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Pest Management: Why Let Us Handle the Squirrels in Your Home?

Squirrels are cute creatures that are a welcome sight in woodland areas, parks, and other sylvan settings that they naturally inhabit. However, squirrels are also a bit like people: They enjoy being surrounded by nature, but they like to inhabit the cozy rooms of a home, too. If your home has a squirrel problem, there are plenty of pest management companies you can call, but we strongly feel that we are the best option. Below are four important reasons why.

No Poison is Used
Some pest management companies use a poison of some sort as the primary solution, but we prefer to take a different, more humane approach. Squirrels can be trapped quite efficiently, so there is really no reason to lay out poison pellets that could be picked up by household pets, or, worse yet, children. Trapping squirrels instead of poisoning them also prevents the animals from dying in wall spaces, where their carcasses would be very difficult to remove.

Reinfestation Prevention
Removing squirrels from your home without using strategies to prevent them from re-entering it is like refilling a cracked drinking glass without fixing the crack. If you don’t address the problem at the source, you will just end up having to take the same measure again and again. After all the squirrels are out of your home, we will propose measures to prevent them from entering it again, such as securing attic vents with strong wire and capping damaged eaves and repairing entry points.

Complete Explanation
Some pest management companies just walk into a home, do their thing, and then leave, thinking that the customer is satisfied. We take customer service a step further and explain everything that will be done to remove squirrels, how they will be removed, and what you should do to prevent another infestation. You pay us hard earned money to remove pests, and we feel that you would probably like to know exactly what you are paying for, and why.

Have Unwelcome Guests?
If squirrels have started to turn a space in your home into their own private residence, the problem only stands to get worse as the animals reproduce and make permanent nests. That is why it is important to call an experienced pest management company as soon as possible to receive a free inspection. The sooner the squirrels are gone, the sooner you will have more peace of mind. Call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com.

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Military (10% up to $75)

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New Clients (10% up to $75)

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What Are the Signs of an Asian Lady Beetle Infestation?

Asian lady beetles are often mistaken for the insect we call a ‘ladybug*. However, despite sharing the same kingdom, phylum, class, and order, the insects have two differences that are easy to spot. First, the top shell of a ladybug is red with black dots, while the shell of an Asian lady beetle is orangish yellow and may or may not have black dots. Second, unlike ladybugs, Asian lady beetles Infest homes and buildings, which brings us to the subject of this Wog_

Signs of an Asian Lady Beetle Infestation

Unlike insects that aggressively invade homes and buildings In search of food, Asian lady beetles tend to Infest structures gradually as the weather turns from warm to cold. This is because the bugs hibernate and need a warm place to stay for the duration of chilly autumns and cold winters, So, how can you identify a potential Asian lady beetle problem and stop it in its infancy instead of wailing for a full-blown infestation to happen? Below are four helpful tips.

  1. Observe the Exterior of the Structure

As the chill of Aulumn sets in, Asian lady beetles swarm on the outside of buildings and residences. The bugs particularly prefer parts of a structure that receive plenty of natural sunlight. Light colored structures, such as those with white siding or cream colored masonry,

are more attractive to the bugs than structures whose exteriors have dark materials, such as red brick and dark wood siding. However, dark colored structures are not Immune to infestation,

  1. Look for Beetles Inside the Structure

Many homeowners and building owners notice the presence of Asian lady beetles shortly after they enter the structure. This is because the bugs can enter through small spaces in window frames and start congregating in full site instead of hiding away in an attic or inside walls, although these areas commonly harbor Infestations. too If you noticE the beetles congregating In plain sight, consider it a warning sign of an impending infestation that involves other areas, as well.

  1. Consider the Time of Year

Asian lady beetles typically swarm when the weather starts to get seasonably cold and seasonably warm. The insects swarm and Infiltrate structures in search of a warm place to hibernate. Then, when the warmth of spring arrives, they swarm again and naturally exit the area of hibernation in search of sustenance. Unlike insect pests that like to dine on human cuisine. the Asian lady beetle devours small insects that it searches out in when the weather is warm

  1. Have a Free inspection Performed

Like other types of insect infestations, seeing a few Asian lady beetles inside a home or a building can signify that an infestation is underway, Because the majority of the insect colony could be hidden away in places that the structure’s owner can’t access easily, having a free inspection performed is the best way to determine whether an infestation is indeed present

The season for Asian lady beetle infestations grows near. If your think that your home or building has an Asian lady beetle problem, don’t wait for the potential infestation to grow. Instead, call Holpers Pest & Animal Control Solutions today at (314) 732-1413 to schedule a free inspection of your residence or building, or simply email us at info@holperspest.com.

