Summer Pest Control STL

Summer Pest Tips

Summer Pest Control & Pest Prevention Tips

Throughout the summer months, many pests such as ants, flies, gnats, roaches, wasps and even rodents are much more active. You may be wondering what you can do to prevent these pesky pests from getting inside your home?
Here are some things you can do to prevent common summertime pests:

  • Year-Round Pest Control Maintenance
    • From sickness to disease to damage and disgust, pests can be disastrous for many reasons.
    • Even if you don’t have a pest problem now, pest prevention is always cheaper and easier than pest reaction. We highly recommend signing up for a year-round maintenance plan that fits your needs.
  • Keep your Yard & Garden Areas Maintained
    • Cut the grass on a regular basis, remove weeds and trim bushes. This will reduce the opportunities for pests to nest and multiply.
      • Drain any areas of standing water. This may be in a bird bath, a child’s wading pool or just an area of your lawn prone to flooding. Standing water serves as an incubator for many species of pest, so simply removing the water will lead to a reduction in the number of pests in your vicinity.
      • Divert rainwater away from the house
      • Don’t let your sprinklers spray directly toward the foundation of your home
      • Throw away overripe fruits and vegetables in your garden
      • Keep all garbage covered or in a container to discourage the growth of flies and other pests. This is especially crucial during summer months when the warm weather spurs many pests to greater action.
      • Store your Firewood away from your house. Five feet is a minimum distance. Termites love firewood, so you are essentially giving them a spot to collect themselves before assaulting your home! Keep the firewood on racks of some kind, too: don’t let it rest on the ground.
  • Pest Control Inside your Home
    • Keeping your house clean will also go a long way to preventing a pest invasion.
      • Seal your Doors & Windows! It doesn’t matter which of the common summertime insects you’re talking about: regardless of whether its mosquitoes, wasps or even spiders, keeping your doors and windows sealed is an effective ways to keep them out. Check for gaps in your doors and holes in your window screens and repair them as needed.
      • Seal all food items such as sugar or flour that may attract pests in airtight containers.
      • Sweep, vacuum and clean on a regular basis to prevent crumbs and/or sticky spills as these things are highly appealing to pest.
      • Don’t leave pet food dishes out for long periods of time
      • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
      • The most important don’t is…don’t try to remove a pest infestation on your own. It may be dangerous and inefficient to try to deal with it on your own.

      This list of summer pest control tips should help eliminate pest activity in and around your home during the hot, summer months. If you do suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions today. We have been servicing the Greater St. Louis and surrounding areas for over three decades, specializing in pest control and wildlife control.
      Contact us for a free evaluation for any of your pest control needs. Call us at 314 544-7378. We will give you peace of mind and your home back!

      Holper’s is currently offering a special price of $39.95 for your First Mosquito Treatment in June (up to a 1/4 acre) when you sign up for our Mosquito Treatment Package for 2019!

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What to do with Standing Water, Gnats, Mosquitoes and Pests!

With the severe weather, flooding and all the standing water in and around the Greater St. Louis Area, homes and yards have been getting bombarded by swarming pest and other unwanted animals in and around the house.

The main thing to remember is that insects and small animals need shelter just like the rest of us. When it floods and their habitats are destroyed, they will naturally seek out shelter to protect themselves from the elements. Unfortunately, the shelter they will try to find could be your home.

I’m reissuing a couple of Blogs you might have received last year addressing the same pest issues we here in the St. Louis area always face this time of year with the rain and raising waters. This year with the continuous flooding, I believe these blogs are more useful than ever.

Holper’s is currently offering a special price of $39.95 for your First Mosquito Treatment in June (up to a 1/4 acre) when you sign up for our Mosquito Treatment Package for 2019!

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Holper’s is a family owned business that’s been servicing St. Louis and its surrounding areas for over 30 years. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the finest service, by using our knowledge and expertise to solve pest problems from the initial contact through the entire service.

Holper’s utilizes the newest ideas and technologies to promote innovative and environmentally sensitive approaches to pest management.  Protecting the health and property of our customers is importance to us. Our goal is to build long-term relationships with all our valued customers by preventing pests from overtaking their homes and businesses.

