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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs: Spray Treatment Vs. Heat Treatment

According to a 2015 report from Huffington Post, the five U.S. cities that experience the most bed bug infestations are Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. Thankfully, St. Louis isn’t on the list. However, like the cities above, ours has nonetheless experienced an uptick in bed bug problems that’s reflective of a nationwide increase in problems with the insects.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Providers of pest control services typically use one of two strategies to kill bed bugs: spray treatment that disperses bed bug killing substances or heat treatment that heats up the infestation site until the bugs bake to death. Which option is best? To find out, let’s compare the treatments using four criteria that are important to homeowners and building owners.

  1. Cost

Even when it’s used for a small living space, such as a traditional studio apartment, the heat treatment method can cost thousands of dollars. The spray treatment method typically costs significantly less, even if the infestation site is sprayed more than once. If you need to eliminate a bed bug infestation as economically as possible, spray treatment is the way to go.

  1. Effectiveness

The heat treatment method and the spray treatment method are both effective, although in different ways. Heat treating is effective because it aims to kill all bed bugs within a few hours. The spray treatment is effective because it keeps working even after it dries and can last for weeks. When bugs cross a spray line, they encounter the extermination catalyst and start to die.

Overall, the spray method offers the most assurance that bed bugs will be exterminated. Heating up sequestered spaces where bed bugs hide (e.g., under floorboards, inside walls, and inside mattresses) until the heat kills the insects can be difficult. Heat treatment can also force the dispersion of the bed bugs to other areas of the home or building. But deploying specially formulated bed bug spray across paths that bed bugs travel ensures that they will be affected.

  1. Safety

There was a time when the spray method wasn’t as safe as it is today. In the past, the toxic chemical DDT was often used to kill bedbugs. Today, however, EPA regulations for toxic chemicals have driven the creation of new, eco friendly insecticides. The spray that we use to exterminate bed bugs is not a threat to humans, animals, or plants that are in the treatment area.

  1. Convenience

The spray method is far more convenient than the heat treatment method. Before your home or building is sprayed, you don’t need to remove any objects from the structure. However, if you use the heat treatment method, you will need to remove objects that high temperatures could damage, such as oil paintings, computers, foodstuffs, cosmetics, plants, and the list goes on.

Have a Bed Bug Infestation?
If so, how to get rid of bed bugs may be something you think about daily. To translate thought into action, contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to schedule a free inspection of your home or building. Our years of experience in eliminating bed bugs has taught us how to get rid of bed bugs using the best extermination method. For most homeowners and building owners, we strongly feel that the spray method works best based on the factors above.

To get started on diagnosing and eliminating a bed bug problem, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to making your residence or business space more inhabitable by helping you stop pest problems and prevent them from reoccurring.

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Skunk Control Service – Is January Really the Time to Worry?

In the Midwestern U.S., the freezing temperatures of January keep many types of animals in hibernation, but skunks aren’t one of them. Skunks are more readily seen in warm weather, but the black and white animals remain fully conscious throughout winter. In fact, they behave like some humans do in climates where winter brings ice and snow: They stay inside their insulated homes and only venture outside when needed.

How Skunks Damage Property
Many of us learned as children that the biggest threat skunks pose is spraying people with the odorous, oily liquid that emits from glands near the base of their tail. This may be true if you’re taking a nature hike and encounter a skunk along the trail, but if you live in a residence that fosters a skunk den, you have more to worry about than skunks hosing you down with an epic case of bad body odor. Skunks routinely damage property in the following ways.

  • Creating foraging trails in lawns as they search for food
  • Tearing up gardens in search of vegetables and fruit
  • Breaking in beehives to eat adult and larval bees
  • Digging under foundations of homes to create dens
  • Digging under low decks of homes to create dens

If you take pride in your lawn and garden, keep beehives on your property, or have points of access near your home’s foundation or deck that are easy for skunks to enter, skunks can seriously compromise your vision of domestic bliss. This is why it’s important to call a skunk control service the first time that you suspect a skunk den is located in or around your residence – and January is a perfect time to make the call.

Why Now is the Time to Worry
Although skunks lead a low-key life during cold weather, they start the mating process in late winter instead of waiting for spring. This means that, when spring and summer are finally here, the number of skunks you dealt with last year could easily multiply in number – and the year after that, there could be even more of the critters to contend with.