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Rodent Control Services: Traps for Mice and Rats

Mice and rats are some of the oldest pests known to humankind. For millennia, they have infested structures that range from palaces, to barns, to private homes, with even the most modern structures not being safe. Most people don’t know that just two rodents can create a small colony within months. Two rodents can create a colony of over 300 in twelve months.  If you have a mouse problem or a rat problem, there are several ways to address it, one of which is to use rodent traps. In this entry, we look at some common types of rodent traps in terms of their effectiveness at eliminating mice and rats.

Snap Traps
Snap traps are generally recognized as the oldest type of rodent traps. They are the type of traps that the mouse character Jerry from the cartoon Tom and Jerry was always stealing cheese from. When a mouse or a rat tries to remove the bait from the trap, it is lights out: a pressurized metal bar quickly hits the rodent’s body, smashing and killing the creature.

Snap traps are inexpensive, and they do work, but they are best used for catching the occasional mouse, not eliminating an infestation that consists of multiple creatures. Furthermore, most snap traps are designed to kill the average mouse; they are often too small to effectively kill a rat. Rodenticides should never be used on the interior of a building. Rodents eat the poison, go off to die, possibly inside a wall and create a new set of problems for home owners.

Glue Traps
Glue traps are used to catch all kinds of residential pests, from spiders to mice. The traps are commonly laid near baseboards, as many pests prefer to move along baseboards instead of through the center of a room. Glue traps are considered somewhat humane because they don’t inevitably kill rodents. However, rodents must have any glue removed from their bodies before they reenter the wild; otherwise, they may have difficulty moving, and become easy prey.
Overall, glue traps are considered ineffective for trapping mice and rats, as they essentially have no containment system for the rodents, which allows the largest rodents to walk away and drag the glue trap with them. There is also the risk that household pets will encounter the traps.

Have a Rodent Problem?
If so, there are several ways to approach the situation, one of which is using the types of rodent traps listed above, among others. The key is to choose the best solution for addressing the type of pest that causes the problem, whether it consists solely of traps or includes other measures, too.  At Helper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we help homeowners and business owners address rodent problems quickly, efficiently, and in a way that helps to prevent future rodent problems.
For more information about our rodent control services, or to schedule a free inspection of your home or business, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. Our rodent control services have created thousands of satisfied customers. Become one today!

 

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Four Signs That You Need a Professional Mole Exterminator

By the time that most people decide to do something about the ugly mole tunnels in their yard, the animals that create the unsightly ground swellings are already well-established beneath the yard surface. While it is technically possible for property owners to resolve a mole problem on their own, hiring a mole exterminator is typically the fastest, most cost effective option. It should also be considered the one and only option if you experience any of the following situations.

  • DIY Solutions Aren’t Working

The do-it-yourself (DIY) pest extermination industry rakes in billions of dollars annually from the sale of various products that allow homeowners to take the extermination process into their own hands. However, when the presence of a pest is prolifiZ7DITIolutions start to lose their effectiveness, which necessitates calling in a professional.

  • The Problem is too Costly to Manage

DIY mole solutions may cost less on the store shelf than hiring a mole exterminator, but the relative ineffectiveness of the products means that you need to keep applying them to manage a mole population that never completely disappears. Before you know it, you will have poured thousands of dollars into your mole problem, with no end in sight. Hiring a mole exterminator may be more expensive than a DIY solution, but it yields fast, lasting results the first time around.

  • Your Property is Losing Curb Appeal

Unlike some pests, such as termites and wood bores, moles will not damage your home, but they can make the yard that surrounds it look worse for the wear. If you are planning to put your house on the market, or you live in a private, association-governed community that requires you

 

to keep your yard in pristine condition at all times, now is the time to call a professional mole exterminator. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to eradicate the growing mole problem.

  1. Other Animals are Digging for Moles

Mole tunnels make a yard look unsightly enough, but they can contribute to an even greater degree of unsightliness, as mole predators invade the lawn to dig the creatures out of their tunnels. Foxes, coyotes, weasels, snakes, and dogs are known to hunt yard moles, and further damage the appearance of the lawn in the process. In the end, having a professional mole exterminator fix your mole problem prevents other types of animal problems around your home.

