St Louis Pest Control Blog

Unwanted Houseguests

Do you have bird feeders up close to your house? If you do, you might be inviting an unwanted guest into your home.  What am I talking about? Squirrels of course.  I know some people like to feed squirrels and like to watch their playful activities in the backyard. But now that it is getting colder outside, some of those playful squirrels may have eyes on your home for the winter.

 

Squirrels only need an opening about the size of a fist or baseball.  Once they have found their way into your home, they will have no problem living their as long as you let them.  Unfortunately, they can cause major issues that include bring in pests such as fleas, or filling you house with nuts that may attract other pests such as rodents, and cause structural damage and maybe even a fire by gnawing on wires in the wall.  To prevent this from happening, perform a visual inspection of your home on a regular basis.  Repair any access points as soon as they are found. Also, move the your bird feeders away from  your house.  This will keep all kinds of unwanted house guest from 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.

8 Things You Need To Know About Pest Control

While it is not uncommon to spot pests in your home, it is important to deal with the problem quickly and effectively. In St. Louis MO, Blue Chip Pest Control is known for their excellence and efficiency in pest removal and bug spraying. They have the tools and the expertise deal with your extermination issues in a direct and safe manner. If you considering an exterminator, here are eight things that you need to know about pest control.

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1. Exterminators are experienced and knowledgeable
A professional exterminator has the tools and the training to deal with the pests that plague our homes. They are up-to-date on the safest and most reliable methods of the various types of pests and how to eliminate them completely in a manner that is both effective and safe.

2. Specialized service
Your home is your sanctuary as well as an investment. So by time you spot a pest, chances are they have taken root in your home with the intentions of remaining there, and even multiplying. A professional exterminator helps you to take back your home, creating a pest control plans that are specific to the needs of your home. They consider the type of pest, the level of infestation as well as long-term prevention. A professional exterminator will also continue to monitor your home, keeping you up to date on specific areas of treatment as well as improvement.

3. Convenience
While it may seem simpler to treat the pests yourself, it can turn into a hassle, not to mention costly, to run back and forth trying to find the right solution to control your infestation, especially if it returns. Professional exterminators will work with you to treat your pest control problem at a time that fits into your schedule, including any follow up visits.

4. Safety
A professional exterminator has knowledge of the latest and best products that are specific to certain pests. The pesticides used by professional pest control companies are regulated for consumer use, taking into account safety issues. A professional knows exactly what to use, as well as how much to use.

5. Risks
Taking on a nest of bees or wasps, or even a mouse infestation carries a unique set of risks. Bees and wasps swarm and attack when threatened, and mice scatter, carrying diseases such as Hantavirus. A professional exterminator knows the best way to deal with each type of pest, and has the experience and the equipment to do so.

6. Effectiveness
Not only are the pesticides used by a professional exterminator safer, they are more effective. A professional pest control company uses pesticides that last at least 60 days, as opposed to the over-the-counter solutions that last a maximum of 30 days.

7. Health
Bugs and rodents leave behind filth, much of it unseen, as well as harboring diseases and create unsanitary living conditions. Various pests can carry several different pathogens and spread them around, causing potential health problems from their waste products. Eliminating these pests through a professional exterminating company ensures that your house will be cleaner as well as safer.

8. ‘Green’ options are available.
You can be environmentally-friendly with your pest removal as non-chemical options are available. A professional exterminator will work with you to achieve a “green option”  level of pest prevention that has a reduced risk to both you and the environment.

These are only few of many reasons you should hire a trained professional exterminator to deal with your pest control needs. Blue Chip Pest Control has been serving the pest control needs to commercial and residential clients in the St. Louis area for generations. As the first company in Missouri to be certified as Quality Pro by the National Pest Management Association, their trained professionals are held to the highest standards in the industry, reflected in both technology ans service.

When looking for an exterminator, let the professionals Blue Chip Pest Control serve your pest control needs! Contact them today for more information on taking your home back from pests!

Indoor Pest Prevention

Having a pest infestation in your home or business is something that no one wants to deal with. From rats to insects, pests can be both annoying and unhealthy for the environment. Unfortunately, despite their efforts of pest control, many people still end up with an infestation. When this happens, the best thing to do is to contact an exterminator. In St. Louis MO, call Blue Chip Pest Control for the best service. We have trained exterminators who have access to the best equipment used to eliminate indoor pests. Our professional pest control will exterminate the infestation and show you how to prevent a future problem. Once the pests are already inside your home, getting rid of them from the inside out is the best option.

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The insides of homes are ideal living and breeding conditions for many types of pests. Your house is warm, dry, and usually filled with all the food and water they will ever need. When you seek professional pest control, your exterminator will be able to locate where the nest is inside your home and where they were able to initially enter your home from. This way they will be able to both exterminate the pests already inside, and prevent future ones from entering. The pests already inside the building will be killed during the extermination, but preventing future infestations will come down to you.

If you use, professional pest control there are several things that the exterminator will probably ask you to do to help prevent the pests from returning. Any food that is easily accessible (such as dog or cat food) will need to be stored in secure plastic containers away from where the infestation is located. If possible, shutting off the water supply to that area will also help to keep them away. When the exterminator discovers where the pests are entering your home from, you will need to seal off any cracks in your cabinets or baseboards around those areas.

Once the inside of your home is secure, there are additional things that you can do to the outside of your home or business to decrease the likelihood of another infestation. If you have a lot of birds that nest around your roof, you should consider putting up half-inch galvanized wire mesh to discourage them from nesting there in the future. Many insects are attracted to old bird nests, so eliminating them will decrease the number of insects. It is also a good idea to plant pest-repelling vegetation near the areas where you know pests are likely to enter your home. And it also does not hurt to apply some environmentally-friendly pesticides around the outside of your house to help with the pest control.

Using professional pest control in combination with inside out preventative measures is the best way to eliminate pests from your home forever. If you are unfamiliar with pest control methods, the exterminator will be able to help you with all the necessary steps to protecting your home. Hopefully, your first pest infestation will also be you last one.

Here Come The Lady Bugs

How To Handle Overwintering Pests Like the Lady Bug

With the fall season just around the corner, it won’t be long now until the Lady Bugs try to find a safe place to hide and over-wintering during our cooler months.  Yes, I realize its’s still over 65 degrees, but if you wait until they are a problem, you may have already lost the battle.  When preventing any over-wintering pest, it is always better to apply the appropriate pesticide before they congregate on the outside of your home so that you can prevent entry into your house walls and attic.

 

How to pre-treat for an over-wintering pest?  First, the best defense if to seal closed any crack or crevices that a insect can crawl into.  If you eliminate all entry points, they simply can’t get in to your home.  For those area that can’t be sealed, spraying a residual insecticide labeled for the control of Lady Bugs (Asian lady beetles) will be your best option.  Focus most of your spray on the SW side of the home as this is the side that stays the warmest in the winter months and is the most attractive to over-wintering pests. Spray around all windows frames, doors, where utilities are entering the home, the underside of the last piece of siding, the corners of the home that have siding and even the eves if necessary.  It’s better to treat too many areas than not enough.

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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