This is why it’s important to have a skunk control service eliminate skunks in and around your residence before later winter gets here. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we always recommend taking the proactive approach to pest control. When it comes to skunk infestations, treating the problem in winter is one of the best approaches you can take.

Need a Skunk Control Service?
If you suspect you have a skunk infestation in your home or in close proximity to the residence, contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Control Solutions to schedule a free inspection, and learn about our skunk control service. We have years of experience helping homeowners and business owners in the St. Louis area rid their properties of pests that range from moles, to stinging insects, to bed bugs, to skunks.

In addition to removing pests that cause problems, we perform an all-points check of the residence to identify areas where skunks could enter and build dens. Then, with your permission, we seal up the possible entry points to help keep the problem from recurring. Once skunks are removed and prevented from re-entering your home, you’ll enjoy more peace of mind and have a nicer looking property that’s free of skunk damage.

To set up your free consultation, please call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to using our skunk control service to free your property of skunks and the damage they cause.

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Make 2016 Your Pest Prevention Year

The end of the calendar year is a time when many people make resolutions for the coming year — and, as many of us know from experience, many of these good intentions aren’t kept. However, if there is one resolution that homeowners and building owners should do their best to preserve, it is protecting their real estate from pests that can cause a severe annoyance, create potentially hazardous health situations, and damage or destroy important parts of the structure.

Essential Measures for Pest Prevention
Pest prevention measures fall into two basic categories: measures that homeowners and business owners perform on their own, and measures that pest control specialists perform. Both types of measures can be helpful for preventing pest infestations, but some measures hold more promise than others. Below, we take a look at two effective prevention strategies you can perform on your own and two tactics that a pest control company can implement.

  1. Control Outside Food Sources

Some types of pests enter a home or a building after being attracted to food sources located just outside of the structure, especially seed loaves that feed birds and trash cans that contain food refuse. These sources of food are especially attractive to squirrels, raccoons, mice, and rats. Removing the sources helps prevent these critters from squatting in your home or building.

  1. Control Inside Food Sources

Controlling food sources on the inside of a home or a building is an essential pest prevention measure, too. Food that’s left out in the open — whether in the form of solid food or residue — can attract ants, roaches, grain moths, and mice. Keeping surfaces free of food particles and residue, and storing food in tightly sealed containers, can help keep these pests from entering.

  1. Perform Biannual Inspections

Controlling sources of human food helps prevent some pests from entering a home or a building more than it prevents other pests from doing the same. For example, silverfish, bed bugs, termites, and spiders commonly feed on things that humans don’t. That’s why it’s crucial to have your structure inspected at least twice yearly to help prevent these pests from colonizing in it.

  1. Implement Proactive Measures

Having biannual pest inspections performed on your home or building is the perfect prelude to implementing proactive pest control measures. After examining the inside and outside of the structure, our pest prevention specialists will spray the home or building to help keep insects and bay and seal up open spaces on the outside of the structure that could allow pests to enter.

Let Us Help You Stay Pest-Free in 2016
You can perform some effective pest prevention strategies on your own, but there are also some essential measures that a pest control specialist should perform, particularly: biannual inspections for pests and proactive pest prevention measures, such as spraying for bugs and sealing up potential points of pest entry that are located on the exterior of a home or a building.

To schedule pest inspections and pest prevention measures for your home or building in the new year, call Holpers Pest & Animal Solutions at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We’ll perform an initial, free inspection, create a pest prevention solution that addresses the unique requirements of your home or building, and explain precisely why you should implement the plan. Contact us today to make 2016 your pest prevention year!

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Commercial Pest Control Services: Unusual Buildings Bugs Infest

Many of us have heard reports about bed bug infestations in hotels or have read a review of a “nice restaurant” that got a low rating because mice were practically running the kitchen. But for those who work in the commercial pest control services business, it seems that for all of the buildings that are known for harboring pests, there are just as many buildings that are not known for harboring them, yet still do. Below are three examples of these types of buildings.

  1. Movie Theaters

If you were asked to guess why insects would infest a movie theater, you might surmise that roaches were after the popcorn and candy that are dropped on the floor in screening rooms. In theaters that aren’t well-maintained, this could certainly be the case. However, some movie theaters house a much more insidious type of interloping insect: the common bed bug.

