It’s May in St. Louis! The weather is getting warmer, the Cardinals’ season is underway, and students across the city are counting down the days until summer break. Spring can be a beautiful time in St. Louis before the heat of summer takes over, but if you’re not careful bees, termites, ants, spiders, moles, and voles can steal your peace of mind and ruin one of the best seasons we have. Check out our May St. Louis pest control guide to learn more about the likely candidates that are coming out for the warm weather.

Carpenter Bees

St. Louis carpenter bees are a major pest because they are both annoying and destructive. The carpenter bees that survive the St. Louis winter come out this time of year to mate and then begin nesting. Carpenter bees nest in soft wood such as cedar where they lay eggs. You’ll likely see them around decks, garages, and anywhere else your home has soft wood that they can drill in to. The damage carpenter bees cause to St. Louis homes is significant – but they are also just as annoying.

Male carpenter bees hover around a female’s nest during mating season and then grow protective of that nest. They will dart at and attack you if you get too close. If you’re out working or playing in the yard and notice a bee darting at your head, you’ve stumbled upon a male carpenter bee making his claim on a female’s nest by trying to ward you off. You should address the issue immediately because wood damage to your home is likely to follow if it hasn’t occurred already.

Termites

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. Termite swarms are active in St. Louis this time of year as they gather for reproduction and new colony formation. Look for mud tubes on exterior walls, hollow wood, frass or sawdust, and discarded wings.

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 as the spring rains pour down.

Ants

Carpenter bees and termites aren’t the only pests tunneling into wood and damaging your St. Louis home. Carpenter ants are just as active during the spring as lively nests go in search of food and moisture. If you see ants, don’t just use an over-the-counter ant treatment of your own. Most of the time such treatments only move the problem and make it harder to fix later on. Instead, save yourself the time and money and talk to your local pest control expert.

Spiders

Spiders are common in St. Louis and as the weather warms up you’ll see the ugly pests spinning their webs anywhere they can in an attempt to capture their prey. It’s feeding time that brings the spiders into sight as they look to feed on new hatches and swarms of other pests around your home and property.

Not all St. Louis spiders are a problem, but the Brown Recluse is. The Brown Recluse likes to be left alone and commonly hides in boxes, garages, dresser drawers, and other dark and generally undisturbed habitats. These spiders are poisonous and known to bite so even if you are uncertain about what kind of St. Louis spider you’re working with, it wouldn’t hurt to at least call and ask a Holper’s Pest Control expert.

Moles

Moles are infamous lawn terrorists in St. Louis. The St. Louis spring rain brings out the earthworms, and the earthworms bring moles to the surface as they search for the next meal. If not treated, moles can cause an immense amount of stress and damage to your lawn. To learn more about moles, check out the National Molehunter’s Association, which was founded by Jeff Holper. Be sure to check out Molehunter University and discover how you can go from victim to victor over your mole problem!

Our Advice

There is a lot to think about during spring in St. Louis. These pests can be both annoying and destructive if left untreated. Although a small ant invasion or bee sighting might seem trivial at first, do keep in mind that it is within their natural behavior to cause significant damage to wood structures. Even if you have not detected any damage to your home yet, the presence of ants, bees, spiders, moles, and termites alone dramatically increases that there might be something going on behind the scenes that you’re not aware of.

If you do have a pest problem, we strongly recommend treating the problem appropriately. Despite the promise of keen advertisers, many of your over-the-counter pest control treatments will only move or manage the problem. They won’t make it go away. If you’re going to treat the problem yourself, do your homework first. Find out why the pest is around your home, what it is looking for, and where the source of the problem is most likely to occur. With that knowledge you will be better prepared to eliminate the problem, avoid damage to your home, and prevent future issues.

What’s even better than playing exterminator yourself? Having Holper’s do it for you! We specialize in non-intrusive and effective pest control treatments that will ultimately result in your own peace of mind. We’ll work our magic eliminating the problem and make sure it stays that way so you can focus on other things – like Cardinals baseball, getting the swimming pool ready, and manicuring a beautiful lawn.

If you’ve got a pest problem this May, give us a call and see what the St. Louis pest control experts at Holper’s can do to take care of your problem and restore your peace of mind!