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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!

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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!

 

 

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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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If You like Holper’s, then you’ll love working with Us!

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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.