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Holper’s Holiday Lights

Still Wanting to Hang Those Holiday Lights?

Not finding the time to do so? It’s not too late to have Holper’s
Holiday Lights help! With over 18 years of experience, you know
it will be done right, but most of all…It will be done!
But hurry, installation times are filling up fast!
Holiday-Light-InstallationChristmas lights are one of the great joys of the holiday season.
For over 18 years Holper’s Holiday Lights has been professionally
installing residential and commercial lighting in the Bi-State Area.
The Benefits of Holper’s Holiday Lights
Holper’s has you covered every step of the way in the holiday
lighting process. We do it all–design, installation, maintenance,
takedown, and storage. This ensures your lighting investment is
ready to be re-installed the following season.
To schedule an appointment for a free estimate for our holiday
lighting services, call us today at 314-629-LITE (5483).
With Holper’s as your trusted Christmas lighting installer, you can
spend more time enjoying the holidays with friends and family!

Holpers Holiday Lights Coupon

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What lurks beneath your house in The Crawlspace?

Many homeowners forget about what’s beneath their house when it’s not a basement. You don’t go in it or see it, so it’s forgotten about.

Why should homeowners care about their crawlspaces? Why should you think about inclosing your crawlspace?

In addition to the structural and air quality threats, many states require homes to have a clean bill of health for real estate transfers and that inspection can include crawlspaces.

An unfinished crawlspace, especially where summer humidity levels are high, can lead to large-scale problems with serious impacts including:

  • Uncomfortable humidity levels inside homes
  • Mold growth and odor issues
  • Condensation build-up on insulation, ductwork, piping, etc.
  • Buckled hardwood floors
  • Rotting framing
  • Structural degradation and failure
  • Creating conditions conducive to pest infestations, especially termites

What are the positive impacts of an enclosed crawlspace for homeowners?

  •  Lower Pest Pressure – Taking away moisture and humidity – two things a variety of pests thrive on – will reduce conditions that promote pest activity.
  • Energy Savings – An enclosed crawlspace can save homeowners significant dollars on the heating and cooling bills – as much as 18% on average. An enclosed crawlspace is an energy saver.
  • Guards Structural Integrity – An enclosed crawlspace eliminates conditions that promote mold, mildew, wood rot and condensation, that could damage structures.
  • Improve Energy Efficiency — Having your home more energy efficient can be one of the most cost effective steps you can take in lowering your utility bills. Holper’s can assist you with those steps. We are now offering attic, wall, basement and crawl space insulation. By adding just a few inches of blown-in-attic insulation can reduce your heating and cooling costs significantly. We can spray-foam drafty band boards and window rim sills where pests, spiders and unwanted animals can enter, while lowering your energy costs.

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Now is the time to get your home ready for the winter months.

Schedule an Appointment Today and receive 10% off your service (Up to $100 value).

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Home Energy Inspection

Not sure what’s happening in your Crawlspace, Basement or Attic? Have our Certified Building Analyst come out and do an inspection and learn how to keep pests and animals out while maintaining the efficiency of your home.
We take pride in helping to solve all your pest and energy problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name! Call and speak with Chris today at 636 544-7625 and learn more about how Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can give you “Peace of Mind”!

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Why are Stink Bugs attracted to MY House?

There are a few reasons why those stink bugs may have chosen your house to be their new home for the winter.  Food and environment both have attractions for stink bugs.  They are mostly attracted by fruit plants and crops. They have a preference for ripe fruit.  If you happen to have ripe fruit in your garden, you might be sending out a dinner invite to a whole community of stink bugs.  They are also known to feed on ornamental plants and weeds that grow close to homes and other building.

This is all about their eating habits in summer; since they do not generate their heat on their own, they have to rely on external surroundings to keep themselves warm. Therefore they hibernate in cold seasons.

Do Stink Bugs Bite?                                                                                                          

Normally, they do not.  However, they will bite if they feel threatened. The bite area may have some swelling or rash and may feel painful, but harmless. Even though a stink bugs’ bite is usually treated as a non-poisonous bite for adults, it may prove poisonous for small children and pets.  Some people relate their pungent smelling liquid with that of poison, but Stink Bugs emit a foul smelling liquid only to deter predators.

