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Three Important Steps to Chipmunk/Ground Squirrel Control

Walt Disney gave us reason to laugh when he created the silly antics of Chip ‘n Dale. But homeowners who discover their lawns have been taken over by chipmunks (also known as ground squirrels) will tell you that there is no laughing involved. How do I stop chipmunk holes? Who do I call for chipmunk control? A homeowner with a chipmunk problem has one goal in mind–how to get rid of chipmunks.

Step One–Why Did These Chipmunks Choose MY Lawn?

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Chipmunk hole in landscaping

Chipmunks are drawn to bulbs, vegetation, and decorative grasses. If you have an abundance of these, they are likely choosing you for the buffet you provide. They also enjoy burrowing under slabs of concrete. While it is impossible to completely chipmunk-proof your yard, knowing what they are drawn to is the first step to getting them under control.

Step Two–Professional Chipmunk Wranglers

Trained technicians will set out rodent stations for you, according to the activity that they see present in your yard. Some of the stations will contain traps, and some of the stations will contain rodenticide. The stations with traps will stay until the initial invasion is under control, at which time the stations are all converted to rodenticide baiting stations for long term success.

Step Three–Ongoing Pest Control

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Eastern Chipmunk

When your rodent stations reach the point that they all contain rodenticide bait, you have the added benefit of controlling not only future chipmunks that wander into your yard, but also mice, rats, and voles. After all the time and money a homeowner puts into their yard, having rodent stations not only takes care of chipmunk control, but takes care of several other pests as well. That’s a good investment for the beauty of your lawn and gardens.

Why Holper’s?
Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been successfully dealing with chipmunk control for over thirty years. We know how to get rid of chipmunks! Our professionals are expertly trained in trapping and baiting, and they love helping to give you back your yard. If you have chipmunks, Holper’s is your answer. Please call 314-732-1413 to let us help you. Whether you call them chipmunks or whether you call them ground squirrels, we can take care of chipmunk control/ground squirrel control!

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How to Get Rid of Gnats and Flies

We all have had summer picnics and cookouts ruined by gnats and flies swarming around us and our food outside. It is something we have come to expect. But when autumn rolls around and those pests are showing up inside of our homes, that is where we draw the line. Why are so many people experiencing an influx of gnats and flies at this this time of year? More importantly–how to we get rid of gnats and flies?

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Moth Fly

Bug Basics

Identifying the type of insect you have is the first step in getting rid of them. Where you are finding them is the key to identifying them:

  • If the flying insects are primarily in your kitchen, you likely have fruit flies or gnats. They are very similar in appearance and behavior, so they are often mistaken for one another.
  • If you are finding bugs around basement drains and drains in unused bathrooms, your pest is probably a moth fly. You may have heard of these referred to as a drain fly or a sewage fly.
  • If you are seeing flying bugs around windows or indoor plants, you might have fungus gnats, which are smaller than the gnats you’d see in your kitchen.
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    Fungas Gnat

    If you are finding the insects around the kitchen garbage can, you likely have a plain old house fly. When natural or decaying trash is leaking from the bag, it draws these insects like a magnet.

Why Am I Seeing Them This Time of Year?

As the weather turns colder in autumn, insects need to move indoors to survive. Once inside they are looking for food sources, shelter, and places to lay eggs. Some are looking for moisture, and some are looking for filth, such as food debris and residue. The increased numbers viewed inside of the home are due to the hatching eggs of the recent invaders. These multiple life stages will require diversified treatment approaches.

How to Combat Gnats and Flies

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Drain Fly

Usually DIY treatments are ineffective long-term because the formulations of over-the-counter products are inferior and they do not attack the multiple stages at their sources. A trained professional exterminator from Holper’s will begin with a thorough inspection, along with an interview of the homeowner to incorporate his/her observations into creating the treatment plan. (Saving samples of the insects found in order to show the technician is very helpful to identifying what pests you have!)  A combination of micro-encapsulated sprays, foaming agents for the drains, light traps, gnat traps, fruit fly traps, and granular insecticides will be customized to your specific needs for your specific infestation.

