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Ant Removal Services: Three Places Ants Like to Hide in Your Home

Now that warm weather is here, do you find yourself performing your own ant removal services, laying down one ant trap after another, hoping to eradicate those lines of ants that march like soldiers across your counters, window frames, and furniture? If so, you may have more than a seasonal ant problem, you may have a full-blown ant infestation.

If so, the ants probably aren’t coming into your home from the outside, gathering up morsels of food for the colony, and then heading back to nature to deliver the goods. A more likely scenario is that the ants have found a place to hide in your residence, as they try to build colonies in the house areas where sustenance is plentiful and easy to get, such as the areas below.

Inside Walls
Ants are natural ground dwellers, but they aren’t committed to living solely in soil. They mostly want an enclosed space that makes it hard for their natural predators to disrupt the colony. Consequently, if ants find that your home is a good place to secure sustenance, they won’t mind trading their subterranean surroundings for a living space inside a wall in your residence.

Once ants start colonizing in the walls of your home, they become virtually impossible to eradicate with do-it-yourself solutions. More often than not, professional ant removal services, such as those that Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions provides, are needed to solve the problem.

Potted Plants
Because ants are naturally inclined to colonize in soil, it isn’t much of stretch for them to use the soil of a large, potted plant to form a sister colony. Because the soil for potted plants is typically rather dark, it can be hard to see ants moving across it. However, you can often see them climbing on the leaves and stems of the plant, as they go about their food gathering missions.

If a potted plant in your home is home base for an ant colony, you may be able to solve the problem by repotting the plant and depositing the old soil away from your residence. However, if the ants have been in the pot long enough, some of them may have migrated to other places in your home — a situation that typically requires professional ant removal services.

Air Conditioners
In addition to spots that offer protective seclusion, ants also like places that have a steady supply of moisture. When they live outside, rainwater soaks into the soil and provides the moisture ants need. But when they move their operations indoors, they sometimes colonize inside air conditioning units due to the high level of condensation inside the equipment.

If it comes down to getting a new air conditioner or using ant removal services to purge the equipment of ants, we recommend the latter solution. Why? Because air conditioners can be expensive, and the problem isn’t really your air conditioning unit; it is the ants that live inside it.

Have an Ant Problem?
Don’t hesitate, let Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions examine your residence as soon as possible. We’ll know exactly what must be done to solve the problem. For more information about our ant removal services and removal services for other pests, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or fill out the contact form on our website. We look forward to helping you!

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Bat Control: Don’t Let the Bat Bugs Bite

Many people have heard stories of how physically and mentally challenging it can be to live with a bed bug infestation, but not as many people are aware that bat bugs can be just as difficult to deal with as one of their closest cousins, the bed bug.

Bed bugs and bat bugs are blood-sucking parasites that are members of the Cimicidae insect family. In fact, the two types of insects are so biologically similar that they look the same to the naked eye, and can only be distinguished through microscopic examination.

How Bat Bugs Operate
Unlike bed bugs, which prefer to draw blood from human hosts, bat bugs are biologically inclined to suck blood from bats. However, because they can reproduce exponentially faster than most species of bats, it isn’t uncommon for bat bugs to search out other hosts when the bat population becomes too small to offer enough sustenance.

If a bat colony in your residence leads to a bat bug infestation, these “other hosts” could be you, your family, and your pets. This is why it is important to call an experienced bat control provider, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, at the first sign of a bat infestation.

If you wait too long to address a bat problem in your residence, you may end up having to deal with more than just a bat colony; you could also have to address a bat bug infestation — a process that entails an entirely different approach than the process for bat elimination.

 

One Solution for Two Problems
Because bat control focuses on eliminating bat infestations, which commonly occur in the attic or upper crawl space of a home, where conditions are dark, dry and warm, it is also an effective strategy for preventing bat bug infestations.

Because the insects enter a home by riding on bats, eliminating bat colonies is a single solution that can address two problems: bat infestations and potential infestations of bat bugs. Unfortunately, though, many pest control companies that perform bat control overlook the possibility of bat infestations and bat bug infestations occurring simultaneously.