Stink Bug Invasion in Homes                                                                                

In late summer and early fall, shorter days and decreasing temperatures cause adult stink bugs to seek shelter during their overwintering phase, a period in their life cycle where they are inactive.  They hide in your home in a state of hibernation during the winter season.  When stink bugs locate a suitable location, they release an aggregation pheromone that attracts other stink bugs to the site.  They do not damage structures, eat fabrics or consume foods stored inside the home.  In fact, females are incapable of reproducing until early spring.

Stink bugs gain entry into structures through cracks around windows and door trims, gaps and holes in foundations, soffits, attics, under or behind baseboards, and around exhaust fans or lights in the ceiling

If you see a stink bug in your home, never crush them!  It will force them to eject a foul smell which tempts other bugs to invade your house.   Home and building owners often attempt to get rid of stink bug populations on their own before they decide to contact a pest control professional.  Contacting Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions in advance could help save timer, labor, money and aggravation.

We are currently offering special prices on Power Sprays starting at $69.00 for the exterior of your home!  Offer ends October 31, 2019.

We love to treat your home and yard with the same care as we treat our own.  We take pride in helping to solve all your pest control problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name!

Find out the difference in St. Louis pest control by calling us today at 314-544-7378 and learn more about Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions!

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Holiday Lighting Services

Christmas lights are one of the great joys of the holiday season.

For over 18 years Holper’s Holiday Lights has been professionally

installing residential and commercial lighting in the Bi-State Area.

The Benefits of Holper’s Holiday Lights

Holper’s has you covered every step of the way in the holiday

lighting process. We do it all–design, installation, maintenance,

take down, and storage. This ensures your lighting investment is

ready to be re-installed the following season.

To schedule an appointment for a free estimate for our holiday

lighting services, call us today at 314-629-LITE (5483).

With Holper’s as your trusted Christmas lighting installer, you can

spend more time enjoying the holidays with friends and family!Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions – 9223 Gravois Road – St. Louis Mo – 63123

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Insulation & Weatherization

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, the company that’s been giving customers “Peace of Mind” for over 34 years, is now offering “Peace of Mind” for Insulation and Weatherization customers!

Improve Energy Efficiency

Having your home more energy efficient can be one of the most cost effective steps you can take in lowering your utility bills. Holper’s can assist you with those steps. We are now offering attic, wall, basement and crawl space insulation. We can spray-foam drafty band boards and window rim sills where pests, spiders and unwanted animals can enter, while lowering your energy costs.

There are so many homes that do not have the correct amount of insulation; by adding just a few inches of blown-in-attic insulation can reduce your heating and cooling costs significantly.

Now is the time to get your home ready for the winter months, before the weather turns frigid. Schedule an Appointment before Sept 30th and receive 15% off your service (Up to $150 value).

Home Energy Inspection

Learn the A – Attic, B – Basement and C’s – CrawlSpace of insulation and weatherization from Holper’s! Have our Certified Building Analyst come out and do an inspection and learn how to keep pest and animals out while maintaining the efficiency of your home.

We take pride in helping to solve all your pest and energy problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name! Call us today and learn more about how our insulation and weatherization can give you “Peace of Mind”!

9223 Gravois Road – St. Louis Mo – 63123 – 636 544-7625

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Fall & Winter Pest Control & Pest Prevention Tips

As the days get shorter, the weather gets cooler and there’s that familiar smell of Pumpkin Spice in the air, it reminds us that it’s time to start thinking about getting the home buttoned up to handle the long cold winter months ahead of us here in the Greater St. Louis Area.  The Farmers Almanac is calling for a colder than normal winter in the Midwest for 2019-2020.

Unfortunately, there are others thinking about finding a nice warm and cozy home to move into for the winter months too!  Small critters such as mice, squirrels, rats, raccoons, spiders, cockroaches and other pests are looking for a safe haven.  These pests can become more than just a nuisance if they find a way inside.  Rodents can contaminate food, spreading disease and damage electrical wires, which may lead to a fire.  Cockroaches are known to trigger allergies and asthma, especially in children.  And, some spiders may bite if they are disturbed.