 

Pest Control & Wildlife Technician

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is looking for an EXPERIENCED full-time Pest Control and Wildlife Technician for immediate hire.
We are seeking an energetic, self-motivated, customer oriented individual who enjoys working independently and loves being outdoors. Daily work will include the servicing of residential and commercial accounts. We will train the right individuals who are looking for a career opportunity with excellent growth potential!

 

Preferred Skills:

• Be clean cut and friendly
• Be able to pass background checks, ongoing drug screening, and have a clean driving record
• Have excellent sales skills
• Be able to demonstrate ability to place & climb 32’ ladders and walk on various pitched roofs
• Have strong communication and time management skills
• Be customer service focused
• Be able to lift and move ladders, as well as get into small spaces, such as attics or crawl spaces
• Be able to use apps and cameras on smart phones and tablets
• Have problem solving skills
• Possess a Missouri Class E Drivers License
• Be able to work some Saturdays on a rotating basis

Benefits:

You can average $30,000 – $40,000 annually plus commission and more once you have grown with the company. We provide a company vehicle and cell phone.
We offer medical insurance (health, dental, and vision), paid holidays, vacation (PTO), Simple IRA, long-term disability, and life insurance.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin disability or protected veteran status.

Job Type: Full-time

If you are interested in this position, please email us your resume.

 

 

 

 

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Do I have Squirrels in My House?

Is scratching in your walls and attic driving you nuts?  Are squirrels running on your roof or on the power lines leading to your house? Do you see them disappearing above your gutters?  Does it sound like something is knocking on your ceiling?  You, my friend, likely have yourself a good old-fashioned squirrel problem.

What Are the Signs of Squirrels in My House?

If you hear scampering in your attic, knocking noises above your head, or scratching in the ceiling and walls between 5:00am-7:00am or between 4:00pm-6:00pm, you quite possibly have squirrels in your home.  If it is a pregnant squirrel that has chosen your home to birth her young, she will then look at it as her home.  It won’t be long until you have a family of squirrels enjoying the benefits and bounty of your home as protection from the elements.  The longer they remain the more potential danger to your biggest investment-your home.

Squirrels 101

Gray squirrels are the primary squirrel species found in the Greater St. Louis region.  The average gray squirrel is 20 inches in length, but half of that is made up of the iconic wide, bushy tail.  Most adult females first breed in December or January, with a small percentage of older females breeding again in June of each year. Each litter consists of 3-5 young, who spend the first three months in the nest before heading out to discover the world.

What’s so bad about a Squirrel?

In a word: Damage.  While many wildlife visitors to your property are merely a nuisance, a squirrel can pose a significant threat to property, health and welfare.  Squirrels are avid chewers and the bark on your trees and shrubs are of particular interest to them.  During the fall and winter, squirrels will often enter homes and businesses for shelter, while in the spring they enter to bear and raise their young.  Many structure fires of unknown origin are believed to be caused by pests, such as squirrels, gnawing into electrical wires.  These zealous chewers have also been known to destroy wiring in cars.

Disease is also a concern where squirrels are concerned.  They are known carriers of and capable of transmitting, the following diseases; leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, encephalitis, typhus and in very rare cases, rabies.  Lyme disease is also spread by the ticks that squirrels carry.

The First Steps to Control Squirrels

Scratching in the walls and attic, and/or knocking noises above your head, can also be the calling cards of mice, raccoons, birds or opossums.  An inspection by Holper’s is the only way to determine which pest has invaded your home. After consulting with you to pinpoint where the noises have been heard, your Holper’s technician will inspect the gutter line and the roof, looking for entry points and damage.  If no obvious entry points are found, the attic will also be investigated to help ID your pest(s).

Reclaiming You Home or Business

Once our Holper’s technician confirms that you do have squirrels, they can begin to formulate a customized treatment plan addressing not only the infestation, but also the damage.  Variables that will be evaluated are the construction of your home, the location/height of the entry points, and the types of entry (e.g. gable vents, mushroom vents, gutter line, dormers, etc.).  Consideration of these will determine the type of trap(s) used. While the trapping phase is progressing, Holper’s will monitor activity at the entry points.  Monitoring is done to ensure that no animals remain in the structure.  Since every infestation is different, the length of time for the completion of trapping will vary by population density; however, most Holper clients find this phase to be over within 30 day or less.