Is it Time to Call a Mole Exterminator?                                                     

If you experience any of the situations listed above, the answer is almost certainly yes. If you

are looking for a mole exterminator who has over 30 years of experience eliminating mole problems, Ho!per’s Pest & Animal Solutions is the company to call. We will deploy special traps that are designed to kill moles quickly, and work with you to do so for a price that fits your budget. Unlike other companies who just set traps and leave them, we monitor our traps. We charge an initial set up fee, but after that your payment is based upon our performance. Our service is such that you pay for the moles that are killed.

For more information about our mole extermination services, or to schedule a free inspection of your lawn, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at infoholperspest.com. We look forward to helping you make your yard look smooth and green instead of mole infested!

 

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Pest Removal Services for Businesses: Frequently Asked Questions

Rendering pest removal services in a residence often entails a different set of considerations than rendering them in a place of business. Businesses work hard to boost productivity, nurture prospective clients, and create the perfect environment for completing the tasks. Consequently. business owners often have important questions to ask providers of pest removal services before they sign a service contract, with the questions below being asked quite frequently.

Is it possible for me to handle the extermination process on my own?
If you have come to the point of searching for a provider of pest removal services, it is probably a sign that your pest problem should be handled by a professional and not you or one of your colleagues. While it is rarely a bad idea to use insect traps or mouse traps to catch the odd spider or mouse, when the problem reaches the level of infestation, an exterminator is needed.

Can I have the inspection and treatment performed after business hours?
Some providers of pest removal services are willing to accommodate businesses by performing inspections and treatments after normal business hours. including Helper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. As a matter of fact, there are some business environments that are easier to inspect and treat after hours, such as those that feature several employees working in a small space.

Will solutions be implemented that could endanger IT equipment?
We can’t speak for all providers of pest removal services, but we can guarantee that Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will take care not to damage any of your business assets, whether it is something as costly as IT equipment or something as inexpensive as common paper goods. We work hard to create satisfied customers, so we have every reason to respect your property.

Is it possible to solve my type of pest problem once and for all?
Even without knowing what your pest problem entails, we can say rather confidently that it is possible to eliminate it, and prevent the same thing from happening again. When the right pest removal services are implemented, and the exterior of the building is reinforced to prevent pests from entering the interior, there is an excellent chance that the pest problem will be gone forever, if you continue with maintenance treatments.

Are scheduled treatments more economical than as-needed treatments?
If you are a betting person, the answer is yes. Scheduled treatments prevent infestations from occurring. Because exterminating an infestation is generally far more expensive and involved than performing a maintenance treatment, it only makes sense to invest in scheduled treatments instead of paying for as-needed treatments after a pest infestation is already well underway.

Contact Us Today
Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has years of experience serving businesses throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and surrounding counties. If you are dealing with a pest infestation at your place of business, call us as quickly as possible (314) 732-1413 to get the situation under control, and keep it from happening again. You .n also email us at infoholperspest.com. We look forward to making your building a pest- free environment where you can better concentrate on business!

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Preventative Pest Control: Be Proactive About Preventing Infestations

At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we often receive calls and emails from homeowners and business owners who are in a state of distress due to a pest infestation in their residence or building. While this situation is totally understandable — it is often difficult for non-professionals to recognize an infestation in its infancy — there is something that can prevent it from happening: Taking advantage of our preventative pest control program that prevents pest infestations.

What is Preventative Pest Control?
Preventative pest control is a proactive approach to preventing rodents, insects, squirrels, and other bothersome pests from infesting a home or a building. As far as the actual treatment goes, it is typically performed on a quarterly or bi-monthly schedule, and consists of different treatment procedures as seasons change. Is preventative pest control a good option for you? Consider the important benefits that come with taking a proactive approach to preventing pest infestations.

Easy to Predict Pest Control Costs
The cost of exterminating a pest infestation in a home or building is nearly impossible to predict without performing an inspection. With preventative pest control, on the other hand, you know exactly how much you will pay to keep pests away. If you are a business owner or a homeowner who operates on a budget, predicting pest control costs may be a necessity.

Seasonal Approach to Extermination
Different seasons in Missouri tend to bring different pest problems. For example, ants and moles tend to be most active in the warm months, whereas pests that live primarily indoors, when the option is available, may appear to be more active in cold weather. This is why it is important to take a seasonal approach to preventing pest infestations.

