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That’s So Unusual: Unique Pest Control Needs

There are certain pest control needs that you hear about all the time: spiders, mice, ants, moles, squirrels, bed bugs, etc. But there are other pest and wildlife control issues that while rarer, are no less problematic for the property owner dealing with them. Whether it is snake nest removal, shrew control, or opossum removal, we can share with you our expertise on all things pest and wildlife control!

How Do You Handle Snake Nest Removal?

“Snake nest” is actually a misnomer. Snakes do not make nests. Most people think they have a nest when they see one or two young snakes. In reality, they are just looking for a warm place to stay when the weather turns colder. As the temperatures drop, snakes will look for den sites to enter into brumation, a hibernation-like state. The den will need to have a balance of heat, ventilation, and moisture. Most snakes will reuse the same den site annually.

Successful snake removal is always accomplished by professional trapping.

What Can I Do For Shrew Control? 

Most people who think they have shrews actually have voles. Voles are far more populous in our area than shrews. Regardless of which it is though, we can handle it!

Shrews are in the same family as moles–they are insectivores. (Curiously though, the treatment to successfully control shrews mirrors the treatment for voles, which are rodents.) To get rid of your shrews, a trained technician will bait any holes made by the shrews, as well as put out baited stations around the perimeter of the house and in any problem landscaped areas. This will cover all the bases to get rid of shrews tearing up your yard.

What Can Be Done For Opossum Removal?

Opossums are another wildlife pest that show up every now and again in our area. Opossums don’t build their own nests; instead, they take up residence in vacant nests left behind by other wildlife. Their favorite places to look for nesting are under porches and decks, so keeping those areas clean and free of old animal nests will reduce your likelihood of this problem. If you do have an opossum that has taken up residence under your porch, professional trapping will be the course of action that needs to be taken to remove your unwanted guests.

Holper’s Does It All!

Whether your problem is an everyday critter or something a little more rare like snake nest removal, shrew control, or opossum removal, Holper’s has your solution! With over three decades of excellent service to St. Louis homeowners and business owners, Holper’s really can do it all. Call us today at 314-732-1413 and we will gladly come to your rescue!

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Tips for Fighting Pests In Unseasonably Warm Weather

If you have wondered about the unseasonably warm weather having an effect on pest populations, your instincts are very good! While St. Louisans have been enjoying some unseasonably warm temperatures, so have the pests! Warm weather means an extended season for occasional invaders, such as Asian lady beetles and stinkbugs, as well as year-round pests, such as spiders and rodents. The nicer weather means pests are still active, as opposed to the normal slow down this time of year. What does that mean for you as a homeowner?

It means it is time to take action! Here are some tips:

  1. Be proactive! Clean all leaves and yard debris that might have piled up in your yard, especially any that is close to your foundation. Don’t make your home any more attractive to pests than it already is!
  2. Book a professional spray indoors and outdoors to stay ahead of all the insects and spiders still active in the nice weather. Remain on top of the problem all year by getting on a quarterly service plan for 2018. No more unwanted guests!
  3. Keep rodent stations baited outside your home as the mice population thrives in mild weather.
  4. If a mild winter follows this current run of warm weather, be ready for an earlier spring season of pests, as well. Being proactive is always the smartest way to do things–keep the infestation from developing in the first place with professional pest and wildlife control.

 

 

 

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If I Get Bed Bugs, Do I Need to Change My Mattress?

Good question! The first reaction that many people have when they discover bed bugs is to throw out everything they have–an understandable knee-jerk reaction. The thought of bed bugs in your mattress causes discomfort when wondering how you’d ever feel relaxed again in your bed!

But there is good news! There is no need to go to that extreme with your mattress. Once the infestation has been eradicated over the course of the few necessary treatments (to cover all stages of the bed bug growth cycle), there are two preventative measures you can take to protect your mattress from being infested again. A mattress encasement is one option to take for proactive action against future bed bugs. As the name implies, an encasement fully encloses your mattress. This encasement should be laundered a minimum of every three months.