The Difference With Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions

After more than three decades of serving the Greater St. Louis area, Holper’s has earned the reputation for expert pest control. Regardless of the type of gnat or fly you are currently battling, a call to Holper’s is your best bet, because Holper’s knows how to get rid of gnats and flies. Our superior knowledge utilizing IPM (Integrated Pest Management) will address your specific needs and get to the root of the problem quickly. We look forward to giving you back your home. Call today at 314-732-1413 to set up your appointment. We know how to get rid of gnats and flies!

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Carpet Beetles vs. Bed Bugs

Do you know your enemy? In the case of carpet beetles vs. bed bugs, there can be much confusion as to which enemy you are actually trying to eradicate. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has earned a sterling reputation as leaders in the St. Louis area pest control arena by their knowledge about, and successful treatment of, pests such as these. It takes experts to inspect and treat infestations, and Holper’s is here to help you rid your home of all pests. Whether you are battling carpet beetles or bed bugs, or even both, we can help.

Carpet Beetles vs. Bed Bugs

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Bed Bug

We get many calls from people reporting that they have a bed bug problem, when it turns out to be that their problem is actually carpet beetles. While most people have heard of bed bugs, not everyone is familiar with carpet beetles. What is the difference and why would there be any confusion as to what pest is in your home?

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Signs of Bed Bugs on a Mattress

Less than ¼” long, adult bed bugs are flat, wingless, oval-shaped insects which are brown in color. Younger bed bugs are lighter in color and tinier. The eggs that bed bugs lay are minute and white in color. It is important to know how bed bugs live and eat to properly eradicate them. Bed bugs at all phases of development need a blood meal to advance to the next stage. Their favorite meal source is a sleeping human or animal. A single feeding can supply life to a bed bug for up to an entire year.

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Carpet Beetle

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Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet beetle adults are roughly 1/16” to 1/8” long. The body shape is nearly spherical. The varied carpet beetle, the most common type, is cream colored with brown, yellow, and black patches. Eggs, which are minute and clear in color, tend to be laid in air ducts, on edges of carpeting, under furniture, and under baseboards. Once hatched, the larvae, which are slightly longer than the adults and are densely covered with hair, cause damage to natural fibers in the home, such as carpets, clothing, and furniture.

Larvae are also found in musical instruments which have been stored for lengthy periods of time, most commonly in the pads and felts of woodwind instruments.

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Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug infestations are usually discovered when homeowners begin experiencing nighttime bites to the body. These bites turn red and itch profusely. Bed bugs are also sometimes discovered when changing the sheets on the bed–bugs, droppings, and eggs can be visible along the cording of the mattress, the headboard, and the bed frame.

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Carpet Beetle Skin Reaction

Carpet beetle infestations are usually discovered when some telltale signs appear: the discovery of damaged articles, molted larval skins in dark areas, and an abundance of full-grown beetles near windows.

The most common reason that people often mistake a carpet beetle infestation for a bed bug infestation is that susceptible people may find that hairs shed from the larvae cause a rash consisting of irritated, itchy welts that may be confused with bed bug bites.

Combat 101: How to Defeat Carpet Beetles and Bed Bugs

To combat an infestation of either pest, a professionally applied interior perimeter treatment is required. This will kill the eggs, larvae, and adults of carpet beetles and bed bugs which are present in the home. Clothing will often need to be placed in bags with fumigant strips to kill all the stages present on them.

The eradication of a bed bug infestation is more involved, as bed bugs are far more mobile and multiply much faster. This additional attention includes accessing wall voids for treatment, as well as checking all furniture and wall hangings, and then treating accordingly. Mattresses also need to be covered with bed bug-proof encasements.

Holper’s For the Win: Carpet Beetles vs. Bed Bugs

Since 1985, Holper’s has been taking superior care of St. Louis area homes. It takes a pest expert to properly diagnose your problem, both through a visual inspection and a homeowner’s input of where they have seen the majority of the activity. The application of professional-grade products at regular intervals by trained technicians is the only way to ensure the initial infestation is eradicated AND that new pests cannot re-infiltrate the home. (Preventative measures are also available to pre-empt an infestation.) Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is waiting to help you with your problem of carpet beetles vs. bed bugs. Call 314-732-1413 and set up your treatment today!

