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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!

Pest Control Flooding

Post-Flood Pest Control – How to Prevent Pest Problems after the Flood

As the Great St. Louis area begin its slow recovery process from record-setting rainfall and subsequent massive flooding, there is and will be an uptick in the pest population in the coming weeks and months.  Residents in these hard-hit communities should expect to see an influx of pests – from mosquitoes and flies to rodents and possibly snakes.

Like people, pests and animals try to avoid flood waters by moving to higher, dryer land.  Unfortunately, that dry land is often your home.  Read below to learn more about the pests and/or animals you may encounter after a flood and how to control an infestation. 

Mosquitoes

Flood or no flood, mosquitoes are a huge problem.  As you probably know, mosquitoes tend to breed around stale, standing water.   After a flood, standing water will be everywhere.  Aside from being pesky by their bites, mosquitoes can be potentially dangerous because of their potential for carrying disease such as West Nile or the Zika Virus.

You can help prevent mosquitoes from gathering by getting rid of any receptacle where water has collected (such as garbage cans and kiddy pools; however, to truly eliminate your mosquito problem, you’ll need professional assistance.

Flies

They are another flying insect which can increase their presence in large amounts after a flood. Flies are attracted to spoiled food items and overflowing sewage, both of which are common in the wake of a flood.  Floods cause sewers to overflow and bring sewage above ground. Flies often lay their eggs in rotting organic material.  Sanitation is crucial to prevent a fly infestation in the home.

Aside from doing your best to sanitize the area after a storm and reduce waste sources from the premises, there are a number of great fly control solutions which Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can professionally provide for you. 

Ants

When flood waters rush into ant colonies, they are forced out quickly.  Ants form a tight group that acts as a raft, allowing them to float on top of flood waters until they find dry land or a floating object to latch onto.

When the flood water begins to recede, you will be sure to find colonies of ants, which have been displaced from their nest floating around.  Once the ants encounter a dry piece of land, such as your house, they will stick around.  Since there are many species of ants, treatment methods will vary.

If you notice any ants or mounds around your home, don’t worry.  Contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to identify your ant problem and recommend the most efficient and effective treatment plan.

Rodents

Many Rodents’ homes are underground and will wash away during a flood. When seeking higher ground and a dry place to live, rodents like mice, rats and raccoons will try to invade homes and other dry structures and even your car to stay out of the water.

Here are some common signs of a rodent problem:

  • Droppings
  • Scratching Noises
  • Footprints
  • Burrows

They usually enter the home through holes and cracks that can be hard to locate, typically near roofs, dormers, chimneys roof joints and attic vents. Each home will require a different exclusion and prevention program.  Let Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions inspect the infested area(s) and eradicate the problem.

Snakes and Reptiles                                                                                                                              

Heavy flood usually results in the habitats of snakes and reptiles being destroyed, causing these animals to travel freely and be a danger to the community.  This is another big reason to stay out of the flood waters and keep your children away from the waters and not play in it.

If you notice any snakes around your house, contact Pest & Animal Solutions to quickly and safely remove them from your home.

Create an Insecticide Barrier 

Once you have controlled the moisture, cover all broken entrances, removed organic debris and rotting drywall, you will want a liquid insecticide barrier applied around your house. This will prevent pests from invading your home post-flood.  If you typically have your home treated with an insecticide barrier, it’s a good idea to have it reapplied after flood waters have receded.  

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions carefully constructs unique treatment plans for the safest and most effective treatment possible. Our low-impact pest control services are carried out responsibly and professionally by trained and certified pest control specialists. Your safety and Peace of Mind is our top priority!

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

 

 

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!