People who have bed bugs in their home can transfer the insects into theaters. Once inside screening rooms, bed bugs enjoy an environment that suits them well. They are nocturnal feeders, and when screening rooms are dark, it often means that movie watchers are seated. Bed bugs can do more than bite theatregoers. They can leave with them and infest their homes.

  1. Grocery Stores

Despite how clean and well-organized they may be, even the most sparkling grocery stores can experience insect infestations. Unlike bed bugs in movie theaters, insects in grocery stores typically aren’t transferred there by humans. Rather, they tend to ride in on produce and do what they can to set up a permanent home in the food aisles of the store soon after they arrive.

Some insects, such as those that travel in on fruit from tropical climates, can’t take the cool temperature that grocery stores maintain to prevent food spoilage and the spread of germs. However, hardier insects that live inside food containers, such as grain moths, can cause a major problem. Imagine scooping into a bin of bulk oats and seeing a flurry of moths escape.

  1. Office Buildings

The only insects that most office workers experience in the office are occasional ants in the lunchroom and the odd fly that buzzes around their cubicles after someone holds the front door open too long. However, some office workers are unlucky enough to experience an insect that a provider of commercial pest control services considers more bothersome: the common bed bug.

An office building seems like the last place a bed bug would want to be. After all, the facilities are well-lit when people are present, which opposes a bed bug’s natural feeding regimen. However, etymologists have found that bed bugs can alter their feeding patterns to suit their environment. This means the insects can start to feast on office workers during business hours.

Call Us Today
If you manage a building that seems to have a pest problem, Holpers Pest & Animal Solutions is here to help. We provide commercial pest control services for almost every type of business imaginable — even ones that aren’t known for harboring insect infestations. To set up a free inspection, give us a call today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. Take advantage of our commercial pest control services before cold weather arrives for the season!

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Mole Services: When to Call a Professional Exterminator

When you first moved into your home, you may remember the front and back yard looking exceptionally pristine. Fast forward to today, and those areas may be filled with mole tunnels that create ugly upwellings of mud, as the critters travel just beneath the lawn surface. What happened between then and now? Depending on how eager the sellers were to liquidate the home, they may have invested in professional mole services to make the lawn look nice.

When to Call an Exterminator
Because most homeowners take pride in owning residences they worked hard to buy, they are often interested in putting “sweat equity” into their homes in order to improve them. For some projects, such as drywall installation and replacing light fixtures, doing the job on your own helps save money, without taking you too far outside of your abilities as a residential handyman.

However, trying to handle a mole infestation is much different than performing standard handyman projects. Consequently, it’s good to know when do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions are not working and the assistance of a provider of mole services is needed. Before are five common examples of DIY mole removal solutions that typically don’t work very well for large infestations.

  1. Poison pellets – Moles tend to dislike them because the pellets are grain-based.
  2. Toxic fumes – Tunnel systems are too broad, deep, and open-ended for this strategy.
  3. Grub removal – Moles feed primarily on earthworms and not on grub worms.
  4. Blocking tunnels – Moles will simply make new tunnels that avoid the obstacle.
  5. Firing bullets – Most moles can’t be seen, which makes this strategy ineffective.

If you’ve tried any of these DIY methods or other DIY solutions to kill moles in your lawn, and you haven’t noticed a major change in the quality of the yard surface, it’s time to schedule a free inspection with an exterminator that specializes in providing mole services, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. We have years of experience in helping homeowners get rid of obnoxious yard moles, and we’ll help you remove unsightly mole tunnels from your yard, too.

Schedule an Inspection Today
If the yard that surrounds your home looks as if it’s been overtaken by a mole colony, you don’t have to deal with the unsightliness of the muddy upwellings that moles create as they travel through the tunnel system near the yard surface. Instead, you can call Holper’s Pest & Animal Control Solutions at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com, to schedule a free, thorough inspection of your lawn and learn which mole services would serve you best.

At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we use specially designed kill traps to kill moles and remove them from your yard for good. Unlike using poison pellets, toxic fumes, grub removal, or tunnel blockages, getting rid of moles with kill traps is the only way to make sure they are truly gone. After inspecting your lawn, we will deploy kill traps in locations that get best results.

To learn more about our professional mole services, contact us today. The appointment is free!