 

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St. Louis Bat Control and Removal (And Why You Should ALWAYS Leave Bat Cleanup to a Professional)

If you are dealing with bats in autumn, it means that you have had them for a long time. We at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions have heard crazy stories from DIY folks that have learned the hard way that this is definitely a job to leave to professionals. We have the most effective eradication services because we understand bats–the critical first step to successful St. Louis bat control and bat removal.

Bats 101

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Bats inside an attic. The results of a DIY job.

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

Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Nocturnal in nature, the flapping in the dark of their wings, with a 6 to 12 inch wingspan, can bring a shriek of panic from fainthearted folks. A bat’s wing actually resembles a human hand, as if there were extremely elongated fingers with a wing membrane stretched across and between. Bats can maneuver far more precisely and quickly than birds due to having a much thinner wing.

Why is A Bat a Biohazard?

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Bat Guano

Bats live in colonies of one to 300, so your infestation problem is rarely a bat, but bats! Bats enter houses through eaves, overhangs, unscreened vents, and structural gaps. Occasionally bats enter a home through an open window or chimney. 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! Once inside, what homeowners find annoying and objectionable are 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 pigeon and bat droppings (guano), but usually the guano must have contact with moisture, which is generally not present in a dry attic. However, bat cleanup should always be done professionally, with safety equipment, full face respirators, Tyvek suits, and HEPA vacuums due to the potentially deadly dust created by the guano.

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Bat Guano Cleanup

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

Bat Control

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 can exit your building but they cannot re-enter. It is best to implement control before the end of May or after the third week of August, so as not to trap young bats in the structure. Once the bats have all left your home, the one-way doors are removed and the area is sealed, effectively bat-proofing your home.

In extreme circumstances of St. Louis bat removal, professional toxicants can be used, but only on specific bat species. It is a very involved process that can lead to an increased number of contacts with people and pets in the vicinity. For this reason, it is rarely the method of choice in bat control and bat removal.

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. Whether it is bat control, bat removal, or bat cleanup that you need, we can do it all! Call your St. Louis bat control and bat removal professionals at 314-732-1413 today!

 

 

 

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Rodent Control: Why You Should Use A Professional Exterminator

“When the cat’s away the mice will play” is an idiom we have all heard. This time of year you need to be careful, or the mice will be playing inside of your home. As the weather turns chillier, rodent control and rodent removal become unpleasant realities for many homeowners. You have come to the right place for expert advice from the professionals at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions! We are mice exterminators­­-we provide successful mice and rodent control, and mice and rodent removal.

Identifying Your Pests

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House Mouse

There are three primary types of rodents you will see this time of year in the St. Louis area. The first one is a house mouse. The house mouse has fur that is grayish brown, and a tail equal to the length of its body. From nose to tip of the tail, a house mouse is five to seven inches in length. People usually first know that they have rodents when they find droppings, so it is important to know what to look for. The house mouse droppings are roughly 3/8 inch long, black, and very hard.

 

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White-Footed Deer Mouse

The second rodent that is common right now is the white­footed deer mouse. This mouse has brown fur with a white belly, as well as white feet. An adult white­footed deer mouse has a body length of 3.5 inches to 3.9 inches, not including the tail. The tail will add another 2.5 inches to 3.8 inches to the overall length. The droppings are very 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 final rodent that is seen moving indoors at this time of the year is the Norway rat. This rat’s fur is brown or gray, with a coat that is very shaggy. A Norway rat’s ears and tail are covered in scales. The total body and tail length will average 8 inches to 10 inches, but the tail itself makes up less than half that length. Norway rat droppings are about 3/4 inch long, black, have a “hook” on one end, and usually are found in piles in a corner.

 

How Did I Get Mice in My Home?

Rodents seek the warmth and food sources inside your home when the weather outside starts to cool. Rodents are looking for small openings to gain access into your home. Mice need only to find 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; cracks in the foundation; warped siding; and garages. They also gain entry where utility lines enter the home. Rats will also make their way into your home through sewer lines, entering through floor drains or the toilet.

When a mouse first makes its way into your house, it leaves a trail of urine droplets (up to 3,000 droplets a day!) that creates a path for other mice to follow into your home. Rats follow scent trails (not just urine) left behind by themselves or other rats.

