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Termite Prevention

Your home is likely your biggest investment. It is also a sitting target for hungry, destructive termites. Learning about this devastating invader and taking proactive termite prevention measures are both key steps to protecting your home. Without termite prevention, getting termites is a matter of when, not if. Learn more about termites and termite prevention:

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What Should I Do When I Have Mice In My Home?

If you have recently found evidence of mice in your home, you are in good company. We are currently experiencing a large increase in inquiries for mice removal and control. While professional trapping and bait stations are required to completely solve the issue, there are a few things you can do to help make your home less attractive to mice:

  • Take down bird feeders in your yard. The ground underneath a birdfeeder becomes a buffet for mice, who then go back inside your home for shelter.
  • Make sure your counters and floors are always free of crumbs to avoid attracting mice and other pests.
  • Check pantries and cupboards to make sure all food is stored in airtight containers to keep unwanted bugs and rodents out.
  • Call Holper’s at 314-732-1413 to get your professional rodent removal process started!
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Moles vs. Ground Squirrels

Having nuisance wildlife is not fun. Finding the damage is usually the first step. Figuring out what caused it is the next step, and unless you have seen the culprit firsthand, some helpful clues will be handy. How do you know what type of nuisance wildlife is leaving damage in its wake? What are the damages left behind when considering moles vs. ground squirrels. NOTE: In Missouri, we do not have Ground Squirrels. Chipmunks are what people in Missouri tend to call Ground Squirrels!

mole-servicesThe Signs A Mole is Your Suspect 

  • Your yard will show signs of convex tunnels. These tunnels can cause brown lines in the grass as roots are exposed to air or damaged by the burrowing itself. These tunnels can make lawn mowing a difficulty.
  • You will see signs of molehills. Molehills are circular mounds of dirt which actually surround a vertical shaft. The molehills are usually marked by round ripple marks, which are created as moles push a new load of soil to the surface as they burrow in your yard.

chipmunk-holesThe Signs a Chipmunk is Your Suspect 

  • You may see 1-inch holes in the ground.
  • You may see entry holes leading underneath concrete slabs, such as patios or front porches.
  • Do you have missing flower bulbs? Chipmunks think they taste great!

How Do I Get Rid of These Things? 

Trapping by a professional is essential to solve your problems. The wildlife technicians of Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions are trapping experts and will get rid of your pests to give you peace of mind. Holper’s also will repair the damage done by the offending critters to give you back your home. Whether it is nuisance wildlife, or insects and spiders, one call to Holper’s gets your pest control needs handled. Trust our 32 years in the greater St. Louis area to take care of your home. Call us at 314-732-1413.

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Will Bed Bugs Die On Your Body?

You just never know what is on people’s minds! One recent question we received was, “Will bed bugs die on your body?” We are happy to tell you that no, bed bugs will not die on your body. They are actually energized by feeding on you! That is literally their lifeblood!

For more information on bed bugs, read our recent blog, How to Prevent Bed Bugs.

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Why You Need a Professional for Bat Remediation

In this age of DIYers, an Internet search will show you steps to handling almost any type of situation yourself. But there will always exist “how-to” instructions that are best left to professionals only. If you are tempted to search for “how to get rid of bats” or “what do I need to do to get rid of bats”, don’t! Bat remediation is one of those occasions where professionals are necessary. The safety of you and your family depends on it!

bat remediationBat remediation involves trapping, testing, clean up, and sealing points of entry. Trapping of any animal is best left to a professional trapper, and even more so in the case of bats. Bats found inside the home’s living area must be tested for rabies to ensure that all who live in the house can be excluded from a series of uncomfortable injections. If the bat is not trapped properly, and intact, it cannot be tested; therefore, the injections to all dwellers may be necessary to ensure their safety. Further complicating the bat remediation process is the stage of clean up. Guano, which is bat excrement, is dangerous when inhaled. Only trained professionals with the proper safety gear can safely remove guano from your home and leave no trace of it lingering in the air you and your family breathe. And professionals are needed to find all potential points of entry to seal to keep the bats out.

