St Louis Pest Control Blog

Are Honey Bees Nesting In Your Home?

Here is a interesting link that documents the process of removing a honey bee colony out of a wall void.

The reason it is important to remove a honey bee hive is because of the honey comb.  If the honey comb is left inside the wall voids, it will melt and seep through the cracks or bleed through the dry wall.  Why will comb melt without the bees?

That’s because the bees regulate the temperature when the hive is active.  If the comb gets too hot, it will cause the wax to become unstable.  Additionally, it will also cause problems with the earlier stages of the bees’ life cycle.  That is why if you ever have to kill a colony of honey bees inside your home it is very important to open up the walls or go into the attic to remove the comb.

If this step is not taken, you will have open yourself to a very messy problem down the road.

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.

Missouri Senator Introduces a Bed Bug Bill

Here’s a link to the new Bed Bug proposal introduced by Sen. Kevin Engler.  For those of you live in St. Louis (or anywhere in Missouri), this bill would be highly beneficial for those of you who live in a  multi-family housing unit.  This is one pest that almost always has to be introduced in a home either by travel (luggage), second hand items brought into the home or unknowingly brought in on by someone (on their clothing or in their purse).  So with this in mind,  a bed bug infestations can easily come through a common wall shared with your neighbor causing you a lot of worried and stress fulled nights.

As we have mentioned in a previous blog, Bed Bugs are one insect I do not recommend trying to solve yourself.  So, for those of you who need this bill to be passed, at least someone is out there in your corner trying get you some rights.

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.

St. Louis Pest Control – Pigeons Cancel St. Louis Concert

Seems like bugs and other pests are all over the news these days.  A concert last week here in St. Louis was cancelled when the band claimed that pigeons were dropping on them from the rafters above.


There seems to be conflicting reports from fans nearby and the management of the band, but if there were birds they should call us to eliminate the problem.  Here is a link to the story on national news, and almost every other major news outlet like, among others.

If you are having an issue with birds or other nuisance wildlife like raccoons, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, birds or even bats, give us a call at 636-343-7900 or go to for more details.

Needless to say I guess that the birds were not fans of the music.  Lets hope they get the problem fixed.

St. Louis Pest Control Information – Roach Plane?

I have heard of getting delayed by weather, but never by roaches.  This story was just too good to not share.  Needless to say for roaches or other pests in St. Louis go to for pest control in the St. Louis area.

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) — We’ve heard about airline delays causes by a number of factors; mechanical issues, weather problems, traffic gridlock at the airport. But earlier this month, one DC resident and regular flier faced a type of airline delay she has never encountered before.

Miami to Reagan National Airport, an American Airlines flight Alissa Kempler says she will never forget. She says “At the end of the day I think it ended up being an hour and a half delay.”

The flight crew was dealing with a group of unwelcome passengers, an unusual delay: Delayed by roaches.

A stewardess told Kempler “There are roaches on the plane.” She found out “there are actually 50 roaches and they found a colony on a curtain between first class and the pilots.” Kempler says “we spent the next two and a half hours or at least I did, curled up in my seat thinking ‘how many cockroaches are going to be in my bag when I get out?'”

American Airlines’ spokesman Tim Smith tells 9NEWS NOW that “infestations are very rare but not unprecedented.” Smith says all of the planes are treated regularly by pest control companies. The planes have outside panels removed once a month to give maintenance crews better access and if a problem is detected, it will be treated during the next lay-over.

Unfortunately, it’s hard for airlines or any service that opens its doors to the public to guarantee a cockroach-free environment. Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association says the places you’d most likely see cockroaches on board include “in the bins that hold the luggage or just around the humans that are traveling on the airliner. But they’re also going to be looking for food sources so it would not be uncommon to find them in the galley where the meals are being prepared.”

And of course roaches are notoriously hard to kill. Henriksen says, “They can live for up to a month without their heads.”

Not only are cockroaches nature’s little tanks, these unwanted stowaways can also pose some potential health hazards. Henriksen says ” cockroaches create allergens that then can cause asthma attacks in children and adults.” She says they can also transmit E coli and salmonella.

When Kempler got home, she had some help unpacking. Alissa says “everything was fine. I have a little Westie, thankfully, who was ready to go in case something was there. She was very inquisitive, so I made sure she was interested in the bag in case something would run out.”

If you are worried that a cockroach or other pest could have invaded your luggage, the National Pest Management Association recommends these steps:

When you get home, take all of your clothes out of your luggage and wash them in hot water.
Also take a close look at your suitcase. If you see any kind of pest or dropping, vacuum out your suitcase, including the pocket area.

Written by Jessica Doyle
9NEWS Now &


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