It’s For The Birds: Bird Control Services

With our unseasonably warm temperatures this year, birds have been out in force already. Whether they are waking you far too early from your slumbers, trying to build nests in undesirable places, or even flinging themselves at your window at all hours of the day, bird control services are likely on your mind.

Nests In Undesirable Places

Oftentimes, birds will choose exactly where you would least like them to be to build their nests. They might choose light fixtures around doorways, attic vent holes, brick ledges, trim, etc. The bird control services that you need depend on whether the birds have chosen a residence or a commercial building to establish their abode.

If you are a homeowner with this problem, bird control services can include covering holes with hardware cloth, applying gel repellants, utilizing reflectors and bird spikes, and even bird slides.

If you own a commercial building with bird nests in unwanted locations, bird control services include bird netting, bird spikes, bird slides, visual bird deterrents, bird repellents, and bird gels.

Regardless of whether the issue is residential or commercial, the first step to successful treatment is a thorough inspection to make sure all nesting is located and removed.

Birds Inside Buildings

If you are unlucky enough to find yourself with a bird inside of your home or business, bird removal becomes an immediate necessity. Besides the potential for damage inside, there is also the health issue of bird feces to contend with. Time is of the essence in this situation.

For a homeowner with a bird in your home or attic, bird control services will depend on whether it is a single bird that make its way into your home through the chimney, or through an open window or door, OR if it is a family of birds taking up residence in your attic or in a wall void. For a single bird, it will be necessary to have a trained professional perform a bird grab and give a bid for a chimney cap to prevent another bird from entering. For a family nest in the attic or a wall, the type of bird determines what can be done immediately. Once the nest is legally able to be removed, a bid will be given to repair the hole that the bird entered the attic or wall through.

For a business owner with a bird flying around inside, service will consist of a mist net being utilized to catch the bird. A bid will also be given for desired clean up from any mess the bird has made.

The Holper Advantage

Bird Control Services are only as good as the technicians performing them. For over 32 years, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been successfully servicing the Greater St. Louis area. The Holper advantage is the expertise we possess and the trust generations of families have put in us to solve all their pest and wildlife problems. See for yourself why bird control services with Holper’s give you peace of mind in a very short time! Call today at 314-732-1413 to learn more about what Holper’s can do for you.



Termite Prevention

Your home is likely your biggest investment. It is also a sitting target for hungry, destructive termites. Learning about this devastating invader and taking proactive termite prevention measures are both key steps to protecting your home. Without termite prevention, getting termites is a matter of when, not if. Learn more about termites and termite prevention:


Removing Bats From An Attic

(And Why You Should ALWAYS Leave Bat Cleanup To a Professional)

Bat season is getting into gear. We at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions have heard crazy stories from DIY folks that have learned the hard way that this is definitely a job to leave to professionals. We have the most effective eradication services because we understand bat problems–the critical first step to successful St. Louis bat control and removing bats from an attic.

Bats 101

In the Greater St. Louis region, the bats that we encounter are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. (There are more than 1,000 bat species worldwide.) Pregnant females form maternity colonies until their young are born in May and June. Each female gives birth to one or two young, which begin flying at three to five weeks to begin feeding on their own. Bats are insectivores, with some bat species eating up to half of their weight in flying insects each night.

Why is A Bat a Biohazard?


Bat Guano

Guano is a biohazard that should only be cleaned by the trained personnel of Holper’s with the proper safety equipment. Histoplasmosis is an airborne fungus disease that can grow in pigeon and bat droppings (guano), but usually the guano must have contact with moisture, which is generally not present in a dry attic. However, bat cleanup should always be done professionally, with safety equipment, full face respirators, Tyvek suits, and HEPA vacuums due to the potentially deadly dust created by the guano.

Being a mammal, a very small percentage of bats will contract rabies. (Being that sick bats are simpler to catch than healthy ones, the statistics released by health agencies may show higher percentages than is accurate.) Exposure to the rabies virus is decreased if you avoid contact with bats and keep all pets current on vaccinations. Your risk after exposure can only be determined by your healthcare professional. Bats are also hosts to parasites such as the bat bug, a relative of the bed bug. Being host-specific, these parasites rarely bite pets or humans, and they can be easily controlled by the professional application of an insecticide once the bats are evicted from a structure.