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Home Pest Control: Four Situations That Require Professional Help

With so many do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions for ridding your home of obnoxious insects and animals, you may feel inclined to buy one of these solutions and try to perform your own home pest control. Unfortunately, though, many over-the-counter (OTC) products for pest removal only make a small dent in the problem before it returns full-force. Below are four examples of these types of problems. If you experience them, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is here to help.

  1. Bed Bug Infestation

Because bed bugs can hide in furniture, beneath floorboards, inside mattresses, inside electrical sockets, and various other places, it is virtually impossible to extinguish them with storebought insecticides. Because the insects lay eggs and multiply rapidly as they suck blood from their host, the problem must be addressed quickly. Home pest control specialists can render treatments that destroy bedbugs and their eggs, regardless of where they hide in your home.

  1. Large Hornet Nest

A large hornet nest looks equally like a wonder of nature and threat to humankind. For millennia, people have figured out the hard way that you can’t kill thousands of hornets by throwing a large rock at the nest or hitting it with a splash of insecticide. Home pest control specialists have access to elite equipment that most homeowners don’t, such as sting-resistant suits and heavy-duty insecticide sprayers. They also have an in-depth understanding of how hornets operate based on time of day. Consequently, they are the ones who should remove the nest.

  1. Yard Mole Removal

Moles are similar to bedbugs: Because you can’t see exactly where they are hiding, they’re virtually impossible to remove on your own. Some animal pests don’t need to perish to be removed, but moles are an example of one that does. Because mole tunnels can run several feet deep beneath the ground, exterminating the creatures is the most effective way to make sure your lawn is filled with earthworms, grubs, and other forms of soil life, but not moles.

  1. Mice in the House

Mice are similar to bed bugs in that they are rarely seen by residents whose homes they infest. However, mice can cause more physical carnage than bed bugs, whose primary goal is to suck blood from a host in order to reproduce. Gnawed furniture, scattered litter, and holes chewed in food pantry items are common examples of how mice behave when they enter your home and try to make it their own. A professional exterminator uses technologies that eliminates mice quickly and proposes sealing off points of entry that allow mice to scamper inside your house.

Need Home Pest Control?
Whether your home is infested with stinging insects, bedbugs, mice, or another type of pest that makes it hard to relax and enjoy the peace of your residence, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will perform a free evaluation of the problem and propose what should be done to eliminate it.

To schedule a free inspection of your residence, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. With winter just around the corner — a time when many people spend lots of time indoors — there is no better time than the present to make your home pest-free!

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Squirrels in the Attic: What Do They Do Up There?

Squirrel-removalIt’s amazing how cute squirrels can look when they scuttle up trees, because if squirrels are in your attic, they are terror on four legs. Despite the havoc squirrels can cause in a home’s attic, determining whether you have a squirrel problem in the area can be rather difficult. The animals are often skittish and out of sight, but the damage they cause in attics escapes no one’s eye. Below is a list of what squirrels tend to do when they take up residence in the attic of a home.

Chewed Electrical Wires
Squirrels don’t like the taste of plastic wire coverings, much lest the taste of wires the coverings protect. However, they will chew through both materials if they feel the materials inhibit their ability to form a permanent nest in the attic. If squirrels have infested your attic, we’ll implement the most effective solution to stop them.

Damaged Studs and Joists
Because wooden studs exist behind the wall surface, you may think that squirrels would find it cumbersome to inhabit interior wall spaces. Rest assured, they don’t. If necessary to facilitate movement through walls, squirrels will use their powerful teeth to gnaw right through wall studs. Of course, you could always have wood joists replaced with metal ones or ones that are made from tough composites, but these options are far more expensive that using an exterminator.

HVAC Equipment Damage
In some homes, crucial pieces of HVAC equipment are located in the attic space, particularly air handlers that produce cool air that “falls” as it travels through the residence. Depending how the equipment is configured and positioned, squirrels can have field day chewing through its wires and could potentially seek out nesting places in hollow areas inside the equipment housing. In the end, squirrels in the attic could  cause you will heafty bill for repairing HVAC damage.

Unsanitary Health Condition
When homeowners have squirrels in the attic, they often rush to put mesh wire around attic vents to keep the animals from entering, but that won’t do anything about squirrels already inside. Once a squirrel has marked your home as their, they will whatever it take to gain access again. This is why you have to resolve an issue before making any repairs. These squirrels will eventually die due to lack of sustenance, and turn your attic into a makeshift graveyard for the animals. Squirrels aren’t know for creating an unsanitary condition, but that is exactly what can happen if they start to die and decompose in your attic.