But even easier mattress protection option exists and Holper’s is proud to provide it! ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are installed on the box spring, without the hassle of trying to maneuver a mattress inside of an encasement every three months. There is a minute level of bed bug insecticide in the liner that is completely safe to people and pets, but lethal to bed bugs. One of these protectors lasts up to two years and is much easier to deal with than a full encasement.

To order your ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions at 314-732-1413! We can take care of ALL your pest and wildlife control needs.

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Fall Pest Prevention of Fall Invaders

Fall has come to call for its annual visit. Without fall pest prevention, the new season won’t be your only visitor. Lower temperatures bring an assortment of fall invaders all happy for the chance to drop in and say howdy! While the only guaranteed way to stay  completely insect-free is an ongoing home pest prevention program, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can offer tips to help you reduce the likelihood of being invaded by insects, spiders, and four-legged pests.

Fall Invaders

do I have squirrels in my houseProblems with fleas, squirrels, and mice all become common in the fall, but not all for the same reasons. Indoor flea issues increase after the outdoor summer breeding season finishes–family pets act as conduits on which the fleas hitchhike into your home and begin multiplying inside. In fall, squirrels make their way into homes and buildings for a warm environment in which to have their second litter of the year. Mice can enter for the warm environment, but they also enter in search of food.

Five Fall Pest Prevention Tips

Jeff Holper, president of Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, advises that while professional treatments and trapping are the ways to guarantee a pest-free environment, he can share a few tips to help prevent the invaders in the first place:

Tip 1

To reduce squirrels in your home, it is important to keep tree branches trimmed to at least five feet from your home.

Tip 2

For flea prevention in the fall, have your home treated in June or July with a professional application of a flea adulticide combined with a insect growth regulator. (Remember this one for next year!)

Tip 3

Installing rodent stations around the exterior perimeter of your home will lower the number of mice wanting to enter your home.

Tip 4

Have a perimeter spray done on the exterior of your home to reduce spiders and insects that might make their way inside.

Tip 5

Remove clutter from basements and garages to reduce the chance of wildlife, insect, and spider invasion.

Your pest-free life, guaranteed!

For over thirty years, St. Louis area families have trusted Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to keep their homes, yards, and gardens free of pests. A regular pest prevention program administered by the friendly technicians of Holper’s will keep your home free of many common pests–ants, crickets, beetles, the common house spider, pantry pests, meal moths, and many others. For difficult to treat pests, such as fleas, yellow jackets, brown recluse spiders, termites, silverfish, and bed bugs, Holper’s has specialized programs that remove the infestations as rapidly as possible. Holper’s will give you a complete assessment of gaps/holes in and around your home that could give access to four-legged creatures, such as mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons. Holper’s will repair these openings, as well as install insect-resistant insulation, to keep your home pest-free. If any wildlife is already inside, Holper’s technicians are trapping experts and will rid them from your property! Call Holper’s today at 314-732-1413 to make sure no unwanted dwellers reside at your address!

 

         

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The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf Spider

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We all know the story of the little boy who cried wolf. I think it’s safe to say that the same little boy, if he came upon a wolf spider, might cry out, too–but in horror. Wolf spiders elicit a particularly strong response to their appearance, and it isn’t positive. What are wolf spider facts? And more importantly, how do we kill them?

Wolf Spider Facts: How To Identify a Wolf Spider 

A wolf spider carries a significant profile. Ranging from nickel-sized to half-dollar-sized, a wolf spider is a brown, fuzzy spider with a white stripe down the middle of the back. The legs are thick, brown, and fuzzy, too. The webs they spin can be large and elaborate. All of these things lead to an imposing impression when first seen.

In truth, wolf spiders are actually harmless. They look terrifying, but they pose no threat. Even so, nobody likes spiders around their homes and family, so most people include them in the list of pests they want to kill.

wolf-spiderWolf Spider Control: How To Prevent Wolf Spiders

Prevention is a professional application of a power spray to the exterior of the home. Autumn is an especially good time to start this preventative service to take care of wolf spiders, as well as all other occasional invaders that like to use your home as a refuge.