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 wintertime 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.
      • Holper’s can have our Certified Efficiency Analyst come out and do an inspection. Learn how to keep pest and animals out while maintaining the efficiency of your home. Learn the A – Attic, B – Basement, C’s – Crawl Space of insulation and weatherization from Holper’s!
  • Keep your Yard Maintained
    • Properly landscape to avoid providing pest harborage sites. Keep branches and shrubs trimmed.
      • Clean leaves and other debris from your gutters to prevent standing water, the perfect breeding ground for many pests.
      • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
      • Keep all garbage covered or in a container to discourage animals from scavenging for food in the winter months.
      • Store your Firewood at least 20 feet away from your house. Five feet is a minimum distance.  Keep the firewood on racks of some kind, to: don’t let it rest on the ground.
  • Pest Control Inside your Home
    • Keeping your home clean will go a long way to preventing a pest invasion.
      • Seal your Doors & Windows! Install door sweeps and repair damage screen.  Torn window screen and cracks under doors are an ideal entry point for household pests.
      • Filler larger gaps and holes inside your home with pieces of steel wool, as pests are deterred away from the roughness of the steel fibers, especially rodents who are unable to gnaw through the material.
      • Inspect the outside of your home for easy access points. Seal any cracks and crevices with silicone caulk, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter the structure.
      • Screen attic vents, openings to chimneys and any other areas where homes may be open to the outdoors – mail slots, for instance, or pet doors.
      • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows. There are easy ways to keep pest (and cold air) out of the house.
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This list of pest control tips should help eliminate pest activity in and around your house. 

 

If you do suspect a pest infestation in your home, DON’T try to remove it on your own, it may be dangerous and inefficient.  Contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions today.   We have been giving the Greater St. Louis and surrounding areas “Peace of Mind” for over three decades, specializing in wildlife, pest control and now insulation and weatherization!

Contact us for a free evaluation at 314 544-7378 (PEST). We’ll give you peace of mind and your home back!

St. Louis Brown Recluse

If its summer then its Brown Recluse Season!

If its summer and you live in Missouri, then you have brown recluse spiders whether you see them or not.  It’s just a matter of time before they let you see them.

With all the buzz and the discussion about the discovery of a brown recluse spider in a (Kansas City Missouri) woman’s ear, we thought it was a good time to bring back some of our past blogs about the education and prevention of brown recluse spiders.

This year, the weather has played a significant role in bring the brown recluse spiders into our homes early. With the enormous amount of rain throughout the summer months, not only have the brown recluse been seeking shelter, but other pests and insects have too.

With fall approaching and the weather getting cooler, this will start pushing the pests and insects inside our homes.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions suggests having your attic, pipe chases, cracks and crevasses dusted yearly.  Spraying, monitors and routine pest control services will keep the numbers down significantly.  Please call us at 314 544-7378 (PEST) to speak with one of our Customer Service Reps who will be happy to explain our Year-Round Service Programs with you.

Learn more about brown recluse spiders from our blogs below:

 

 

 

 

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Insulation and Weatherization Bring Homeowners Peace of Mind

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, the company that’s been giving customers “Peace of Mind” for over 34 years, is now offering “Peace of Mind” for Insulation and Weatherization customers!

Improve Energy Efficiency

Having your home more energy efficient can be one of the most cost effective steps you can take in lowering your utility bills. Holper’s can assist you with those steps. We are now offering attic, wall, basement and crawl space insulation. We can spray foam drafty bandboard and rim sills where pests, spiders and unwanted animals can enter, while lowering your energy costs.

There are so many homes that do not have the correct amount of insulation; by adding just a few inches of blown-in-attic insulation can reduce your heating and cooling costs significantly.

Home Energy Inspection

Learn the A B C’s of insulation and weatherization from Holper’s! Have one of our Certified Building Analyst come out and do an inspection and learn how to keep pest and animals out while maintaining the efficiency of your home.

We take pride in helping to solve all your pest and energy problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name! Call us today at 636-544-7625 and learning more about how we can give you “Peace of Mind”!

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What kind of Spider did I see?

Have you seen me lately? I’m an Orb Weaver Spider and I look like this…

orb-weaverNormally, all you hear about are the Brown Recluse Spiders here in the St. Louis area. But, today we are going to talk about the Orb Weaver Spider.
Unlike the Brown Recluse, that lives mostly indoors, the Orb Weaver is an outside spider. Typically, you don’t see them until mid-September, but with all the rain, they are out early and in full force!
Orb Weavers vary in colors, sizes and shapes. The most common Orb Weaver here in the St. Louis area is the one pictured above. This Orb Weaver will have bands around its legs. The webs of orb weavers consist of radial strands, like spokes of a wheel and concentric circles. Most build their webs vertically, attaching them to branches, stems or manmade structures. Webs may be quite large, spanning several feet in width.

