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What Pest Control Issues Will I Face After The Rains and Flooding in St. Louis?

St. Louis residents have faced an awful week of heavy rains and flooding, resulting in damage and devastation. Along with the destruction that is easily seen comes pest issues that will present themselves in response to the flooding. What does that look like as a homeowner? What pest control issues are related to the heavy rains and flooding?

Not Only Humans Affected by Heavy Rains and Flooding

There is a natural uptick in pest activity following heavy rains and flooding. You are very likely to see an increase in ant activity inside your house. Their homes have been flooded out so ants move into your home to seek shelter and food. Make your home less attractive by keeping food in tightly sealed containers and wiping up all crumbs from counters and floors. At the first sign of increased activity be sure to contact a pest control company to get the invasion taken care of before it gets any larger.

Another pest that needs to find immediate shelter during prolonged storms is the raccoon. Often dwelling in sewers, as the water inside rises raccoons need to find a safe, dry place to live. Your attic is just what they are looking for and they don’t care what is in their way to access it! Raccoons will chew through, and/or tear off, your roof vent covers, soffiting, gable vents, and even the roof itself to get inside your attic. Once inside the damage continues from urine, feces, and possibly babies being born in the attic as the little family enjoys its new home in your house. Being proactive is always smart–have a pest control technician (who is a wildlife specialist!) inspect your roofline and vents for any gaps that could make it easier for a raccoon to choose your home. It is always wise and cheaper to prepare your home defensively against an infestation than to get rid of an infestation and the resulting damage.

The Pests Yet To Come…

The aftermath of heavy storms creates a perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed. The number one way to reduce mosquitoes breeding in your yard is to vigilantly remove all traces of standing water. Some locations are easy to spot, such as pools and birdbaths. But since mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a capful of water, some of the other breeding spots may not be as obvious. Pay close attention to water collecting in or on trash cans, tarps covering yard machinery, gutters, old tires, plastic bags, and even discarded water bottle caps. As with other pests, make your yard as unattractive as possible for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and take hold.

While nothing can keep a stray mosquito from flying into your yard, your greatest chance for enjoying your yard safely without the threat of mosquitoes is to have monthly mosquito sprays from May through October. It is important to have professional-grade products applied by licensed mosquito exterminators if your goal is to kill mosquito eggs, larvae, and adults. Treatment efficacy is lessened over time by heat and by rain, which necessitates a monthly re-application. The great news is that using Holper’s targeted treatment approach can reduce your mosquito population by up to 97%!

Holper’s To The Rescue

While we can’t stop the rain, we can help you with any pest problems you encounter because of it! Because our trained professionals treat insects AND wildlife, one call to Holper’s can take care of all your pest control problems. We also excel at inspecting your home and yard to let you know what can be done proactively to prevent infestations in the first place. Call us today at 314-732-1413 and let Holper’s give you peace of mind!

 

3 Things Your Pest Control Company Isn’t Telling You

If you’ve been emotionally affected by pests in your home then there are some wonderful pest control services to restore and protect your peace of mind. However, not all pest control companies are created equal. Whether you are in the market for a pest management solution or already have one, you’ll want to keep in mind three things that your pest control company probably isn’t telling you. This advice will save you time and money.

You don’t really need six visits a year from your pest control company.

Sometimes your pest control company can get a little obsessive. One minute you invite them over for a free inspection and the next minute they want to get married. They’ll tell you that you need at least six visits a year and they’ll accept nothing less. It’s called the “bi-monthly” plan, and it’s supposed to be better for you. But here’s what they really mean: “We want to bill you six times instead of four.”

The truth is most homes don’t need bi-monthly pest control. Six visits from your pest control company is just an excuse to dig deeper into your wallet. If your pest control company demands six visits a year and won’t offer a quarterly plan, there’s a good chance their approach is episodic – meaning they just come to clean up messes instead of preventing the problem altogether.

What you need instead is an honest pest control inspection that doesn’t force you into a more expensive plan than you need. At Holper’s St. Louis Pest Control, our preventive approach allows us to deliver better results in four visits than a competitor in six. Our prevention plan takes into consideration the unique characteristics of your neighborhood, your home, and the seasons that cause pests to move in and out. Prevention is possible when you know what is coming, why, and when.

That free inspection isn’t really their gift to you – it’s your gift to them.

Have you noticed pest control companies are good at trapping things? Their expertise isn’t limited to just animals. They’re also pretty good at trapping uneducated homeowners. Most pest control companies will hand out free inspections like candy while pretending they’re doing you a favor. But the truth is the free home inspection is really about them. It’s an open invitation to scare you into purchasing more services than you need.

How can you tell? A bad home inspection will first and foremost be quick. The technician will briefly walk around your house, only ask a few questions, and then tell you little more than that you need to buy one of his packages. There’s little reassurance of peace of mind.

A good inspection, on the other hand, will put your needs, emotions, and budget first. The technician will ask a lot of questions, thoroughly inspect the home and property, and look for weaknesses that will leave you vulnerable to seasonal pest infestations. The tech’s discoveries should be explained to you in detail and you should feel a sense of peace and comfort. Then you’ll know your free home inspection wasn’t just another trap!

“One size fits all” is not an effective pest control strategy.

With nearly three decades of experience at Holper’s St. Louis Pest Control I’ve realized that one size doesn’t really fit all. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of pest control companies that are trying to keep their prices low with this approach. It’s a waste of your time and money.

The “one size fits all” strategy is a way for your pest control company to keep their costs low. They design a rigid service and then send out an army of technicians to deliver it over and over. In order for this to work, the techs have to be quick at each home. They’re unable to invest the time and energy to really understand your home and what is making it attractive to pests. Have you seen this before? They “spray and dash” to move on to the next home as quickly as possible. You’re left wondering what they did and whether it worked.

The truth is no property is created the same. You can’t apply the same “one size fits all” treatment to a brick home and a wood home. Similarly, an old house on a small lot in the city is very different than a newer home on a wooded lot in the suburbs. Even two wood homes on similar properties are quite different because pests don’t all just walk in the front door. If you want to make a smart investment in pest control then you’ll want a partner who is willing to understand these differences, instead of an assembly line that is just trying to drive sales.

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