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.

 

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.

How to keep Animals out of your Attic

bad_atticMany a homeowner has heard the dreaded sound of tiny paws skittering in an attic space. It is usually followed by a nervous venture into the dark regions of the attic with a flashlight in hand. More than one owner has been surprised to see the eyes of a rodent reflect back from a flashlight beam. Maybe it is just traces of scat or the odor of ammonia from urine that is noticed. Sometimes it is gnawed items or signs of nesting that is found. Regardless of the signs of animal infestation in an attic, there are ways to accomplish rodent control that are safe.

Extracting Wildlife From an Attic

Before sealing the access points that the wildlife is using to get into an attic, the animals first need to be extracted. The most common animals that take up residence in home attics are bats, mice, rats, squirrels and insects. However, there have been instances of larger animals such as raccoons who have tried to make an attic their home. With wildlife being potential carriers of rabies and other diseases as well as hosts for ticks that may carry Lyme disease, professional animal control is the wisest choice.

A rodent control and animal control expert will remove the intruders from the attic and check for additional infestations such as ticks or fleas. For example, removing a family of squirrels from an attic may require spraying an insecticide to kill fleas, ticks and mites brought in by the critters. Safe removal of contaminated items in an attic may also be necessary.

Sealing an Attic Against Wildlife Intrusion

Most attic access is granted through a tiny hole or breach in an attic vent. All vents, including roof and gable louvers, need to be screened. The screening material used on a window is unsuitable by itself even if it is metal. A combination of a heavier gauge wire mesh known as hardware fabric along with rustproof screen to keep out insects is preferable. Attic vent fans should be replaced with ones presealed to keep out insects and other wildlife. Areas susceptible to wildfires may have additional requirements for attic vent screening to prevent live ember infiltration.

Simple correction of damaged vent screens in attics and loose or missing caulking around windows or seams done by a rodent control expert must be delayed until all of the animals are removed from the attic. Otherwise, trapped animals may cause extreme damage when they seek a way out. Extensive damage at an access point may need professional remodeling, replacement or reconstruction to prevent reentry of wildlife into an attic space.

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A trained animal control expert will also be able to identify and recommend corrections to the path wildlife uses to gain access to an attic. Often, it is a tree branch overhanging a roof that is the source of access. Squirrels can jump several feet from a branch to a roof. A broken attic window, unsealed attic vent or a tiny gap that is gnawed larger is often the point of access into the attic itself.

It can be quite disconcerting to know that animals have taken up residence in an attic. Please do not hesitate to call Blue Chip Pest Control located in St. Louis, Missouri for the best solution to this common problem. Most extractions of wildlife living in attics is quick with live trapping, and relocation is a viable option in most cases. Get it done quickly before structural damage to the home progresses and before the uninvited guests can procreate.

Going To A Pumpkin Farm? Don’t Blindly Reach Into The Container Of Pumpkins ….

OK,  before you continue to read this blog, let me just say the odds of what I’m about to tell you is low, but none the less, it is true and has happened to someone in the past.  As most people know, St. Louis pumpkins are harvested before the Halloween season approaches and are stored somewhere on the farm in a container of some type.  Well, this allows things (things that crawl or slither) to find their way into these boxes for shelter.

Yes, you probably get were I’m going with this, but it’s true.  People have found all types of snakes (mostly Black Rat snakes), all kinds of spiders (even Brown Recluse) and a variety of insects (too many to be specific) inside these stored containers.  So, before you start to blindly reach into the container of pumpkins to find that perfect one, take a look where your hands are going to touching.  You might just be surprised what is looking up at you.  Happy Halloween.

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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