Continued Pest Management with Holper’s

Prevention of additional infestations is always the goal that Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has for our clients. Once it has been confirmed that no activity has occurred at the monitoring site(s) for at least seven days, Holper’s starts the final step; repairing the damage done by the squirrels.  The goal of a Holper’s repair is to blend in so seamlessly with the surrounding area that it cannot be detected.  To keep squirrels from entering through a chimney, Holper’s recommends and installs approved chimney screens and rain caps. It is also wise to keep trees trimmed back 8 to 12 feet from the structure to aid in reducing access to the roof.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can help keep your home or business free of squirrels and all other pests!  Call us today at 314 544-7378!

 

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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 Pest Association, to which we belong, estimates that termites cost American homeowners $5 billion in damage each year!

There are approximately 2,500 species of termites worldwide.  Only about 45 species are found in the US, and most of these are located in southern states.  Four species of termites are reported to occur naturally in Missouri.  All of these species are closely related and belong to the genus Reticulitermes.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been a St. Louis pest control expert for over 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.

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 or inside 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 314 544-7378 – Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, your St. Louis termite control expert and let us partner with you in your battle against termites!

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What’s all the buzz about Carpenter Bees?

Are carpenter bees dangerous?  Although the male cannot sting, he can cause concern because of his buzzing around in an aggressive nature.  This behavior is usually what causes people to ask us if carpenter bees are dangerous.

Carpenter Bees in Missouri

The name Carpenter Bee applies to several species of bees in the US that excavate tunnels in sound wood.  The only species of economic importance found in Missouri is Xylocopa virginica.  They are similar in size and appearance to bumble bees, but the top surface of the abdomen being black, almost entirely hairless and shiny.

Males have a white face, whereas the female’s face is black. Remember that face, because the female is the only one that can sting you!

Where do you find Carpenter Bees?

Carpenter bees are often seen hovering near decks, eaves and gables of homes.  The male carpenter bees patrol these areas and will fly near people.  They defend territories and may be aggressive, but they are unable to sting, so their aggression is just a show.  Female carpenter bees do not actively defend nesting sites and are usually not aggressive, but remember… females can sting if they are aggravated.

Carpenter bees are normally considered to be beneficial insects, because they pollinate a wide variety of plant species.  However, when making tunnels in your homes’ deck, eaves and other wooden structures, they are considered a pest.

Although carpenter bees attack many species of dried, seasoned wood, they seem to prefer softwoods such as pine, fir, redwood and cedar.  You may see holes appear in your porch and shed ceiling, railings, overhead trim wooden porch furniture, dead tree limbs, fence posts, wooden shingles and siding, windowsills and wooden doors. Unsightly defecation stains may be present near the openings to carpenter bees tunnels.  Preferred nesting sites are usually at least 2 inches thick.

If you suspect carpenter bees are repurposing your home as a hive, having the problem addressed quickly is crucial for preventing structural and aesthetic damage.

Call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions today at (314) 544-7378 to schedule a free inspection. If bees are present, we’ll perform carpenter bee removal quickly and comprehensively.

 

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Wasps Facts: Habitats and Habits

There are about 2,500 species of wasps known to inhabit North America; only about 50 can sting at all.  Only female Wasps and Bees can sting.  Unlike bees, female wasps have the ability to sting a target multiple times because their stinger does not fall off after use. What we call a stinger is actually a modified ovipositor, the hollow tube through which female insects deposit eggs.  Most wasps use it for that purpose alone.  Some species employ the tube to bore holes in the tree bark or other vegetable matter in which to lay eggs. Only a handful of wasps are also capable of injecting venom through their ovipositors, and thus a painful sting. Most Wasps are mild-mannered loners, solitary wasps that keep their distance from man and use their venom only to stun spiders, caterpillars or other insects with which to provision their nests. Except when mating, they live their lives alone.

When the queen emerges from hibernation in the spring, she dines on flower nectar to restore her strength, then selects a nesting site and begins to build a nest dissected into cells. The queen lays an egg in each cell.  A week to three weeks later, they emerge as adults.  The first brood and most of the subsequent broods are sterile females, workers who take over nest building and all other duties except egg lying, that’s the queens’ job.  In her single-season lifetime, a queen hornet or yellow jacket may lay as many as 25,000 eggs.