Eliminates the Prospect of Infestations
Not only is exterminating an infestation often costlier than performing preventative pest control. It is also more mentally harrowing. As everyone who has been through a major pest infestation knows, the psychological discomfort often outweighs the physical discomfort. If you have never experienced an infestation, consider yourself lucky, and invest in preventative pest control.

Customizable Based on Your Needs
Although it is often advertised as if it were, pest control is not a one-size-fits all solution. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will create a custom pest prevention program that is tailored to your unique needs.

Contact Us Today
Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has provided preventative pest control strategies to homeowners and business owners throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area for many years. Not only do we have a keen understanding of the pests that Missourians face. We also understand the pests that St. Louisans tend to encounter in different sections of the metro area.

For a free inspection of your home or building, or to create a preventative pest control solution that meets your unique needs, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to helping you keep your property pest-free!

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Mole Solutions: Kill Traps Versus Mole Poison

If only moles understood how bad they make your yard look, they might stick to borrowing deep underground instead of burrowing near the surface, too. However, unless you live in a Disney movie, where you have the power to talk with animals, the ugly, winding mole tunnels in your yard will not go away without the professional implementation of a mole control strategy.

For many property owners, getting rid of moles comes down to using of one of two mole solutions: kill traps or mole poison. Based on our many years of experience in applying different mole solutions, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has found that using kill traps is a better method of mole elimination than using mole poison. Below are four major reasons why.

  1. Kill Traps Are More Humane

You read it right: Kill traps are more humane than poison. Instead of forcing moles to endure the slow agony of perishing by poison, kill traps kill the animals almost instantly. If you have a mole infestation, and you are concerned about treating animals humanely, using kill traps is the best solution.

  1. Kill Traps Always Do the Job

One of the lesser known facts about mole poison is that much of it is grain-based. Because the diet of moles consists primarily of earthworms and other ground dwelling organisms, they often fail to consume enough poison to kill them, if they consume any of it at all. Conversely, as long as they are implemented correctly, kill traps work 100 percent of the time for killing yard moles.

  1. Kill Traps Quantify Results

One of the biggest challenges of using poison is determining how many moles you have killed. Did a mole eat the poison and go deeper in its tunnels to die, or did several moles nibble on the poison and not consume enough to kill them? It is impossible to tell. When a trap deploys, on the other hand, you know that a dead mole is under it, which makes it easier to quantify results.

  1. Kill Traps are Cost Effective

Both mole poison and kill traps are economical mole solutions. However, considering that traps work 100 percent of the time, whereas mole poison often requires several applications to achieve even a small measure of success, using kill traps is typically the most cost effective option in the long run. No chemical attractants or special food is used, just the kill traps alone.

Searching for Mole Solutions?

If so, you may be trying to decide whether to use kill traps or mole poison to exterminate moles in your yard. In our experience, the former option works best for the reasons listed above, among others. For more information about how kill traps compare to other mole solutions, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to eliminating your mole problem, and helping you restore your yard to how it looked before moles invaded.

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Insect Extermination Services: Examining the Home Exterior

Most people request insect extermination services when they start seeing bugs in their residence. However, most insect infestations are caused by bugs that enter a home from outside. This is why it’s important for pest exterminators to examine the exterior of a home in addition to the interior. If the outside of your residence gives bugs a way to enter, you could end up needing insect extermination services again and again until the problem is corrected.

How Insects Enter Homes
Insects can enter a home in a variety of ways, from being inadvertently transported inside by the homeowner to entering the residence through small spaces in the exterior. Most bugs enter a home under the latter scenario, with some places of entry being more common than others. Below are four points of entry that providers of extermination services routinely encounter, and how they can be addressed to prevent more insects from marching into the residence.

Window Frames
As a home settles, it can put gradual pressure on window frames that causes them to develop gaps between the pieces that compose the frame. The gaps are usually so small that the homeowner doesn’t notice them, but they are often large enough to let in small insects.

If insects are entering your home through gaps in window frames, you probably won’t need to replace any windows. A more economical strategy would be to seal up gaps in your window frames with commercial grade, weather-resistant caulk that matches the color of the frames.

Air Conditioning Vents
Homes that are surrounded by trees and have unprotected air conditioning vents on the roof are predisposed to insect problems. This is because many bugs like to reside in trees, from which they can fly or drop onto the roof of a home and enter its attic through air conditioning vents.

The open spaces in air conditioning vents are often protected by wire mesh to keep out animals, but spaces in the mesh are typically wide enough to let a variety insects enter. Applying wire mesh that has small holes like those in a window screen are better at keeping bugs out. Keeping trees trimmed back from the home often solves this problem.