 Bat Control

bat-entering-homeControl involves sealing the entire structure, except where the bats are entering and exiting the building. Those spots are fitted with a one-way door so that bats can exit your building but they cannot re-enter. It is best to implement control before the end of May or after the third week of August, so as not to trap young bats in the structure. Once the bats have all left your home, the one-way doors are removed and the area is sealed, effectively bat-proofing your home.

Holper’s–Your BAT MANagement Experts!

From diagnosing your bat problem, to removing bats from the attic, to cleaning guano, to sealing the structure–one call to Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will get it done. Whatever the size of the bat colony, we can remove bats from your attic and solve your bat problems. Call your St. Louis bat control professionals at 314-732-1413 today!





Are There Home Remedies For Bed Bugs?

Homeowners have a lot of questions these days about bed bugs and the treatment thereof. Some wonder about home remedies for bed bugs, some are curious about how to wash clothes with bed bugs, and others ask how to get bed bugs out of carpets. Read on for some helpful answers.

Are There Home Remedies That Work For Bed Bugs?

The short answer is no. DIYers may try boric acid around the perimeter of beds and rooms, attempt to kill bed bugs with a regular steamer, or even douse their home and belongings with OTC pesticides. The reason that none of these will work is that pest control professionals have materials available to them that are superior formulations which are needed to specifically target the life cycle of bed bugs. For this reason it is imperative to call on the expertise of a professional pest control company with experience in successfully ridding homes of bed bugs.

How Do I Wash Clothing With Bed Bugs?

While part of the process to get rid of bed bugs, washing bed bug infested clothes is not a solution in and of itself. When professionals prepare to treat your home, one of the things you will need to do beforehand is wash your clothing in hot water, and then transfer them to a dryer for 90 minutes on high heat. There are clothing treatment options available from pest control specialists that yield better results when used in conjunction with washing your clothing according to the above directions. Increase your odds of success with a one-two punch!

How Do I Get Bed Bugs Out of Carpets?

Professional treatment is the only way to accomplish this. Trained technicians need to apply bed bug-specific insecticide to all carpeting, as well as furniture, in an affected area to completely rid your home of all stages of bed bug infestations.

Who Can Solve My Bed Bug Problems?

The trained professionals of Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions are your most cost effective treatment option to kill bed bugs! From the first visit for a thorough inspection, to the complete eradication of your bed bug infestation, Holper’s treats your home with TLC to give you back your peace of mind. Don’t throw away money and time on treatments that fail. Whether you are wondering if there are home remedies to get rid of bed bugs, are curious how to wash clothing with bed bugs, or are concerned about how to get bed bugs out of carpets, call 314-732-1413 to let Holper’s give you cost effective bed bug treatments that work!



Three Steps to Get Rid of Raccoons

This time of year Holper’s gets many calls for raccoon pest control. This uptick is likely due to raccoon moms looking for a safe, warm place to give birth to their young. If you need to get rid of raccoons, Holper’s has the answers to your questions.

How to Solve a Raccoon Problem

squirrel-damageScavenged outdoor trash cans can be one of the earliest signs that you have a raccoon problem. Additional signs (and problems) include: damage to roof areas, damaged gable vents and dormer corners, footprints on a downspout, scratch marks on a tree, torn pipe insulation, noises in the attic, trampled ceiling insulation in attic spaces, feces on the roof, and heavy collections of raccoon feces in attic spaces, which is a biohazard.

If you find any of these signs, here are the three steps to get rid of raccoons.

  1. Eliminate Food Sources

Raccoons typically forage for food nocturnally. Trash cans are the most obvious residential food source, but raccoons will also eat from bird feeders if they can reach them. The easiest ways to eliminate these food sources are to avoid placing food waste in outdoor trash containers and to hang bird feeders on tree branches where raccoons would have difficulty reaching them.

  1. Have Raccoons Removed

If raccoons are inside your home, you need to have a pest control specialist remove them. The process begins with a thorough inspection to determine where the entry points are. Based on the findings, traps will be set accordingly to stop your raccoon problem as quickly as possible.

  1. Seal Points of Entry

After raccoons are removed from a residence by Holper’s, keeping them from reentering depends on sealing all the points of entry through which the animals could gain access to the home. Leaving potential points of entry open essentially lays out a welcome mat for more raccoons.

Do You Need Raccoon Pest Control?