To avoid contact with Wasps

May we suggest that you never work in the yard or garden wearing yellow or white, since these colors attract insects. Many insects cannot see red, making it a good color to wear when working in the yard. You should also minimize wearing perfumes, colognes, hair sprays, and other fragrances, and by all means, never walk barefoot.

Avoid sugar and meat snacks, especially in open containers, and keep garbage cans well sealed and as clean as possible. Companion animals should be fed indoors or on screened porches. If you have playground equipment, make sure you plug the ends of the pipes to prevent wasps from settling in them.

Creating a Game Plan for Successful Treatment

Holper’s has specialized in stinging insect treatments for over 34 years.  Determining the course of treatment is determined by two factors; the type of stinging insect and the location where the nest is found.  Because of these variables, nests need to be treated and removed by trained technicians using the proper safety equipment and professional-grade materials.  Nests in the ground are particularly problematic, so a call right away to Holper’s is your safest bet – they know how to get rid of the Wasps or Bees in the ground.

Stinging Insect Control

There’s a good reason so many people in the Greater St. Louis area trust Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions as their exterminators for their stinging insect control – It’s the first type of pest that Holper’s conquered over three decades ago.  If you want to effectively implement stinging insect control, do your family and home a favor and call Holper’s today at 314 544-7378.

 

Ant Control

The Ants are coming…Oh dear they’re here!

It’s that time of the year when you see ants marching in a row around your house on the ground or worst…Marching in a row on your house and it seems like they know exactly where to go! Like, inside the walls of your home looking for food sources. If you’re like me, that’s a really creepy thought!
Ants invade homes through small openings from the outside. These openings include cracks and crevices in the foundation, small openings under siding, gaps under doors or around windows, ventilation openings, laundry vents, plumbing penetrations, electrical wiring outlets, etc. Once inside, ants follow structural edges or guidelines where walls meet floors, windows, contact walls, between baseboards and floors, between shelving and walls or along water pipes and electrical wiring.
When they discover a food source, worker ants form trails. Following this trail can provide clues about what the ants are feeding on, where the colony is located and how they are getting into the home.

Ant Management & Control


The first step is to focus on minimizing the likelihood that ants can get into your home or on reducing the available resources they can find once inside. Some common recommendations include:
• Repair and caulk cracks and crevices where ants enter the home. Pay special attention to areas around doors, windows, siding, foundation, vents, pipes, etc.
• Eliminate outdoor nesting areas around the home such as piles of debris, rocks, boards, leaves, tall grass, etc.
• Place ant-attractive foods in glass or plastic jars that are sealed tightly or store them in the refrigerator.
• Clean all kitchen surfaces and sweep or vacuum the floor thoroughly each day to remove all food scraps.
• Rinse dinner dishes and wash dishes daily to reduce the availability of food.
• Rinse used glass, metal and plastic food containers before throwing them into the garbage can or recycling bin.
• Take out the garbage regularly and keep outdoor trash cans clean and in good repair.
You can remove trailing ants that are already inside by wiping the ant trail with a sponge saturated with soapy water. This is only temporary, though, and the ants will reestablish trails soon. Further work is necessary to reduce ant activity indoors.
Whether it’s pavement ants, carpenter ants, or any other kind of ant, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions experienced technicians have the know-how necessary to identify and control your ant problem. Our system will rid your home of ants as well as other pests and ensure that they will not return in the near future by also treating the outside perimeter of your home. Schedule your FREE in-home inspection.

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It’s “Tick Talk” time!

Now that the winter thaw is over and the Crocus’ and Daffodils are in bloom,  it’s time to start preparing for the warm weather pest to arrive.

Holper’s is offering a service called “Tick Management “. This is not a broadcast spray of the entire yard; instead we focus on areas where ticks are most commonly encountered, known as ecotones.  Ecotones, or transitional areas between woods and field, or brushy areas and lawns, are the most likely place for ticks to thrive.  Close-cropped grass in the middle of the yard doesn’t support tick populations the way more natural areas do. The reason for tick activity in these areas is two-fold:

  1. The hosts for the most common ticks are more likely to be found in natural areas, and the edges are great places for questing ticks to latch onto a passing animal.
  2. Sunny, open lawns don’t provide the humidity most ticks need to develop and thrive the way shady edges do.  Therefore, the entire yard typically doesn’t need a treatment; just treat the tick zones.