Who Can Kill My Wolf Spiders?

If you want wolf spider control, call on Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions! Our wolf spider killers will take care of wolf spiders and other seasonal pests with the most up-to-date materials and equipment available. With over thirty years of caring for St. Louis area homes, Holper’s will give you peace of mind with successful wolf spider control.

Call 314-732-1413 today for your appointment!

Holper’s In Your Neighborhood

All pest control is not created equal. To properly serve a geographical area, you need a history of service that creates knowledge of trends and infestations in that area. Holper’s is home grown and home owned! With more than three decades of service, Holper’s has developed the precise knowledge of local pests to not only treat the pests you have now, but also to help you prevent the pests most prevalent in YOUR area of Greater St. Louis.

Did You Know?

You might be surprised to learn that:

  • The highest concentration of rat issues lies within the 270 loop.
  • Most of our skunk trapping takes place in Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, and South County.
  • While brown recluse spiders are widespread in general in the St. Louis area, higher populations can be found in Clayton, Ladue, Frontenac, Webster Groves, Brentwood, Richmond Heights, Chesterfield, Kirkwood, and University City.
  • Squirrels love St. Louis, but higher than average concentrations are found in Clayton, Ladue, and University City.
  • Bats love the homes and buildings in University City and south St. Louis.

The Holper’s Difference

The hallmark of Holper’s is our thorough initial inspection. Because our goal is to give you peace of mind in your home, we look for ways to solve the problems you are currently experiencing, as well as point out ways to keep future problems from developing. If a pest free home is your goal, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will get you there!

 Call 314-732-1413 today–we’re in the neighborhood!

 

How To Prevent And Control Rodents

As the temperatures outside begin to cool, rodent prevention and rodent control become issues all homeowners need to think about. How do I know what pest you have? How do I prevent and control rodents?

 Identifying Your Rodent Invaders

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House Mouse

There are three main rodent types seen this time of year in the St. Louis area. The first is a house mouse. A house mouse has grayish-brown fur, with a tail equal to its body length. Homeowners often first know rodents are present due to the presence of droppings, making it important to know what to look for. House mouse droppings are roughly 3/8 inch long, black, and very hard.

Another rodent common now is the white-footed deer mouse. This mouse has brown fur with a white belly, as well as white feet. The droppings are similar to a house mouse, but since these mice are associated with Hantavirus, sweeping up their droppings on your own could be deadly.

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Norway-Rat

The last rodent seen moving indoors this time of the year is the Norway rat. This rat has brown or gray fur, and a shaggy coat. A Norway rat’s ears and tail are covered in scales. The total body and tail length will average 8 inches to 10 inches. Norway rat droppings are about 3/4 inch long, black, and have a “hook” on one end.

How Did I Get Rodents in My Home?

Rodents seek warmth and food sources inside your house when the weather outside begins to cool. They look for tiny openings to gain entry into your home. Mice only require an opening as small as a dime to gain access; for rats, it is the size of a quarter.

Common entry points are:

  • Gaps where the gutter line meets the roof
  • Foundation cracks
  • Warped siding
  • Garages
  • Where utility lines enter the home
  • Sewer lines (access gained through floor drains or the toilet)

Preventative Measures To Take

house-miceIf you want to prevent and control rodents, there are steps you can take to deter their entry:

  • Professionally installed exclusion measures (e.g. sealing visible foundation holes)
  • Baited and monitored rodent stations outside of the home
  • Replace garage door seals
  • Keep indoor food areas clean of crumbs, wrappers, and dirty dishes
  • Contain trash in metal receptacles (plastic can be chewed)
  • Cover utility entry points
  • Do not use foam insulation to seal home, as rodents can chew through this

Why You Need Professional Rodent Control

For rodent prevention and rodent control, it is critical to employ a reputable pest control company, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Our expert service begins with a thorough inspection to develop a treatment plan for your specific problem. Techniques and materials used always reflect the latest technologies and professional grade products. Your home will be treated with a personalized combination of baited rodent stations, monitored rodent stations, rodent traps, and repairs to entry points.