If so, now is the time to resolve the issue. If you wait your residence could suffer further damage, and your health could be put at risk due to growing collections of raccoon feces in your attic. It’s time to contact the experienced raccoon removal specialists at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.raccoon-feces-roof

raccoon feces on roof

Raccoon Feces on Roof

We’ll perform a free inspection of your residence, suggest the most economical and effective solution, and set the traps. In addition to physically removing raccoons from your home, we will seal up the holes through which they entered the residence. We can also give you a bid to replace any insulation that was damaged by raccoon trampling or feces.

To schedule a free inspection, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at We look forward to using our raccoon pest control expertise to help you enjoy more peace of mind in your home. It’s time to get rid of raccoons!




Attic Insulation in St. Louis

attic-insulation-installationAttic insulation is one of the best home improvement investments if you are looking for an upgrade that pays for itself in the shortest period of time. Spring is the perfect time to address attic insulation issues in St. Louis. The team at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions adds an extra value to their attic insulation installation by making sure your attic is free of rodents and other pests that could compromise the efficiency of your investment.

What to expect from your FREE inspection to determine an estimate

It’s all about the R-value, which most people know indicates how quickly materials such as insulation, walls, and floors will lose heat. The higher the R-value is, the better the retention of heat. Higher R-values also lose heat at a slower rate. For this reason many people only think about their insulation in the fall and winter. However, you should be proactive regarding insulation in the spring because the proper R-value of insulation also helps keep your energy usage and costs lower in warmer weather by helping to hold in the cooling that your air conditioning provides. Why wait until winter to start saving money?

When a Holper’s technician enters your attic for the inspection, he or she will be looking for what existing insulation is present to determine how much needs to be added to bring the volume up to three different measures of R-value. This is provided the existing insulation is still viable. This is where the knowledge of a Holper’s technician is key–a trained pest control expert knows what signs to look for concerning contamination by the urine or droppings of rodents and other wildlife. If the existing insulation is found to be compromised it needs to be removed before new insulation can be blown in.

How is the estimate determined?

Holper’s will base the estimate on:

  • Existing attic insulation that is viable and uncontaminated
  • Cost of the removal of any contaminated insulation
  • Cost of insulation needed to bring total to the R-value of your choice
  • Cost of any repairs needed prior to proceeding with installation

What is pest control insulation?

Holper’s offers two options of cellulose attic insulation for blown-in installation. The first is standard, run-of-the-mill cellulose insulation. While it is definitely a step up from dusty fiberglass batt insulation or blown-in loose fiber insulation, there is a much better option on the market.

Holper’s proudly installs T●A●P insulation, which stands for thermal, acoustical, and pest control insulation. This blown-in cellulose insulation not only seals far more efficiently than fiberglass batt insulation, it also provides two additional benefits. T●A●P provides an acoustical barrier that acts to seal out noise. But its greatest added benefit may well be that by being treated with a higher percentage of borate, this insulation also kills silverfish, spiders, and other occasional invading insects. The video below shows a worker removing old insulation.

When is the right time for attic insulation in St. Louis?

Right now! Why wait to start your energy savings? For attic insulation needs in St. Louis, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is ready to help solve your problems, in addition to solving any pest or wildlife infestations you may be experiencing. Call 314-732-1413 today and see why generations of St. Louis area families trust Holper’s to take care of their homes, from top to bottom!



Gopher or Mole? Who is Digging in My Yard?

Our lawns can become great sources of pride, as we often pour countless dollars and/or hours into their creation and maintenance. When our pride and joy shows signs of infestation by an unwanted critter, we want to declare war ASAP. The first step is determining who the culprit is. Often we get calls from homeowners thinking they have a gopher problem, when more likely than not their actual invader is a mole. How can you know what is causing the damage, and more importantly, how can Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions help you get rid of the nuisance? When you are looking for a St. Louis mole trapper, we are your experts for mole extermination!

What is damaging my yard?



In Missouri, gophers are very, very rare. If you did have one, the signs you would see are mounds of dirt with no raised tunnel visible in your lawn and plants disappearing from the root. By sight, a gopher is about six to eight inches in body length, with a one to two inch tail. Their fur color is a brown that closely matches the color of the soil they live in. They are most easily identified by their large cheek pouches.