 

Cable, Wire, and Pipe Entries
Almost every modern home has places on the exterior where cables, wires, and pipes enter the residence to deliver utility services. The holes through which they enter are usually rather small, and appear to be sealed after the products are in place. However, this isn’t always the case.

Small insects such as ants and spiders often have enough room to squeeze through a small space that exists between the hole and the cable, wire, or pipe that appears to plug the hole. Filling the hole with commercial grade caulk or spray foam sealant could eliminate the problem.

Home Foundation
A crack in the foundation of a home is another common point of entry for insects. Because the base of the foundation extends underground, a preponderance of soil dwelling insects, such as ants and beetles, are commonly seen in a home whose foundation is severely cracked.

The easiest way to fix the problem, of course, is to reseal the foundation in the necessary places. In addition to helping prevent insect infestations, sealing cracks in your home’s foundation will also help keep your basement dry, which can retard to formation of mold.

Need Insect Extermination Services?
If so, don’t settle for a provider of insect extermination services that only examines and treats the interior of your home. The outside of the home should also be carefully inspected and treated. If the inspection reveals exterior places that allow insects to gain easy entry to your house, they should be sealed with an appropriate, high-grade product to help prevent future infestations.

At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, over 30 years our many years of providing insect extermination services to the St. Louis area have taught us that examining the interior of a home is only one part of the extermination equation. You also have to consider how bugs are entering the home, and implement strategies that prevent it, from spraying around the exterior to sealing up holes.

If you think that your residence has an insect problem, and you aren’t sure about the source, give us a call today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com, to schedule a free examination. We look forward to helping you enjoy the summer season insect-free!

 

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Bug Removal: What to do if Your New Home has a Bug Problem

Buying a new home is a celebratory occasion for many people. However, some new homeowners soon find that they aren’t the only ones that inhabit the residence. Bugs are there, too, and in large numbers. If you recently bought a home that obviously has a bug problem, you may feel taken off guard and overwhelmed by the situation, but you aren’t without options. Below is a step-by-step overview of what you should do if your new home is infested by insects.

Find out if the home has been treated for bug problems
Some home sellers have their residence treated for bugs before they place it on the market. If your new home was treated for bugs shortly before the sale, the service agreement may allow for free follow-up visits if the first bug removal session was unsuccessful. If this is the case, you may be able to have your bug problem eliminated for free through follow-up treatments.

Examine the sales contract for bug-related contingencies
Some home sale contracts stipulate that the residence must be fit to inhabit based on several factors, one of which can entail the presence of bugs. Before you sign a service agreement with an exterminator, examine the sales contract to see if it addresses the issue of insect infestation. If it does, the seller may be required to have the residence exterminated to satisfy the contract.

If possible, take pictures of the bugs that infest your home
Taking pictures of bugs in your home can provide valuable evidence for the exterminator, especially if you are dealing with insects that tend to operate nocturnally, such as bed bugs, brown recluse spiders, and roaches. Because different types of infestations require different bug removal strategies, it is crucial to know about every type of bug that inhabits the residence.

Have a bug removal specialist inspect your residence
Most pre-service inspections are performed for free, but they can provide you with all the information you need about your bug problem, including how it should be resolved. Whether your home is overtaken by silverfish, ants, termites, or another type of insidious insect, be sure that the exterminator inspects the outside of the residence in addition to inspecting the interior.

See if the provider specializes in your type of bug problem
Many insect exterminators specialize in eliminating certain types of bugs. Before you sign a service agreement to have your home treated, ask how many customers the company has served who had a bug problem like yours. In addition, inquire about how the bug removal solution you would receive differs from the company’s other insect elimination strategies.

Do you own a new home that has a major bug problem?
If so, now is the time to call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to resolve the issue. Because the longer you wait to address a bug problem, the worse the problem can become, having your home inspected and treated quickly can help reduce the cost of service, and help prevent insect-related home damage that termites, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees can cause.

 

We specialize in exterminating a wide variety of insects, including: ants, roaches, spiders, termites, brown recluses, silverfish, hornets, and bed bugs, to name a few. After we carefully inspect your residence inside and out, we will explain the bug problem, propose the best bug removal strategy, provide you with a free cost estimate, and jump into action as soon as your retain our services.

 

To schedule a free inspection of your home, and to learn more about the bug removal services we offer, give us a call today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. The sooner you resolve your bug problem, the sooner your new house will start to feel like home.