 

The Truth About Your Bat Situation
Most bat infestations do not lead to bat bug infestations, but when they do, it is important for homeowners to know the situation that they are really facing. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, this is exactly the type of information we provide to our valued customers.

If you have bats but not bat bugs, we will propose solutions for eliminating the bat colony and preventing another one from forming. By the same token, if you do have bat bugs, we won’t pretend as if bat control alone will solve the problem. Instead, we’ll propose a solution that rids you of both situations.

 

Contact Us Today
Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions dedication to providing accurate information about bat control and other pest control strategies is one thing that separates us from the competition. Instead of selling you services that you may not need, we will tell you the truth about your bat situation, and precisely what must be done to fix it.

For more information about our bat control services, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or fill out the contact form on our business website. With us working as your trusted pest exterminator, you can sleep tight, and not let the bat bugs bite!

When Should You Use a Professional for Squirrel Removal?

“Why do I need a professional in squirrel removal to come to my house to get rid of squirrels? Can’t I just do it myself?” Given the number of squirrel control options available at your local hardware or home improvement store, this is a pretty fair question. For the DIY inclined homeowner especially it is tempting to get rid of squirrels yourself. But there are some things to consider before jumping in to the task.

Unlike a mole problem, which we believe you might be able to eradicate yourself if you’re up to the challenge, it is a bit more complicated to get rid of squirrels. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your St. Louis squirrel removal expert, and as a trusted adviser to the St. Louis community, we want to make sure you don’t waste your time and money on ineffective solutions.

Chemicals for Squirrels

Ask around about how to get rid of squirrels and you’ll get a variety of answers, many of the homebrew variety. We’ve heard of spraying urine in your attic or setting up strobe lights in there, letting wild cats roam your property to scare the squirrels away, mothballing the attic, and placing all sorts of homemade and commercial poisons in bait. If you can think of it, somebody has probably tried it. But there’s a reason why you get so many answers when you ask how to get rid of squirrels: it’s because none of them consistently work.

Chemical and homebrew treatments don’t work because, for one, squirrels are very smart. They have excellent vision, strong spatial memory, and a powerful sense of smell. Even though a squirrel’s brain is just the size of a walnut, they are actually very intelligent and can easily see through amateur attempts at squirrel removal. They’ll know when a new scent is present or when something has spatially changed. They’ll just move, not go away. And even if you do manage to outsmart these intelligent creatures, a deterrent is temporary at best and a poison just means you’ll need to remove a dead squirrel from your walls later on. That’s smelly, messy, and has all sorts of hidden costs.

Pest control companies don’t use chemicals and poisons for squirrel removal. You shouldn’t either. If you’re on a DIY path for squirrel control then at least try and mimic what the professionals are doing. They know how to get rid of squirrels better than anyone.

Squirrel Trapping

Squirrel trapping is the best approach for squirrel control. But, squirrel trapping requires a special set of skills and knowledge. For starters, there are dozens of trap types. Each type serves a unique purpose and circumstance. Although you can buy generic traps at the store, unless you know when and where to put them and how to operate them, you’re likely wasting your money and adding to your frustration. Squirrel trapping often requires precise placement in difficult to access areas around your home – mostly high up by the attic or tree tops.

If you are successful at trapping your squirrel, you also have to consider squirrel removal. What are you going to do with it now that you’ve caught one? Your local pest control company should be able to remove and humanely dispose of the wildlife. Also know that in some states or municipalities, civilian squirrel trapping may not be legal. Please check with your local municipality to see if you need a special license to kill or trap squirrels on your own.

When to Use a Professional

You should use a squirrel removal expert when you are certain you have a squirrel problem – that is, when they’ve already moved in to your personal space. Deterrents, fumigation, and poison are unreliable at eliminating the problem. Trapping is effective and simple in theory but difficult in practice. Your local squirrel removal expert knows better than anyone how to get rid of squirrels and should be able to efficiently eradicate the problem.

We’ve witnessed over and over the carnage of a homeowner trying to remove a squirrel themselves. Most of the time, using homebrew remedies, the homeowner just made the problem worse. One of the biggest mistakes is disrupting a squirrel’s current residence in the attic. Once a squirrel has a nest inside, trapping them in the attic will only result in an anxious and erratic squirrel trying to bust their way out. Similarly, if you’ve blocked the squirrel out and their nest is inside, they’ll tear your house apart trying to get back in. This is a problem that doesn’t go away until the squirrel goes away. Eviction is not in a squirrel’s vocabulary.