Very plentiful in Missouri is the eastern mole. Look for a raised-surface tunnel system crossing your lawn. When digging these tunnels, moles can damage the roots of your grass, causing brown areas in your yard. The greatest obvious damage is the unsightly appearance these tunnels give your lawn, which for many homeowners is a significant investment as part of their landscaping. By sight, adult moles range from five to eight inches in length and have fur that is brown or dark gray. Their noses and tails are pink.  While possessing no functioning eyes, moles are still sensitive to light. Moles have an acute sense of touch thanks to sensory bumps on their snouts, sensory whiskers on their faces, and sensory hairs on both their feet and their tails. They are built to be digging machines: Their broad, shovel-shaped feet have five toes and sharp, thick claws, which make moles very efficient burrowers.

How to Defeat the Enemy of Your Lawn: Moles

According to Consumer Reports, trapping is the most successful method to rid your yard of moles. A trap gives you the peace of mind to confirm that each mole is gone. While different variations of traps do exist, the form that consistently yields the highest results is a spear trap. Spear traps are set on the freshest tunnels to increase the likelihood of a quick catch.

(Some homeowners mistakenly believe that treating their grounds for grubs will drive away moles. Because grubs only make up a very tiny percentage of a mole’s diet, treating for grubs will actually have no impact on the moles in your yard. They will still have plenty to eat.)

Let the Best Serve You

Not every pest company gets to boast that they have “The Mole Hunter” as their president, but we do! Because of the mole extermination expertise imparted to every technician by Jeff Holper, aka “The Mole Hunter,” your lawn will benefit as your moles are added to the more than 50,000 moles already caught by  Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Call 314-732-1413 to see for yourself what a difference it makes to hire the mole extermination experts at Holper’s.



Pet-Friendly Pest Control: Pet-Safe Rat & Mice Removal Services

Some animals we love having in our homes–our beloved pets. These furry companions truly are members of our families and they hold special places in our hearts. But some animals, like mice and other rodents, are not so welcome when we find evidence that they have taken up residence in our abodes. Because our pets are part of the family, it is only natural that an immediate concern is how to get rid of the unwanted pests in a way that is pet-friendly and pet-safe. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Control, your pet’s safety is very important to us–almost all of us are pet owners, too!  Our guidelines for mice and rodent control include safeguards to make sure you and your whole family, pets included, stay safe and sound.

Pet-Friendly Safeguards: The Three Step Holper Way

Our owner and founder, Jeff Holper, is a long-time dog owner. When choosing the rodenticide that our company would use, pet safety was a big part of his decision. For that reason, Mr. Holper trained all his technicians to use the safest rodenticide on the market in the most secure way.

When you call Holper’s for mice and rodent control, your technician will:

  • Do a thorough inspection to find where the mice/rodents are entering the home
  • Place tamper-resistant (for pets and children!) rodent baiting stations accordingly around the external perimeter of the home to draw the rodents out to eat the rodenticide bait–this way they die outside of your home and not inside!
  • Place rodenticide in the tamper-resistant stations–this rodenticide contains a blood thinner in doses so miniscule that it can only affect mice and rodents. The doses are too small to affect larger animals, such as pets. If accidentally ingested by a pet, it harmlessly passes through the system in 48 hours, with the only telltale sign being yellow stools.

We would never use anything in and around your home that we wouldn’t use on our own homes. In the 30-plus years that Holper’s has serviced the greater St. Louis area, we have never experienced a pet or a child getting into a rodent station.

Let Holper’s Provide Pet-Friendly Mice & Rat Control For Your Family

For over three decades, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has provided superior service to our customers, many of whom we have cared for since we opened back in 1985. Our Quality Pro® Certified technicians, who receive ongoing training, are always up to date on the latest developments in materials, equipment, and techniques for exterminators, as being low-impact to the environment is always our goal. We know you have options in exterminators, and we at Holper’s are confident that choosing us as your pet-friendly exterminators will be a choice you are glad you made. Call today at 314-732-1413 to take the first step in allowing Holper’s to give you back your home. The peace of mind you will receive is priceless.





How to Tell What Kind of Critter Is In Your Attic

The Midwest is home to many species of nuisance critters. These animals vary in size, habitat, and types of damage done to homes. The one thing they have in common is that their presence needs to be addressed at the first sight of one to avoid serious destruction to your home. You’re probably asking yourself what kind of critter you have in your attic. Regardless of the type of critter you have, we at Holper’s have the solution well in hand.

Critter Damage and the Culprits Behind It

There are different signs of animal presence and damage evidence to look for to determine what type of critter has taken up residence in your attic.

  • Mice–Look for droppings (often in or near corners) and chew marks around baseboards. Their damage is twofold: their droppings create a biohazard in your home, and their chewing damages wood, wiring, and belongings. You may also hear scratching in the attic or walls, primarily at night.
  • Bats–Although bats will sometimes make their presence known by scratching in the walls and emitting a high-pitched sound, most often the first sign of a bat infestation is the frightening experience of seeing one in your home. Once they gain access to your home through a damaged board or louver vent, the risk to you becomes the biohazard of their droppings (guano) and the danger of a potentially rabid bite.
  • Squirrels–If you hear scampering in your attic, or morning or evening scratching in the ceiling or walls between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you likely have squirrels in your home. Squirrels create damage to your home when they chew their way in at the gutterline or through a louvered vent. Once inside they can potentially chew wiring and compress your insulation.
  • Raccoons–Raccoons often enter homes by ripping apart a louver vent and sliding into your attic. They may also chew their way in at the gutterline or chew their way in where the dormer meets the house. Raccoons will sometimes use your chimney as a way to get inside. Lastly, raccoons can take down a piece of the aluminum soffit and create an entry point. Besides the damage created to access your home, damage will be done to your attic when a bathroom area is established for the raccoon(s).

The Critter Experts

The one thing all wildlife control has in common is that it needs to be handled by experts, with professional training, materials, and equipment. In St. Louis, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can handle every type of critter removal, control, and damage. When needed, Holper’s can also serve as nuisance wildlife exterminators. As every wildlife control situation is unique, your Holper’s technician will employ a combination of know-how and trapping skills to give you back your home as quickly as possible. Holper’s will also be able to provide repair and exclusion services for the damage created by the nuisance wildlife. Call Holper’s today at 314-732-1413. Let our decades of experience take care of your critter damage control right away. Your home deserves Holper’s!



Skunk Removal Made Easy

While many species of wildlife pests spend winter in total hibernation, unfortunately for us one of the species that doesn’t is the skunk. If you have discovered a skunk residing under your home or near your home, skunk removal is going to be at the top of your to-do list. Read ahead to learn why time is of the essence in getting rid of skunks and why Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your answer for a skunk removal problem.

What’s So Bad About a Skunk?

The first thing that usually comes to mind when people think of skunks is the offensive odor of their spray. Skunks will usually only attack when defending their young or when cornered, and spraying is not the first defense method they will try. A skunk might first attempt spitting, growling, fluffing its fur, shaking its tail, and/or stamping the ground. If a skunk still feels threatened, then the tail is lifted to spray several shots of that famous skunk odor. Skunks can release multiple shots and can spray 10-15 feet with great accuracy.

While nobody wants to get sprayed by a skunk, there are other ways to be victimized by one. Skunks are excellent diggers, due to long nails on their powerful forefeet. In search of grubs and other food, skunks will dig holes in lawns and gardens. If they can find no other form of shelter available, they will burrow underneath buildings and cement slabs, such as a porch, patio, or walkway.

Why Now is the Time to Worry

Although skunks lead a low-key life during cold weather, they start the mating process in late winter instead of waiting for spring. This means that, when spring and summer are finally here, the number of skunks you will be dealing with will increase due to the birth of a litter.

This is why it’s important to have a skunk control service eliminate skunks in and around your residence as soon as you notice them, usually in January and February. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we always recommend taking the proactive approach to pest control. When it comes to skunk infestations, treating the problem in winter is one of the best approaches you can take.

Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) Family Close Up – captive animals

Skunk Removal and Control With Holper’s

The most effective technique to control skunks is to professionally and humanely live-trap them. Luckily for you, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions technicians are experts at how to catch a skunk. While skunks are generally mild tempered, loud noises or quick and aggressive actions should be avoided. Keep pets and children from exciting or tormenting the caged animal. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions recommends installing buried wire and sealing all entry holes (such as porches, sheds, and crawl spaces) once all skunks have been trapped and removed. Electric fencing may be used for site-specific exclusion around decks, porches, or gardens.

SKUNK PREVENTION TIP: Cleaning up all wood piles, brush and food sources will limit the habitat available to skunks and will reduce their attraction to your property. It is always best to implement skunk prevention instead of dealing with a skunk infestation.

To successfully manage a skunk infestation you must have an integrated pest management plan. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions uses more than one approach to eradicate and exclude these nuisance animals from your home and surrounding areas. Call 314-732-1413 to set a plan in motion—let the trained professionals of Holper’s help you implement skunk prevention and perform your skunk trapping, skunk removal, and skunk odor removal for you.