any stinging insect nests that are in or near your home or business. We’re experienced and we have the right equipment and protective gear. Also, Blue Chip provides preventative maintenance to keep these insects away—for good. Call us today!

Pigeon Problems?

Do you have pigeon problem?  If yes, this is one problem you want to fix right away.  Pigeons are dirty birds that carry disease, pests and deface property all over the St. Louis area.  Did you know that pigeon fecal matter will actually accelerate  the aging process on things it lands on.  And not only that, the droppings themselves are full of parasites and quit frankly makes everything look like crap. Roosting pigeons can also harbor fleas, ticks and mites.  So if you eliminate the roosting area, you might find these pests looking for a new host, and that new host be you.

Controlling a pigeon problem is not a difficult problem.  Here at Blue Chip, we have successfully won the battles of man vs pigeon time and time again.  Sometimes it is as simple as having a structural modification done to eliminate the roosting area and in others, we have to had to implement a monthly pigeon baiting program to ward off all new comers.

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

Brown Recluse Spider: Common Venomous Species in the United States

The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the more venomous spiders found in North America. It lives in Midwest states ranging from Nebraska to Ohio and down to the Gulf Coast. Although it has been known to travel stowing away in packages, the Brown Recluse Spider has not yet colonized in other regions. The bite is venomous, but rarely fatal and could cause permanent damage to the bite area. It is better to leave this species alone when encountered.

The typical habitat for the Brown Recluse Spider is wooded places where it is dry. They could be found living in cellars, garages and woodpiles. Sometimes old clothing stored in these areas provides a perfect place where they live. It is the reason why clothing stored in garages and closets, like gloves and shoes, should be checked before use. A spider could be hiding inside safely wrapped in an irregular shaped web. Brown Recluse Spiders are fairly moderate in size reaching a length of three quarters of an inch. A violin-shaped marking on the head and midsection is one way to identify them. Often, the Brown Recluse Spider is referred to as the violin or fiddler spider.

The Brown Recluse bites in response to a threat. This includes donning clothes where the spider currently lives. The venom is hemotoxic, or capable of destroying red blood cells. Few people immediately recognize when they have been bitten. It has small fangs often incapable of penetrating through clothing and the bite is not regarded as painful. However, the spider will bite when in direct contact with skin. As the hemotoxic venom begins to break down blood cells, a visible lesion, called necrosis, will form in two to eight hours. In many cases, the venom remains localized and the lesion area is relatively small. However, some people develop extensive lesions that require months to heal leaving a visible scar.

There are certain cases where bite from the Brown Recluse Spider could be fatal. It typically occurs in minors and elderly, people with a weakened immune system. A severe reaction to the spider venom could include fever, vomiting and be accompanied with joint and muscle pain. Because reaction to the venom generally occurs hours after the bite, it is important to apply common sense first aid and an immediate trip to a physician as soon as symptoms occur. First aid includes application of ice to the bite area to reduce spread of the venom. If the spider could be caught safely, it is a good idea to bring the spider along for proper identification. Physicians have a difficult time identifying this species of spider from only skin lesions and could apply the incorrect treatment. Anti-venom is available and would reduce the affects of a spider bite.

The Brown Recluse Spider, a common spider in mid-western states, is best left alone. Although it is generally not dangerous, affects of spider venom could be severe. Proper identification of the species is the first step to proper treatment.

If you feel that you have a brown recluse spider issue around your house, or any other pest control issue you need to take care of in the St. Louis area. Then please do not hesitate to contact us at Blue Chip Pest Control by either clicking here to contact us. Or by sending us an e-mail directly at service@stlbugs.com.

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