When to Do It Yourself

Don’t pay someone else to do something you can do yourself. Despite the complexities of squirrel control, there are options to prevent the problem altogether. When you know how to prevent squirrels from entering your home you don’t have to worry about how to get rid of squirrels in the first place. When it comes to prevention, you can be your own squirrel removal expert.

The best form of prevention is to limit access to your structure. Make sure to trim branches so that none of them come within at least six feet of the structure. Squirrels typically get access to your attic using nearby trees. You can also limit access by sealing up any holes or cracks you have that might be exploited by the squirrel to tear their way in to the attic.

How Holper’s Can Help

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your St. Louis squirrel removal expert. We study your property and your home to understand exactly where they are entering and where they are hiding. With over 30 years of experience, we know that one size doesn’t fit all. The approach to trapping is unique to your situation, which is why we apply local knowledge, combined with pest control expertise, to ensure that the problem is solved and not just concealed.

Our squirrel removal techniques are humane, non-invasive, and safe for your home. By trapping the squirrels we do not introduce any dangerous poisons and we are able to confirm effective removal (instead of leaving a dead animal hidden in your walls somewhere). So if your home and peace of mind are under assault by a squirrel, call Holper’s today (314-544-PEST) and discover how we can set you free from these pests with precision and effectiveness.

5 Amazing Facts About Squirrels

Squirrels are curious creatures that have achieved a status in pop culture nearly unmatched by any other pest. In no other city than St. Louis have they especially reached such a spectacular reputation, mostly thanks to the 2011 MLB Playoffs and the Cardinals’ encounter with the now forever famous Rally Squirrel. But, there’s more to squirrels than cartoon charactersgood luck charms, and TV commercials. Here are five fun facts about squirrels that you probably didn’t know.

Masters of Deception

Squirrels might look cute and innocent, but they are masters of deception. When a paranoid squirrel has food but thinks it is being watched, the squirrel will stuff food in its cheeks, then dig a hole, pretend to drop food in it, and cover the hole back up. Why? The squirrel is trying to throw an enemy off its trail with a decoy cache of food! Other squirrels or birds, hoping to take the stash, will then focus on the fake burial site while the squirrel buries the real stash somewhere else, safe from prying eyes.

Squirrels also run in seemingly erratic paths intended to deceive potential predators as to its chosen path of escape. That’s why they look so crazy when you’re driving down the road and encounter what looks like a surely suicidal squirrel in the street. In reality they are trying to confuse your car with misdirection, often to their own demise.

Talk to the Tail

A squirrel’s bushy tail is an important part of its iconic stature. Although, that tail is more than just a multiplier for cuteness. Squirrels actually use their tail for a number of reasons. For one, they move it around to signal anxiety of aggression. Similarly, they fluff it out to impress and attract mates. When it comes to climbing, and accomplishing impressive feats of acrobatics, the tail works to provide balance. The tail even works to aid in temperature control! In the summer, squirrels use their tail as a fan to cool themselves down and as shade from the sun. Then in the winter, squirrels wrap their tail around their body like a blanket to keep warm.

I’ve Got My Eye On You

Squirrels have noticeably large eyes which are positioned high on their head. Baby squirrels are actually born blind and remain that way for six to eight weeks, but once developed they have an excellent field of vision. That field of vision, combined with high placement on the head, is a big part of the reason why squirrels can move so quickly and effectively up, down, and across trees. Yes, they can see you. And yes, they’re watching.

High Speed Chase

Have you ever noticed squirrels madly chasing each other through the trees at an impressively fast pace? This odd behavior is exactly what it looks like: one squirrel chasing another. The ritual of chasing, which occurs through trees at top speed, is a male chasing a female and it happens during mating season. From time to time you’ll also have one male chasing another male as it seeks to ward off a threat.

Can I Stay for a While?