Preventative Measures To Take

If you want to avoid needing rodent control or rodent removal, there are steps you can take to deter their entry:

  • Professionally installed exclusion measures (e.g. sealing visible foundation holes)
  • 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 Mice and Rat Control

Whether it is for preventative measures or whether you are in need of mice control or rat control, it is important to use the services of a reputable pest control company, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Before a problem begins, a trained professional from Holper’s can come survey your home and yard to give you an assessment of where potential entry points are for rodents, as well as all pests and creatures. If you find yourself with a rodent infestation and need our expertise as mice exterminators, there are many reasons to call Holper’s right away to take care of you. 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 white­footed deer mouse droppings, which are linked to the deadly Hantavirus.

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

 

 

Five Fall Pest Prevention Tips

As the days get shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, autumn sets in for its annual visit.  But if you’re not careful, the new season won’t be the only visitor you have. The change in weather brings an array of fall pests all looking for the chance to drop in and say hello. While the only surefire way to be completely insect-free is a quarterly home pest prevention program, we at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can offer tips to reduce your likelihood of being invaded by insects, spiders, and four-legged pests. Whether you’re looking for flea pest control, stinging insect removal, squirrel removal, a mice exterminator, or pest control in general, you’ve come to the right spot.

The Usual Suspects

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Yellow Jacket

The crisp, cooler weather of autumn brings certain pests that we can count on for making an appearance. Problems with fleas, stinging insects (yellow jackets), squirrels, and mice all becomes more prevalent in the fall, but not all for the same reasons. Indoor flea issues increase after the outdoor summer breeding season is over, when family pets act as vehicles on which the fleas catch a ride into your home and begin multiplying inside. Yellow jackets raise the queens for the following season in early fall, leading to more activity around the nest. In autumn, squirrels make their way into homes and buildings for a warm environment in which to have their second litter of the year. Mice similarly enter for the warm environment, but they also enter in search of food.

Five Tips for Fall Pest Prevention

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Eastern Grey Squirrel

Jeff Holper, of Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, advises that while professional treatments and trapping are the ways to ensure a pest-free environment, here are a few tips to be proactive in the fight to keep the invaders out in the first place:

Tip 1

To reduce squirrels around 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

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Flea

insect growth regulator.

Tip 3

Installing rodent stations around the exterior perimeter of your home will reduce the population of mice looking to enter your home in the cooler weather.

Tip 4

Have a perimeter spray done on the exterior of your home to reduce spiders and insects that could look to infest your home in the fall.

Tip 5

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Yellow-necked Mouse

Eliminate clutter from basements and garages to reduce your chance of critter, insect, and spider invasions.

Your pest-free life, guaranteed!

For over three decades, St. Louis area families have trusted Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to keep their homes, yards, and gardens free of pests. A quarterly pest prevention program administered by the friendly professionals 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 hard to treat pests, such as fleas, yellow jackets, brown recluse spiders, termites, silverfish, and bed bugs, Holper’s has specialized treatment programs that clear the infestations as quickly as possible. The experts at Holper’s can give you a thorough assessment of gaps/holes in and around your home that might be letting in four-legged creatures, such as mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons. Holper’s can repair these openings, as well as install insect-resistant insulation, to keep your home pest-free. And if any of those critters have already slipped inside, Holper’s technicians are trapping experts to banish them from your property. Call Holper’s today at 314-732-1413 to let Holper’s give you back your home with a customized treatment program. We look forward to serving you this fall for flea control, stinging insect removal, squirrel removal, and for mice extermination–we can help you with these and so much more!

 

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Ladybug Infestations and Removal: Four Tips for Ladybug Control

“Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home”–this rhyme from your childhood will become your mantra if you find yourself in the unwelcome position of having a ladybug infestation. While considered a lucky presence by some, you will feel decidedly unlucky if you try ladybug removal or ladybug control on your own. DIY ladybug sprays are not the answer–ladybug infestations call for the expertise of trained professionals.

Ladybugs and Asian Lady Beetles–Is There a Difference?

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Asian-Lady-Beetle

Did you know that what we commonly refer to as a ladybug may in fact be an Asian lady beetle? The two are often confused with one another. While similar in appearance, there are some differences that are easy to identify. The shell of a ladybug is red, and features black dots; the shell of an Asian lady beetle will be a yellowish orange color,

and may or may not have black dots. In addition, the Asian lady beetle has markings on the portion of the shell that covers its head, and these markings give the appearance of the letter “W”. Body size is another telltale difference. Ladybugs are larger than Asian lady beetles (8 to 10 mm for a ladybug vs. 7 mm for an Asian lady beetle), although this

distinction is unlikely to be perceived by the naked eye. Consequently, the best way to identify which insect you are seeing is by the shell color and markings that are present.