It is important to note that all rodent droppings are a biohazard and should only be cleaned up by a professional using proper safety equipment, especially in the case of white-footed deer mouse droppings, which are linked to the deadly Hantavirus.

We at Holper’s look forward to providing you with successful rodent prevention and rodent control. Please call 314-732-1413 to set up your appointment today.

 

 

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How Do I Keep Squirrels Away?

do I have squirrels in my houseThis time of year, it is not uncommon for pregnant squirrels to search for a perfect nesting spot. As you might imagine, a warm, cozy attic will hold a far greater appeal to a mama-to-be squirrel than an old tree does. Knowing that your attic is prime real estate for nesting squirrels, you have to wonder, “How do I keep squirrels away?” We are happy to share our top squirrel prevention tips.

Squirrel Prevention 101

A few proactive steps will help to keep squirrels away from your home:

● Keep tree limbs trimmed back so that none are overhanging your roof
● Install roof vent covers
● Install gable vent covers
● Install pipe stack covers
● Install dryer vent covers
● Seal gaps in the gutterline

The last item in the list is tricky, as gaps in the gutterline will not be visible from the ground. Finding those gaps to seal will require the expertise of a trained pest control technician.

squirrel-preventionWho Can Help Me with Squirrel Prevention?

The key to squirrel-proofing your house as much as possible is to start with a thorough inspection by a pest control expert who will know what to look for. You’ll never go wrong with an inspection by Holper’s, as our trained wildlife technicians know every nook and cranny to check. Not only can Holper’s find the potential entry points, but we can install exclusionary covers and venting. If you already suspect you have squirrels, we can handle that, too! But if prevention is your goal, we are behind you 100%! Why wait until you have squirrels–let us help you keep them out!

The Helpful Holper’s Team

Every day, St. Louis residents trust the caring technician team at Holper’s with their homes and businesses. We take pride in treating your property as if it is our own. If you want to keep squirrels away, just call us today at 314-732-1413. Let’s conquer squirrel prevention together!

 

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An Ounce of Prevention: How To Keep Bats Away

The old adage says an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That couldn’t be more true in the case of bats. Knowing how to deter bats from roosting can save you worry, damage, and financial loss in the future. If you want to know how to keep bats away, you have come to the right place.

The Basics 

bat-opening-in-homeThe key to deterring bats from roosting is to block all possible entry points, which is much easier said than done. Bats can squeeze through holes that are ⅜ “ wide (the size of dime) and if they flatten themselves, they can squeeze through a gap that is ⅛” wide! Bats enter houses through eaves, overhangs, unscreened vents, and structural gaps. Occasionally bats enter a home through an open window or chimney. When you realize how tiny of an opening a bat can get through, you then understand how hard it is to spot potential entry points.

The first step in how to keep bats away is a thorough, professional inspection. Only a trained technician will know where to look and how to spot these miniscule entry points.

Why Should I Care About a Bat? 

Bats live in colonies of one to 300, so your infestation problem is rarely a bat, but bats! The result of this infestation will be the noises a bat makes (scratching, squeaking, and crawling in walls and attics) and the stains and odors created by urine and droppings (guano). 

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Bat guano before cleanup.

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 bat droppings (guano), but typically the guano must have contact with moisture, which usually isn’t present in an attic. Regardless, bat cleanup must be done professionally, with safety equipment, full face respirators, Tyvek suits, and HEPA vacuums due to the potentially deadly dust created by the guano.

Additionally, being a mammal, a tiny percentage of bats will contract rabies. 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 assessed by a healthcare professional.  

How To Keep Bats Away 

Control 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 are able to exit your building but they cannot re-enter. 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 the installation of one-way doors, to removing guano, to sealing the structure–one call to Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will get it done. When you want to keep bats away, call your St. Louis bat control/removal professionals at 314-732-1413 today!