Adult squirrels typically live alone. They also never hibernate. But, during excessive cold or a winter storm squirrels will ride out the storm in their nest for as long as it takes. And even though they prefer to live alone, when the weather gets bad a squirrel will share its nest with other squirrels who congregate together to stay warm and preserve body heat. Once the storm is over, the guests will again mind their own business and move along.

Need Help With Squirrel Removal?

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your St. Louis area squirrel removal expert. We’ve been serving the St. Louis region for over three decades and we are proudly the leaders in squirrel removal. Our combination of local knowledge and squirrel removal skills are why every season homeowners all across St. Louis choose Holper’s to handle their tricky, deceptive, and annoying squirrel problems. Call your local squirrel removal expert today (314-544-PEST) to learn more about how we can help you protect your home.

The Right Brown Recluse Solution

The brown recluse spider is a common pest in St. Louis. It’s also an absolutely frightening one that we’ve heard eats pure evil for breakfast, fear for lunch and small children for dinner. While that might be a bit of an exaggeration, it is true that the bite of a brown recluse can be life-threatening. There are few pests that emotionally affect people more than the brown recluse spider – and with good reason. But don’t let that fear lead you to poor financial decision making.

Pest control companies know just how scary the brown recluse spider is. They know that spiders are at the top of the terrorizing-homeowners totem pole. Consequently, some pest control companies have a “brown recluse program” that comes with sticker shock as frightening as encountering a recluse in your home.

Do you really need it?

Sometimes, the answer is no. With decades of St. Louis pest control experience under our belts, we’ve learned that having to buy a full brown recluse protection package can be as frightening as the spider’s venomous fangs. That doesn’t work for us because we’re all about enabling peace of mind in the home. Instead, we believe in discovering the right solution for the right problem. And that’s why we created an innovative approach that ensures you are only as protected as you need to be.

How We Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders

At Holper’s, we inspect your home to understand how and why spiders might be entering your home. Then, we put out monitors where we feel your home is most vulnerable. This process enables us to really understand the scope of your brown recluse infestation. It helps us determine whether you need a full treatment or just some old fashioned spider gangbusting.

Once the monitors have been placed around your home, we then come back in 30 days to check for activity on the monitors. If we find six or more brown recluse spiders in the monitors then we recommend a more comprehensive and targeted treatment. But if we don’t find six or more spiders, you’re actually in okay shape and we don’t want to make you buy something you don’t need!

How simple is that? If you have a suspicion of brown recluse spiders in your home, give Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions a call today at 314-544-PEST. Unlike our competitors, we’ll come and monitor your home first to determine whether you need a full protection plan or just occasional service. We won’t use fear to sell you something you don’t need, and we’ll treat your home with the same pride and respect as our own.

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When Should You Use a Termite Control Professional?

“Why do I need a pest control professional to come to my house to get rid of termites? Can’t I just do it myself?” Given the number of termite control options available at your local hardware or home improvement store, this is a pretty fair question. For the DIY inclined homeowner especially it is tempting to get rid of termites yourself. But there are some things to consider before jumping in to the task.

Unlike a mole problem, which we believe you might be able to eradicate yourself if you’re up to the challenge, it is a bit more complicated to get rid of termites. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your St. Louis termite control expert, and as a trusted adviser to the St. Louis community, we want to make sure you don’t waste your time and money on ineffective solutions.

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Treating the Source

One of the most common problems people experience when they try to get rid of termites themselves is that they buy chemicals and bait stations that just treat the problem, not the source. Many homeowners end up just moving termite colonies instead of eliminating them altogether.

A termite control company will be more effective in treating the source instead of just spraying the problem and moving it around or at best disabling it temporarily. However you should also ensure your St. Louis termite control company is honest – this isn’t always a quick fix and it requires monitoring even after the original termite treatment.

Unique Skills to Get Rid of Termites

It takes special skills and knowledge to get rid of termites. First of all, you need extensive knowledge of building construction concepts in order to identify critical areas where termites are likely colonizing and entering your home. Often times these points of entry are hidden or difficult to access. Your local pest control company should know right where to look and willing to crawl into tight spaces that you might be less comfortable with.

Additionally, effective termite control often utilizes specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and soil treatment rods. Your local termite control professional should have access to tools that you might not otherwise have access to, or want to invest in, just to get rid of termites. These extra tools are often hidden costs to DIY solutions.

Chemicals for Termites

Treating a whole home is different than treating a single space isolated from vulnerable structures. A typical home termite treatment may involve hundreds of gallons of a liquid pesticide (called termiticide) injected into the ground alongside the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and within foundation walls. Buying that much chemical is expensive over-the-counter, but your local termite control professional should be able to purchase it in bulk discounts. Also consider the hidden costs of equipment required to apply the termite treatment that you might purchase or create yourself.

When You Should Get Rid of Termites Yourself

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is a locally owned pest control company. Founded and still operated by Jeff Holper, this family business knows a thing or two about the DIY movement and entrepreneurship. In fact, we absolutely love how hard working, creative, and resourceful our fellow St. Louisians are. We certainly don’t want to discourage that.

One rule of thumb we use when considering whether to get rid of termites yourself or with a termite control partner like us is – if your home is infested, use a pest management company. If something like just your mailbox, sandbox, or other small wooden object not attached to the house is infested, a smaller scale treatment that you can get over the counter may suffice.

If you want to get rid of termites yourself, feel free to call us and talk with us anyway. Ask us your questions and bounce your ideas off of us. We’d be honored to help you in your pursuit to protect your home. If you do have a termites problem but aren’t comfortable with a DIY solution, give us a call too. We’d be honored to partner with you as you seek to get rid of termites and protect your home!

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Five Ways to Tell if You Have Termites

Did you know termites are a bigger threat to Missouri homeowners than fire, flood, and storm damage? Even though we hear more about these unfortunate events in the news than we do termites, it’s the tiny pests that do the real damage. In fact the National Pest Management Association, to which we belong, estimates that termites cost American homeowners $5 billion in damage each year!

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been a St. Louis pest control expert for nearly three decades. We’ve experienced firsthand, over and over, the type of damage termites can do to your home. The good news is that you don’t have to live in fear of termites. You just have to know a little bit about termite control and how to spot them, treat them, and keep them away.

Termites are most active in spring as termite swarms gather for reproduction and new colony formation. But the reality is termites are active year round in one form or another. They just happen to be spotted by humans more frequently in the spring. An important aspect of effective termite control is to know how to spot termites even when they aren’t swarming.

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Mud Tubes on Exterior Walls

Termites mostly travel in tunnels made of mud as they search for food. You’ll typically find termite tunnels on top of brick, concrete, or other hard surfaces (like your foundation). If you spot even one mud termite tunnel on the outside of your home you have termites and should immediately consider investing in termite control.

Hollow Wood

Termites eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The problem is they don’t eat in plain sight. Termites prefer dark and humid environments so they typically eat wood from the inside out. Hollow logs around your lawn are one thing, but also look for soft or hollow sounding wood in your walls and door frames. Cracked or bubbling paint might also reveal the tip of an iceberg. In our experience with St. Louis termite control we’ve seen the harsh realities of undetected termite activity that had been going on for years.

Frass and Sawdust

Drywood termites especially produce wood-colored droppings called frass. If termites are present in your home you might spot trails of frass or sawdust left behind by a hungry colony of termites. Frass is often encountered in small piles and it looks like tiny wood pellets or salt and pepper colored sawdust.

Discarded Wings

Termite swarms generally go about 600-900 feet from their original nest. They don’t get very far before their wings fall off – which you’ll find often en masse near windows, doors, or light fixtures. Windowsills are an especially common place to find discarded wings.

Cracked Entry Points

You’re more likely to have termites if your home is an attractive environment for them. Termites enter your home through wood-to-ground contact such as doorframes, deck posts, and porch steps. They also exploit cracks in your foundation or in brick mortar. Finally, they prefer moisture. So the more moisture you have close to your home – the more likely they’ll be nearby. Watch for water pooling around your gutters and structure.

St. Louis Termite Control

Termites are tricky business. They’re hard to spot and homeowners often discover them before it is too late. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is the St. Louis termite control expert and would be honored to partner with you in termite control. We have tremendous local knowledge, award-winning customer service, and a passion for enabling peace of mind in your home through effective pest control. Call your Holper’s St. Louis termite control expert today and let us partner with you in your battle against termites!