Ticks have become an increasing problem to people and animals in the United States. Ticks feed on a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and even amphibians. Ticks can be a nuisance; their bites can cause irritation and, in the case of some ticks, paralysis.  They can also transmit many human and animal disease pathogens, which include viruses, bacteria, rickettsiae, and protozoa.

Holper’s Pest and Animal Solutions is offering a “Tick Treatment Package”.  This package runs April through October to treat the Tick Zone areas.  This service is designed to reduce the number of questing ticks on your property.    

When you purchase this package before April 18th, you will receive your October treatment FREE!  Packages start at $79 for ¼ acre.  Call us at 314 544-7378 to schedule this service and start enjoying your yard this spring and summer!

Spring Pest Tips

Spring Pest Tips

Spring Pest Control & Pest Prevention Tips

Days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and those springtime pests are on the move.  As we begin preparing for the spring season and nature is bursting back to life, it’s time to start thinking about pest control.   Common pests that return with new vigor in the spring includes bees, ants, spiders, mosquitos, flies, silverfish, cockroaches, rodents and more.

Here are some things you can do to prevent common springtime pests:

  • Year-Round Pest Control Maintenance
    • From sickness to disease to damage and disgust, pests can be disastrous for many reasons.
    • Even if you don’t have a pest problem now, pest prevention is always cheaper and easier than pest reaction. We highly recommend signing up for a year-round maintenance plan that fits your needs.
  • Store and Dispose of Food/Waste Properly
    • Animals need food, water and shelter to survive. Gardens, garbage, standing water and pet food can all attract pests
      • Follow proper cleaning and food storage processes
      • Keep trash bins tightly covered with tight-fitting, spring-loaded lids and be sure to empty them frequently
      • Store pet food in a sealed container indoors
      • Add fencing around your garden & build raised beds with a cover
    • Regular inspections and reports from Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will provide the information necessary for specific strategies.
  • Control Moisture
    • Even a small pool of water or leaking pipes can provide enough water to attract springtime pests. High humidity aids egg production with pests.
      • Repair plumbing leaks as soon as possible
      • Get rid of standing water, such as tires, bird baths and pool covers
      • Trim tall grasses
      • Keep gutters and downspouts clean and clear
      • Remove any wet or decaying woods, such as rotted stumps
      • Keep your home well-ventilated and dry, especially basements, attics and crawl spaces

 

  • Inspect the Perimeter and Seal Entryways
    • Openings in your home provide the perfect entrance for unwanted guests. Inspect your property for potential entrance points for pests. Pay close attention to areas where utilities enter (plumbing, electrical, HVAC)
      • Seal any gaps and cracks around the building
      • Repair any broken screens and windows
      • Replace any aging or worn weather-stripping
      • Trim back trees and shrubs that are touching your structure, hanging over your roof or near your roofline
      • Keep pallets stored off the ground
      • Never leave any exterior facing doors open
    • Use weatherproof caulk for any gaps and cracks smaller than ½ inch. For any gaps and holes larger than that, use expandable foam sealant
    • If you notice any pest or signs of a pest presence, such as mud tubes and rotted wood, contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions right away!
  • Clean, Clean, Clean
    • Its spring – time for some cleaning. In addition to immediately cleaning up any food spills and making sure food items are properly stored, take some time to do full spring inspection and cleaning.
      • Immediately clean up any food preparation
      • Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink (at least rinse or soak them)
      • Never store food on the floor
      • Repair cracks, holes, broken screens and other methods of entry
      • Make sure trash is regularly and properly disposed of
      • Store food products in sealed containers at proper temperature
      • Make sure there is a routine cleaning policy (sweeping, mopping, drain cleaning, waste removal, etc.)
      • Conduct a deep cleaning and decluttering at least twice a year
    • Snakes, bugs and insects love to hide in trash and debris. Take some time to clear away all the clutter from your property, such as brush piles and excess leaves.  Don’t neglect the areas under porches, decks and stairs.
  • Contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions as soon as you notice a pest
    • Pests rarely travel alone. Where there’s one, there’s many.  Even if you see just one of these pests this spring, contact Holper’s to take care of it before it turns into a full-blown infestation.
    • Remember, the best way to maintain a pest-free environment for your home or business is by partnering with a pest professional. Call us at 314 544-7378 (pest). We will give you peace of mind & your home back!