Plenty of Annoying Noise
Squirrels are similar to mice and rats in that they creating annoying scratching noises as they claw their way through walls and scamper across ceilings. If you hear these annoying noises at night, don’t call ghostbusters. Save your money and sanity and contact Holpers Pest & Animal Solutions. We have over 30 years of experience removing squirrels from the attics of homes and implementing solutions that help to ensure that the obnoxious problem doesn’t ever return.

Are Squirrels in Your Home?
If so, now is the time to put an end to the problem before your attic becomes the acorn capital of your neighborhood. One of the first signs that squirrels are present is the sound of them scuttling across ceilings and through walls. Many people mistake this as an indicator of a rat problem, but a professional pest and animal control company can tell the difference between the situations.

If you suspect squirrels in the attic are creating their own little neighborhood there, it’s important to be proactive about the problem and contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to put together a plan to resolve the issue.
Whether you suspect that your home has squirrels in the attic or you know for a fact that squirrels are there, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will put together a plan of action to solve any issues you may be having.  To schedule a free inspection of your attic, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com.

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Household Pests: Are Bats Dangerous?

Bats have polar reputations. They are known as blood sucking animals that can attack humans, but they are also known as great mosquito killers and killers of other annoying insects. In fact, some residential owners go so far as to build a bat house on their property in order to cut down inspect populations, but these homeowners could unwittingly cause themselves a bat problem, one that must be addressed by a professional pest company that specializes in bats removal.

Are Bats Dangerous?
Most bats in the U.S. feed on fruit and on insects, so there is a low chance that a bat would swoop in and bite your neck, turning you into one of the immortal undead. However, bats are known to behave erratically when they carry advanced rabies. In this situation, bats may uncommonly strike humans. When this happens, the person goes to the hospital to receive an extended regimen of anti-rabies injections that are rendered by long needles in the posterior.

Are bats dangerous? is also a question to ask for how they physically affect your home. They look for a warm place to roost in the winter, and nothing works quite as well as the insulated attic of a home. Once inside the home, bats cause other problems, such as producing voluminous amounts of feces that can build into large piles beneath positions where bats roost. At best, this is an unsanitary condition that can attract additional insects that feed on the feces. At worst, the guano could dry and release particulate matter that is breathed by those in the residence.

A third reason why bats can be dangerous is that they are hosts for what are known as ”bat bugs”. These bugs look similar to bed bugs, but you can tell the difference by observing them under a microscope. Although bat bugs prefer to draw blood from bats, they have no problem journeying into the human environment when the bat population doesn’t offer enough sustenance. This means that you, your family, and your pets could be hosts for the bugs.

Are bats dangerous? Considering all the havoc they could cause to your home, the answer is a resounding “yes”. This is why, for most people, hiring an exterminator is the best option.

Avoiding Bat Problems
Almost all inner home bat problems start with bats invading the residence in one way or another. One of the most popular places of entry is through unsecured attic spaces that have ventilation windows through which bats can easily fit. Bats can also squeeze through the small openings, where the eave of the house meets the attic space. It only take about ½” of space for bats to gain entry, so it’s imperative to take outside control measures that concern exterior entry points.

Securing your home against household pests such as bat infestations may take a bit of work, but when you consider the potential negative fallout of a bat infestation, the investment is worth it. To discuss bat removal methods and schedule a free inspection of your home to see if it has a bat problem, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to banishing your bat problem, and you help develop a friendlier response to the question: Are bats dangerous?

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Asian Lady Beetles Vs. Ladybugs: How Do They Differ?

Asian lady beetles and ladybugs share quite a few similarities. In addition to coming from the same kingdom and phylum, they also share the same class and order. The insects also look somewhat similar, being roughly the same size and having characteristic dots on top of their shell. However, there are also some distinctive differences between the similar looking bugs.

Physical Differences
The most prominent physical difference between the insects is found on top of their shell. On the portion of the shell that covers the head, Asian lady beetles have markings that appear to form a “W”. Shell color also differs. The shell of an Asian lady beetle is yellowish orange and may not have distinct spots, whereas the shell of a ladybug is red and almost always features black spots.