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Lady-Bug

Unlike ladybugs, Asian lady beetles infest homes and buildings. This means that the ladybug problem you thought you had in your home is actually an Asian lady beetle infestation!

While other insects aggressively invade homes and buildings in search of food, Asian lady beetles tend to gradually infest structures when the weather starts turning colder. Asian lady beetles hibernate and require a protective, warm environment to dwell for chilly autumns and cold winters. Early detection will prove important in deterring a full blown infestation.

Four Helpful Tips to Halt your Asian Lady Beetle Problem

  1. Observe the Exterior of the Structure
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Ladybugs-on-Front-Porch

As the chill of autumn arrives, Asian lady beetles will swarm on the outside of homes      and buildings. They prefer areas of a structure which receive natural sunlight. Light colored structures are more attractive to this insect than are darker colored buildings; however, no structure is immune to infestation.

  1. Look for Beetles Inside of the Structure

Often homeowners will notice the presence of Asian lady beetles shortly after they enter the structure. The beetles enter through small spaces in window frames, and congregate in full sight before hiding away in attics, crawl spaces, ceilings, or wall voids for hibernation. If Asian lady beetles gather in plain view, consider it a warning sign of an impending infestation that will involve other areas, as well.

  1. Consider the Time of the Year
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Ladybugs-by-Chimney

Asian lady beetles typically swarm two times of year–when the weather starts to grow cold and when the weather begins to warm. In autumn, they swarm to hibernate, and in spring they swarm again to exit their structure of hibernation to search for food.

  1. Have a Free Inspection Performed

Just as with other types of pests, seeing a few Asian lady beetles inside your home or building can signify that an infestation is underway. Because the majority of the insect colony will be hidden away where you cannot easily access it, having a free inspection performed by the trained extermination experts from Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is the best way to determine if you indeed have an infestation.

The Exterminator Experts from Holper’s

For homeowners and business owners, knowing the difference between a seasonal occurrence of a few Asian lady beetles in the home and a full-blown Asian lady beetle infestation can be challenging because the majority of the infestation is likely to be hidden away. If you see Asian lady beetles, call Holper’s expert exterminators at 314-732-1413 to schedule your FREE, careful inspection for this pest today. Holper’s has been helping St. Louis take care of infestation removal and control for over 30 years. Let Holper’s give you back your home.

Home Flea Control–Why You Need a Flea Exterminator

It boggles the mind to think that it ever occurred to someone to create a flea circus. Who would want to willingly spend time with those awful little bugs? The natural inclination at the first sign of fleas is to look into home flea control, and the best bet will always be the help of a professional flea exterminator.

Fleas 101

A flea is an insect that requires a blood meal to live. Fleas feed on both four-legged animals and humans. Fleas are incredibly tiny, at only 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch long. Fleas are usually introduced into a home by a family pet that has picked them up in the yard and brought the hitchhikers inside your home. Home flea control becomes necessary quite quickly as female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day, which fall off the host and onto whatever areas of your home that your pet visits. The fleas you see in your home are the adults, and they comprise only 5% of the total flea population in your home–the other 95% is comprised of eggs, larvae, and pupae, all just waiting to reach maturity and join the other blood-sucking adults. The key to home flea control is breaking the lifecycle of the flea by utilizing a flea exterminator.

Fleas vs. Bed Bugs

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Flea

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Quite often when homeowners start noticing small, itchy bites on their bodies, they aren’t sure whether they have bed bugs or fleas. (And some poor souls wind up with both!) Bed bug bites tend to be linear and in groups of three or four, while flea bites generally first show up as small clusters of dots in the ankle and lower leg areas, as fleas can jump seven inches vertically.  Bed bug bites will look more red, hard, and swollen (similar to a mosquito bite).  Fleas will bite all the time while they are around, whereas bed bugs will bite only periodically since a blood meal will sustain them for a few weeks. Either pest requires professional attention right away to get the outbreak under control as quickly as possible.