Most orb weavers are nocturnal. During the daylight hours, the spider may retreat to a nearby branch or leaf but will spin a trapline from the web. Any slight vibration of the web will travel down the trapline. The orb weaver possesses venom, which is used to immobilize her prey.
When threatened by people or most anything larger than itself, an orb weaver’s first response is to flee. Rarely, if handled, it will bite, but the bite is mild.

The Orb Weaver Diet

Like all spiders, orb weavers are carnivores. They feed primarily on insects and other small organisms entrapped in their sticky webs. Some larger orb weavers may even consume hummingbirds or frogs!

Orb Weaver Life Cycle

Male orb weavers occupy most of their time with finding a mate. Most males are much smaller than the females and after mating he may become her next meal! The female waits on or near her web, letting the males come to her. She lays eggs in clutches of several hundred, encased in a sac. During the winter, the female orb weaver will lay a large clutch in the fall and wrap it in thick silk. She will die when the first frost arrives, leaving her babies to hatch in the spring. Orb weavers live one to two years, on average.

Want to keep your home or business pest and animal free? Have one of our Certified Building Analyst come out and do a Bansill inspection and learn how to keep pest and animals out while maintaining the efficiency of your home.
We take pride in helping to solve all your pest and animal problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name! Find out the difference in St. Louis pest control, call us today at 314-544-7378 and learning more about how we can give you “Peace of Mind”!

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Test Your Knowledge of Bed Bugs

I know, I know…Why would anyone want to know that much about bed bugs let alone want to test your knowledge about them?
Do you start itching just thinking about them? Me too! Holper’s continues to receive calls and Internet inquiries about bed bugs on a daily basis. It seems like most of our recent blogs have been about Bed Bugs. More and more people on the Internet are searching for information or some understanding about how bed bugs came into their lives and how to get rid of them.

Below is a short quiz to test your knowledge of Bed Bugs and a few links to our past Bed Bug blogs as a resource to your questions.

Test Your Bed Bug Knowledge: Bed Bug Trivia

  1. How do bed bugs arrive in your home?
  2. What are two signs of a bed bug infestation?
  3. True or False? You can only be bitten by a bed bug in your bed.
  4. Do bed bugs transmit disease?
  5. True or False: About 20 percent of the population is not sensitive to bed bug bites, even when bitten frequently over time.

Answers:

  1. Bed bugs arrive in your home a couple of different ways, although you may never know how you got bed bugs. The ways we know about include visiting a bed bug infested motel or public area where these bugs climb onto your clothing or your personal belongings. From here they travel with you back to your home, drop off your belongings and look for a safe place to hide. Bed bugs can come into your home on friends and neighbors as well, but they don’t typically crawl into your home on their own, unless you live in an apartment building where bed bugs are infesting a nearby unit.
  2. Signs of a bed bug infestation include little red bites on your skin (usually in clusters of 2, 3 or more), bed bug fecal spots, shedding bed bug skins and in large infestations, some people recognize the scent of over-ripened raspberries to be present. Obviously seeing actual bed bugs in your home is proof of a bed bug infestation, so contacting Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions at the first sign of these pests can help eliminate the problem.
  3. False! Bed bugs can bite you in other places of your home, or even in public! You can be bitten while lounging on your couch or while spending time on public transportation, including trains, buses and airplanes. These bugs only need to find you sitting still for a little while and you can pick up bed bug bites.
  4. No! Bed Bugs are usually considered disease-free nuisances whose victims are left with only itchy welts from bites and sleepless nights. However, secondary infections may result if someone fails to keep the bites clean and disinfected, leading to swelling and bleeding of the bites.
  5. False! Only about 20% of the population is sensitive to bed bug bites. What that means is that only about 20% of people will show signs of being bitten by bed bugs and suffer the subsequent symptoms. This means that two people sharing an apartment or hotel room may both be bitten, but only the person who is allergic will wake up with bites, itching and discomfort. The non-allergic person will not notice anything different. However, even though the non-allergic person will not display bites or suffer from itching, that person is equally at risk as the allergic person for contracting secondary infections from bed bugs.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions would love to treat your home or business with the same care as we treat our own. We take pride in helping to solve all your pest control problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name!
Find out the difference in St. Louis pest control by calling us today at 314-544-7378 and learning more about Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions!