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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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What’s biting me? Chiggers, Ticks, Mosquitoes

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!

Chiggers

Chiggers are mites: tiny insects about 1/50th of an inch long. Also know as harvest bugs or red bugs. They’re nearly invisible except, as occasionally happens, they cluster on your skin. They are red in color. Seen under a magnifying glass, they look like tiny red spiders. Chiggers love moist grassy areas, including lawns and fields. They are transferred to human beings through contact with grass, brush, and vegetation. Chiggers don’t carry disease, but they can cause severe itching.
Unlike mosquitoes, which bite where they land, chiggers may move around the skin to find a good place to eat. Like ticks, chiggers are opportunistic parasites that grab onto any hosts that happen to wander by. Unlike ticks, chiggers don’t embed themselves in the skin
Belts and tight clothing prevent them from moving further, so chigger bites are often found around the waist or near elastic waistbands. Other favorite locations are spots where the skin is thin: near the groin, behind the knees, or in the armpits.
One prevalent myth is that chiggers burrow into the skin; this is not true. Instead, they inject enzymes into the skin that destroy the surrounding tissue. The chiggers then ingest the dead tissue. Because this activity is likely to cause intense itching for the host, chiggers are usually unable to feed for long; if left undisturbed, though, they can feast for days.
Unlike ticks and mosquitoes, chiggers do not carry disease, which means that contact with them isn’t dangerous per se. Unfortunately, however, chigger bites are incredibly itchy. Even worse, chiggers usually move in large groups, so it’s unlikely you’ll experience just a single chigger bite.
Oh, and the home remedy that your mom may have told you about or used to kill chiggers and stop the itch…Nail Polish or Vaseline. It doesn’t work.

Ticks

Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites. Many species transmit diseases to animals and people. Some of the diseases you can get from a tick bite are Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Ticks live outdoors in grass, trees, shrubs & leaf piles.
They’re attracted to people and their four-legged pets, and they can easily move between the two. Ticks prefer warm, moist areas of the body. Once a tick gets on your body, they’re likely to migrate to your armpits, groin, or hair. When they’re in a desirable spot, they bite into your skin and begin drawing blood. They remain attached to your body once they bite you.
Tick bites are usually harmless and may produce no symptoms. However, if you’re allergic to tick bites, you may experience: pain or swelling at the bite site, a rash, a burning sensation at the bite site, blisters and difficulty breathing, if severe.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are members of the fly family. They may be small and have short lifespans, but they can wreak havoc on human lives. From their itchy bites to the diseases they can carry, mosquitoes are often annoying and sometimes downright deadly.
Mosquitoes live in grass and bushes located close to areas where humans live. Their favorite breeding ground is standing water. They gather in neglected birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, storm drains, pools, ponds, and other bodies of water that aren’t flowing.
Male mosquitoes don’t bite humans, but females do. While both of them feed on plant nectar and water, females also need blood in their diet to reproduce. Mosquitoes choose their human victims based on the scent of carbon dioxide and other chemicals in your perspiration.
Mosquitoes and Ticks can carry viruses, bacteria, and parasites in their saliva. When they bite you, they can transmit those pathogens into your body, causing severe and even life-threatening illness.
Mosquitoes are known carriers of malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, and several viruses that cause encephalitis.

Prevention

If you think your yard is infested with Mosquitoes or other pesky intruders, before they bite, call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.
We love to treat your home and yard with the same care as we treat our own, and we take real 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 314-732-1413 and learning more about Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions!

Why Aren’t DIY Mosquito Treatments Effective?

We’ve all heard of them—allegedly “foolproof” DIY methods of mosquito control that your brother, mom, neighbor, or Facebook friend swears by! There are only so many citronella candles a person can light, and only so many dryer sheets one can wear under a hat, yet many people will attempt these and more schemes every year before they wise up. All they do is waste time and money before turning to the real solution. So why aren’t DIY mosquito treatments effective?

Some Popular Mosquito Treatment Myths
While the methods are quite varied, see if you can figure out what they have in common:

  • Essential oils are very popular for a variety of uses, and some people utilize them as an all-natural mosquito repellant to replace chemical products and sprays for the skin. Time consuming to make a batch of homemade repellent, this is probably not a time-effective choice.
  • Plants and herbs, such as basil, lemon balm, catnip, marigolds, garlic, lavender, and citronella, are popular choices for gardens, as rumor has it that they can repel mosquitoes. In truth, achieving the maximum benefit necessitates crushing the leaves and rubbing your skin with them.
  • Bug control spray concentrates sprayed onto your lawn using a garden hose can repel mosquitoes for about 21 days, versus the 30 days of mosquito reduction supplied by a professional application. Fun fact: Applied monthly, professional mosquito treatments will reduce the mosquito population by 95 %! That’s amazing!
  • Bounce dryer sheets (the original version) are worn under the hats of professional golfers to keep gnats and mosquitoes away when making that all-important drive or putt. The online magazine of the American Society for Horticultural Science has published proof this will repel them.

Did you figure out what those four methods have in common? They merely REPEL mosquitoes. And there are many more DIY methods that can’t even do that—Listerine, Lemon Fresh Joy, baby oil, repellent coils, bug barriers, and bug shields, to name a few. DIY treatment methods for mosquitoes will at best repel mosquitoes temporarily, and at worst will waste your money and allow more mosquitoes to breed in your yard. 

The Real Mosquito Solution
A true mosquito solution does not simply repel mosquitoes for a brief period of time. The hallmark of the true mosquito solution is reducing and eliminating mosquitoes from your yard, freeing you to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family. Knowing our region tested positive for West Nile Virus last summer, and with Zika present in every state ,we can no longer just be worried about the itch and annoyance of a mosquito bite—our concern needs to encompass our health, as well.

Peace of Mind
If you’d like to reclaim your yard from mosquitoes and recapture some peace of mind, call the professionals at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions today at 314-743-1413.  DIY mosquito treatments are simply not effective. Monthly sprays will give you back some peace of mind, as well as giving you back your yard!

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Do I Need Professional Mosquito Control?

With the temperatures cooling slightly this week, more St. Louisans will be spending time outside. After only a few minutes out there you will be reminded that mosquito season is still in full swing–and those guys are hungry! Besides the unpleasantness of mosquito bites, there is the very real threat of West Nile Virus, as it has been documented in the area. DIYers might think that a trip to the store will solve the problem, but in reality it is time to ask yourself an important question: Do I need professional mosquito control?

But I Like Being a DIYer!

There is an undoubtable satisfaction that comes from doing things yourself. In the case of mosquitoes, though, your only option as a civilian is a canned spray. These are usually of the fogger variety, providing no residual action, meaning you’ll have to use the fogger every time you have an event or every time you want to be outside. This is one time to put your DIY energy into another project and leave pest control to the experts.

Your greatest chance for safely enjoying your yard is monthly mosquito sprays from now through October. It is critical to have professional-grade materials applied by licensed exterminators if you want to eradicate all stages of the mosquito life cycle. Heat and rain lessen the strength of the spray over time, which necessitates a monthly re-application. Additionally, our popular garlic barrier application is an excellent repellent that many customers add on to their monthly yard sprays. Using Holper’s targeted approach for treating your yard can reduce your mosquito population by up to 97%!

Holper’s Provides Professional Mosquito Control

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been serving St. Louis for more than 30 years! Regardless of whether your problem is an insect, a spider, or invasive wildlife, Holper’s can solve the problem. If your goal is reducing the likelihood of West Nile-carrying mosquitoes in your yard, or just want to enjoy the out of doors without being the meal for hungry mosquitoes, then Holper’s yard treatments are the solution to your pest problem. Just call 314-732-1413 to schedule your professional mosquito control!

 

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Now That West Nile Has Arrived in St. Louis, How Do We Protect Ourselves?

Most of us in the Greater St. Louis Area are aware that is was reported earlier this week that the West Nile Virus has been found in area mosquitoes. Now that it is confirmed to be present, what are your options for preventing West Nile? What is the best mosquito defense tactic?

Mosquito Basics

mosquito-preventionThere are steps you can take each year to reduce the likelihood that your yard will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The number one way to reduce mosquitoes breeding in your yard is to vigilantly remove all traces of standing water. Some are easy to spot, such as pools and birdbaths. But since mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a capful of water, some of the other breeding spots may not be as obvious. Pay close attention to water collecting in or on trash cans, tarps covering yard machinery, gutters, old tires, plastic bags, and even discarded water bottle caps. If you have water features as part of your landscaping, safety measures would include changing water weekly (in the case of something small like a birdbath) and/or installing a fountain pump for larger water features, such as a pond or pool. The circulation that a fountain pump provides reduces water stagnation, thereby reducing the likelihood of mosquitoes breeding in your yard.

A general rule of thumb for avoiding feeding time for mosquitoes is to avoid being outside at dawn, dusk, and early evening. If you must be out, it is wise to wear a shirt with long sleeves, pants, and a hat. And of course, insect repellent is a must!

Mosquito Defense Tactics

west-nile-mosquito-treatmentGiven that West Nile is here, many people wonder if removing standing water will prevent mosquitoes in their yards. Unfortunately, doing so can only reduce the likelihood that mosquitoes will be present in your yard.

Your greatest chance for safely enjoying your yard is monthly mosquito sprays now through October. It is important to have professional-grade products applied by licensed mosquito exterminators if your goal is to kill mosquito eggs, larvae, and adults. Treatment efficacy is lessened over time by heat and by rain, which necessitates a monthly re-application. The great news is that using Holper’s targeted treatment approach can reduce your mosquito population by up to 97%! While preventing West Nile is impossible, this mosquito defense tactic is your best bet to significantly lower your odds.

Holper’s Protects and Serves

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been taking care of St. Louis area families for over three decades! Whether your pest is an insect, a spider, or nuisance wildlife, Holper’s takes care of it all. If you want to prevent your likelihood of West Nile-carrying mosquitoes, or just want to be outside without worrying about mosquitoes using you for dinner, Holper’s mosquito yard treatments are the solution to your pest problem. One call to 314-732-1413 is the first step to reclaiming your yard from mosquitoes!

 

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What’s The Buzz: Do I Need Mosquito Yard Treatments?

asian-tiger-mosquitoWith the earlier-than-normal warm temperatures and rain that the St. Louis region experienced this year, the unpleasant buzz of mosquitoes has already arrived. In addition to the unwanted itching and swelling of mosquito bites, preventing the Zika virus is on the minds of many in our area: Do I need mosquito yard treatments? Is there a way to prevent the Zika virus?

Mosquito Basics

There are steps you can take each year to reduce the likelihood that your yard will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The number one way to reduce mosquitoes breeding in your yard is to vigilantly remove all traces of standing water. Some are easy to spot, such as pools and birdbaths. But since mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a capful of water, some of the other breeding spots may not be as obvious. Pay close attention to water collecting in or on trash cans, tarps covering yard machinery, gutters, old tires, plastic bags, and even discarded water bottle caps. If you have water features as part of your landscaping, safety measures would include changing water weekly (in the case of something small like a birdbath) and/or installing a fountain pump for larger water features, such as a pond or pool. The circulation that a fountain pump provides reduces water stagnation, thereby reducing the likelihood of mosquitoes breeding in your yard.

A general rule of thumb for avoiding feeding time for mosquitoes is to avoid being outside at dawn, dusk, and early evening. If you must be out, it is wise to wear a shirt with long sleeves, pants, and a hat. And of course, insect repellant is a must!

Is it Possible to Prevent Mosquitoes?

mosquito-yard-treatmentsEspecially with the specter of the Zika virus on the horizon, many people wonder if removing standing water will prevent mosquitoes in their yards. Unfortunately, doing so can only reduce the likelihood that mosquitoes will be present in your yard.

Your greatest chance for safely enjoying your yard is monthly mosquito sprays from April through October. It is important to have professional-grade products applied by licensed mosquito exterminators if your goal is to kill mosquito eggs, larvae, and adults. Treatment efficacy is lessened over time by heat and by rain, which necessitates a monthly re-application. The great news is that using Holper’s targeted treatment approach can reduce your mosquito population by up to 97%!

Holper’s Gives You Your Yard Back to Enjoy!

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been taking care of St. Louis area families for over three decades! Whether your pest is an insect, a spider, or nuisance wildlife, Holper’s can take care of it all. If you want to prevent your likelihood of Zika-carrying mosquitoes, or just want to be outside without worrying about mosquitoes using you for dinner, Holper’s mosquito yard treatments are the solution to your pest problem. One call to 314-732-1413 is the first step to reclaiming your yard from mosquitoes!