Prevention is Easier Than Extermination

As fleas can take over your home in a month to six weeks, prevention of an infestation will always be more desirable than treatment to eradicate. If you own a pet that spends any time out of doors, it is imperative that you work with your veterinarian to have your pet on proper flea control measures. While this will take care of most of the risk to your home, it is also wise to have a professional treat both your yard and your home, to greatly reduce the chance of fleas taking a stronghold of your house. The best time to do this preventative yard and home treatment is the months of June and July, as that time is the height of the flea population out-of-doors. Even if those two months are in the past, the preventative treatment can still be applied with good results through early autumn.

Home Flea Control with a Professional Flea Exterminator

Fleas life cycleIf your window of prevention has passed, and you unhappily find your home infested with fleas, the only truly effective way to rid your home of them is through the knowledge and professional grade materials of a flea exterminator. DIYers might think that setting off flea bombs will get the same result, but this is not true–it will only get you about three days of relief. This is due to the fact that your home is infested with four stages of fleas, and these stages require different types of pesticide. The professionals of Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions utilize both an adulticide and an insect growth regulator, to completely rid your home of all four flea life stages. The pupae will continue to hatch for up to 14 days, so daily vacuuming by the homeowner is critical to the success of a treatment program. Luckily for you, Holper’s has been expertly treating flea infestations in St. Louis area homes for over 30 years. Our thoroughly trained technicians are expert flea exterminators and specialize in home flea control. You’ll be glad you called Holper’s at 314-732-1413 to get your preventative treatment or extermination treatment under way.

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Reasons To Call Exterminators for Spiders

Many homeowners assume that spiders are just “one of those things” when it comes to homeownership: If you have a home, you’re going to have them. Some think that a DIY method, with cans of spray from their local home and garden store will take care of spiders just fine. But having spiders in your home is not something you need to put up with at all. Nor do you have to deal with the frustration when you realize that your money spent on cans of store-strength bug spray didn’t take care of the problem in a significant way. Exterminators provide a very important service to homeowners, and there are important reasons to call exterminators at the first sign of spiders, or any kind of pest infestation.

Why You Have Spiders

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Brown Recluse

Spiders enter homes in search of food and shelter. Other insects in your home are a food source that will encourage spiders to take a stronghold of your property. Clutter and boxes, especially in dark areas of basements, are particularly attractive to spiders as a place to dwell and reproduce. Although the peak months for spider populations are July, August, and September, spiders are a year-round issue, as they tend to move indoors when the weather gets cooler. Although primarily a nuisance issue, many people have a fear of spiders and don’t want to see a single one. A brown recluse spider is the one that changes your infestation from an annoyance to a danger, as the bite of a brown recluse contains a protein that some people are highly allergic to. A brown recluse bite can cause fever and chills, rash, nausea and vomiting, joint pain, tissue necrosis, and in rare cases, death.

Reasons to Call Exterminators for Spiders

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Wolf Spider

Several of the reasons to call exterminators are:

  • Materials available to professionals are far superior to products sold commercially.
  • Exterminators can identify the different species of spiders living in your home.
  • Professionals know where to treat, and have the training to use a combination of approaches to successfully eradicate your spider problem.
  • Your time and money are valuable, and an exterminator is the most efficient use of both.
  • An ongoing pest control program, administered by trained professionals, is the only way to keep your home pest free.

Why Holper’s Technicians Are Expert Exterminators in St. Louis

For over three decades, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has provided superior service to our customers, many of whom we have cared for since we opened back in 1985. Our Quality Pro®

Certified technicians, who receive ongoing training, are always up to date on the latest developments in materials, equipment, and techniques for exterminators, as being low-impact to the environment is always our goal. We know you have options in exterminators, and we at Holper’s are confident that choosing us as your exterminators will be a choice you are glad you made. Call today at 314-732-1413 to take the first step in allowing Holper’s to give you back your home. The peace of mind you will receive is priceless.

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Wildlife Control to Minimize Animal Damage

Nuisance wildlife is plentiful in the Midwest, and we at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions are experts in the greater St. Louis area on small animal control. Whether your goal is preventative wildlife control, trapping of a current nuisance animal, or whether you have animal damage that needs attention, we have answers to your questions about wild animal control.