Body size is another difference. An Asian lady beetle often reaches a length of 7 mm, but a mature lady bug typically reaches a length of 8 to 10 mm. The difference in length is often unnoticeable to the naked eye. Consequently, identifying Asian lady beetles based on their unique markings and color is the generally the best way for homeowners to determine whether the bugs are present.

Behavioral Differences
The biggest behavioral difference between Asian lady beetles and ladybugs is that the former hibernate during cold weather. The hibernation is precipitated by another difference between the insects: Asian lady beetles commonly swarm at the end of the warm season, often congregating on the exterior of light colored houses, particularly on surfaces that receive plenty of sunlight.

The congregation of the insects on the exterior of a home is typically how an Asian lady beetle infestation begins. Although the insects don’t infest a structure in search of food, as ants and roaches do, the will infest a residence in search of a warm place to hibernate for the winter.

Another behavioral difference between ladybugs and Asian lady beetles is the tendency of the
latter to bite humans. Strangely, the bite of an Asian lady beetle rarely seems to be defensive.

Rather, the insects seem to have a natural proclivity to bite the flesh of those on whom they land. The bite of the insect is not very painful, but it can be highly annoying when it starts to happen regularly.

Historical Differences
Unlike the red shelled insect we call a ladybug, the Asian lady beetle didn’t come to American soil naturally. It was purposefully introduced. According to the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the University of Kentucky, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture attempted to establish the Asian lady beetle to control agricultural pests, especially of pecans and apples.”

Asian lady beetles still work well for this purpose, as they dine on pests that enjoying devouring pecans, apples, and other cash crops. However, the protection they offer crops comes at a price: When cold weather hits, the insects are likely to invade the nearest structure that provides warmth. That structure might be a utility shed on a farm, but it could also be your residence.

Have an Asian Lady Beetle Problem?
For homeowners, knowing the difference between the seasonal occurrence of a few Asian lady beetles in the home and a full-blown infestation can be difficult. This is because the majority of an infestation is likely to be located in areas that are hidden away, such as attics, crawl spaces, and inside walls and ceilings. If you think that you have an Asian lady beetle problem in your home or building, Helper’s will perform a careful inspection and let you know the score.

To schedule a free inspection of your home or building for the presence of Asian lady beetles, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com.

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The Best Ways to Avoid a Bat Infestation: Tips From Exterminators

There are two situations that occur in the pest removal industry concerning bats: how to remove bats after they infest a residence, and how to prevent them from infesting the residence again. There are plenty of strategies for both endeavors. In this entry, we take some time to discuss methods that you can use to avoid having bats infiltrate your residence in the first place. Below are a few of the best ways to avoid a bat infestation in your residence as cold weather moves in.

  1. Locates the Points of Entry

Taking this measure isn’t as easy as it sounds. Bats seldom invade holes in residences that are seen at eye level. Rather, they prefer to enter the roof or eaves that hang just beneath it. Locating points of bat entry can be difficult because they don’t appear to be entry points. For example, a 1/2” space between the eave and the underhang is an easy point of entry. Overall, the best approach is to hire an exterminator that knows the best ways to avoid a bat infestation.

  1. Install a Professional Bat House

Bat houses are similar to bird houses; they are specifically for their animal’s of choice to inhabit. Although bat houses can draw more bats to your property, it does so by giving them a perfect place to live in summer and winter months. In addition to helping you avoid bat problems in your home, installing a bat house is a great way to have bats kill mosquitoes and other obnoxious insects from becoming too prevalent around your property during the evening hours.

  1. Accept That Bats Are Natural

When some homeowners see the silhouettes of bats darting through the air at twilight, they start to fear that a bat infestation is brewing and consider implementing the best ways to avoid a bat investigation. However, it’s important to remember that bats live in plenty of natural spaces, as well, and have no intention to enter your residence when warmth are food are available elsewhere. If bats circle the air around your residence, they’re probably just trying to catch bugs.

Dealing With a Bat Infestation?
Bat infestations tend to be more nebulous than infestations by other household pests. This is mainly because bats are seldom seen in the living quarters of residences. However, there are certain that things that make their presence known, such as the presence of bat bags and accumulations of feces on window sills just below where bats roost. If you notice any of these problems, contact us about the best ways to avoid a bat infestation now and in the future.

To schedule a free inspection of your residence inside and out, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to sending your bats back into the wild, where they can play their natural role in the ecosystem without disturbing your home.