Termites Spring Into Action

Monday is the St. Louis Cardinals home opener and the arrival of baseball is once again bringing the city back to life after a cold winter. Cardinal Nation is filling the streets to enjoy Opening Day – but they aren’t the only ones coming out of the woodwork to celebrate spring. Termites have spring fever, too.

Spring into action before termites take a bite out of your home - and wallet.While you’re headed outside to enjoy the St. Louis spring, termites are headed inside. The warm weather stimulates termite activity and the formation of termite swarms. Termite swarms are an endeavor of reproductive members to find a mate and a new colony. That new colony might just end up in or around your home, which means you need to be thinking about termite control as much as you’re thinking about how the Cardinals rotation will fare this year.

The High Cost of Termite Damage

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been a St. Louis termite control expert for decades, and we’ve seen our fair share of termite damage. The National Pest Management Association, to which we belong, estimates that termite damage costs Americans over $5 billion each year. Because they eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, termite damage can accumulate quickly. What most homeowners don’t realize is that termite damage isn’t always covered by insurance and out of pocket costs can run into the thousands for just one home. You should spring into action before termites take a bite out of your home – and your wallet.

How to Identify an Infestation

There are a lot of ways to identify termites and we strongly recommend researching termite control strategies to protect your home. As your St. Louis termite control expert, we have plenty of information to help you in that regard. But what is most important right now is watching for termite swarms.

Termites are most visible in spring, which means this is your best opportunity to spot the subterranean creatures short of a termite inspection. Even if you don’t spot a termite swarm you may find groups of discarded wings – evidence that a swarm was there before. Upon identification of termite swarms you should immediately consult with a local termite control expert.

What to Do About Termites

If you suspect termite activity around your home, we strongly recommend contacting a local termite control expert who can conduct a quality termite inspection. Because termites mostly cause their damage out of plain sight, termite control requires expert eyes and experience.

A termite inspection is important to effective termite control because it informs strategy for effectively removing termites and ensuring they don’t come back. A good termite inspection will provide you with answers about why termites have invaded your home, what kind of damage they’ve caused, and what the most reasonable termite treatment is specifically for your home.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions would be honored to assist you with a termite inspection and treatment for your home. Contact us today, obligation free, and spring into action before termites spring into your home.

Happy spring, go Cardinals, and go away termites!

Jeff Holper at the Ft. Wayne Home & Garden Show

Ft. Wayne Home & Garden Show

If you’re from Ft. Wayne and have a mole problem, you’re in for a treat. Jeff Holper – the internationally famous Molehunter – is making an appearance at the Ft. Wayne Home & Garden Show! Jeff is a featured speaker and will be conducting a number of seminars and live appearances on CBS, NBC, and WAJI Radio!

The Molehunter has killed over 18,000 moles and will be speaking about an arsenal of solutions ranging from Totally Organic to Slightly Manic. He’s tried everything under the sun and he will tell you what works – why, where, and when. If you want to learn how to kill a mole then you can’t miss an appearance by the Molehunter. Jeff’s mission is to help the human race reclaim its lawn space!

You can catch the Molehunter all weekend long on the Garden Gallery Stage:

  • Thursday and Friday at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm
  • Saturday at 11am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
  • Sunday at 12pm and 2pm

Jeff “the Molehunter” Holper will also be making live radio and TV appearances throughout the weekend:

  • Thursday 12:20 PM at the WANE booth inside exhibit hall at the Coliseum (WANE-TV/15 CBS)
  • Thursday 12:30 PM at the WISE booth inside exhibit hall at the Coliseum (WISE-TV/33 NBC)
  • Thursday 3:20 PM in the Coliseum lobby with WAJI Radio
  • Friday 6:15 PM at the WANE booth inside exhibit hall at the Coliseum (WANE-TV/15 CBS)
  • Saturday 8:00 AM at the WANE-TV studio

Finally, be sure to check out the National Molehunters Association – an organization founded by operated by the Molehunter himself! Even though Jeff is based in St. Louis, you can stay connected with the Molehunter long after the Ft. Wayne Home & Garden Show through the NMHA!

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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