The Usual Suspects

The Midwest is home to many species of nuisance wildlife. These animals vary in size, habitat, and types of damage done to yards and homes. The one thing they have in common is that their presence needs to be addressed at the first sight of one to avoid serious destruction to your lawn and house. Holper’s specializes in wildlife control for all of the following: mice, voles, chipmunks, bats, rats, moles, squirrels, skunks, groundhogs (woodchucks), minks, opossums, raccoons, beavers, and coyotes. Regardless of the type of wildlife control measures you require, we at Holper’s have the solutions well in hand.

Animal Damage and the Culprits Behind It

There are different signs of animal presence and damage evidence to look for in your yard and around your home to determine what type of wildlife has taken up residence on your property.

  • Rats and mice–Look for droppings (often in or near corners) and chew marks around baseboards. Their damage is twofold: their droppings create a biohazard in your home, and their chewing damages wood, wiring, and belongings. In your yard, rats will dig holes that are recognizable in that they are two inches in diameter and the pile of displaced dirt will be beside the hole.
  • Voles and chipmunks–Both of these small rodents dig holes that are one inch in diameter. They eat the roots of plants, along with your planted bulbs, which wreaks havoc on your landscaping. Chipmunks will also burrow underneath concrete slabs, which compromises the stability of the slab.

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    Bat Guano in Attic

  • Bats–Although bats will sometimes make their presence known by scratching in the walls and emitting a high-pitched sound, most often the first sign of a bat infestation is the frightening experience of seeing one in your home. Once they gain access to your home through a damaged board or louver vent, the risk to you becomes the biohazard of their droppings (guano) and the danger of a potentially rabid bite.
  • Moles–Look for a raised-surface tunnel system crossing your lawn. When digging these tunnels, moles can damage the roots of your grass, causing brown areas in your yard. The greatest obvious damage is the unsightly appearance these tunnels give your lawn, which for many homeowners is a significant investment as part of their landscaping.
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    Roof Damage from Squirrels

    Squirrels–If you hear scampering in your attic, or scratching in the ceiling or walls between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you quite likely have squirrels in your home. Squirrels create damage to your home when they chew their way in at the gutterline or through a louvered vent. Once inside they can potentially chew wiring and compress your insulation.

  • Skunks–In addition to the obvious, distinctive smell of a skunk that has recently sprayed, the best way to determine if you have a skunk is to look for a hole going under your porch. Skunk holes range from a four inch diameter round hole to a three-by-five oval hole. While the damage they can do is very minimal, their presence is not desired due to the risk of startling a skunk and being sprayed by it.
  • Groundhogs (Woodchucks)–Look for a large, eight-to-ten inch diameter round hole leading under a slab
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    Raccoon Damage

    of concrete or a shed. The damage to your property by this animal is the compromising of the integrity of the slab or shed flooring.

  • Minks–If you own a koi pond, and your koi have recently vanished, you might have a mink on your property. This damage to your costly investment is something you will want to address quickly, or restocking your pond will lead to the same event again.
  • Opossums–Opossums often use dens created by other animals, so you will not generally know you have one unless you see it or trap it. The potential damage is if one crawls under your porch and dies, creating both a stench and possible flea infestation.
  • Raccoons–Raccoons often enter homes by ripping apart a louver vent and sliding into your attic. They may
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    Vent Destroyed by Raccoon

    also chew their way in at the gutterline or by chewing their way in where the dormer meets the house. Raccoons will sometimes use your chimney as a way to get inside. Lastly, raccoons can take down a piece of the aluminum soffit and create an entry point. Besides the damage created to access your home, damage will be done to your attic when a bathroom area is established for the raccoon(s). This area is a biohazard and also compresses your insulation.

  • Beavers–Look for chew marks on your trees from 12-to-18 inches off the ground, as beavers stand on their rear legs when chewing. If you don’t spend much time in your yard where you might see the results of the first gnawing, your first sign of the beaver’s destruction might be completely felled trees!
  • Coyotes–The presence of a coyote is usually detected with a sighting, or with the disappearance of a small animal from a yard, even a fenced one. While they do not do damage to your yard or home, when they are hunting nocturnally, coyotes can do damage to your family by taking a beloved pet as their prey.

The Wildlife Control Experts

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