If you want to learn more about bat remediation, and how to keep bats away in the first place, read our blog from September:

An Ounce of Prevention: How To Keep Bats Away

How to Prevent Bed Bugs

The thought of an insect crawling on you while you sleep makes most people squirm.  As unsettling as the thought is, the reality becomes worse if you discover the bug crawling on you is a bed bug. A discovery of that nature quickly leads to wondering how to prevent bed bugs.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

bed-bug-treatmentsLess than ¼” long, adult bed bugs are flat, wingless, oval-shaped insects which are brown in color. Younger bed bugs are lighter in color and tinier. The eggs that bed bugs lay are minute and white in color.  It is important to know how bed bugs live and eat to properly eradicate them. Bed bugs at all phases of development need a blood meal to advance to the next stage.  Their favorite meal source is a sleeping human or animal.  A single feeding can supply life to a bed bug for up to an entire year.

How Do Bed Bugs Spread?

Bed bug mobility is accomplished by attaching to, and catching a ride on, clothing, bedding, furniture, and luggage.  They expand their territory by letting you take them there!

Bed Bug Bites

bed-bug-eggsWhile not known carriers of any diseases, bites do cause allergic reactions such as redness, swelling, and itching in some people.  Infection and scarring can arise as a result of scratching the bite. Since the majority of people do not react to bed bug bites, the colony of bed bugs living in your mattress grows unchecked for a long period of time.  The bigger the infestation, the harder it is to treat all the areas where they have spread.

Bed Bug Bombs and Other Ineffective Treatments

It is common for homeowners to try a DIY approach. If you want to bomb out in your attack on bed bugs, use a bed bug bomb! Bed bug bombs are often tried first with the erroneous belief that the fog will penetrate all areas to kill the bed bugs. In actuality, it cannot reach the cracks and crevices where the bugs and eggs are hidden. Other ineffective treatments include boric acid, household bug sprays, Lysol-type products, household chemicals and bleach.

Holper’s Expertise With Bed Bug Services

Your advantage in using Holper’s begins with the inspection process. The extent to which the infestation has spread will determine the treatment plan your technician creates for you, as all infestations are unique.  The infestation size will also determine how long it will take to eradicate the bed bugs. As St. Louis leaders in bed bug control, Holper’s has found heat to be an unnecessary (and often unsuccessful) step in the treatment process, potentially saving homeowners thousands of dollars. Using integrated pest management (IPM) Holper’s utilizes the most up-to-date technologies and materials available to pest management professionals to eradicate your infestation without the disruption of a heat treatment.

Holper’s is nearing the launch of its Bed Bug Protection Plus service. Holper’s is so confident of the effectiveness of the technology and materials used in this treatment plan that they will be guaranteeing you will never get bed bugs or they will treat your home for free!

Preventing Future Infestations

bedbugsThe quest for how to prevent bed bugs is difficult because of their tiny size, night feeding, and ability to hitchhike. Finding bed bugs early is the key to preventing their spread. Here are a few ways you can lessen the likelihood of infestation or re-infestation:

  • Watch carefully for signs of bed bugs: waking up with bites; seeing live bugs; or finding dark red or black spots on bedding, carpets, walls, and furniture.
  • Paint and/or caulk near sleeping areas – such as along baseboards, windows and bed frames – to seal hiding spots.
  • Closely inspect used furniture before bringing it into your home. Look for signs of infestations in cushions, zippers, seams, and underneath (including springs and frames). If possible, use a magnifying glass. Beware of items left in alleys and dumpsters!
  • Thoroughly inspect your surroundings when staying in an unfamiliar place. Bed bugs can hitch a ride home on your clothing or luggage.

Most importantly, Holper’s bed bug treatments applied on a regular schedule greatly lessen your possibility of infestation. Holper’s will take care of you every step of the way until you are free of bed bugs. So put down that bed bug bomb and call 314-732-1413 because Holper’s knows how to prevent bed bugs.

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Why Are Mice Such A Problem This Year?

Mice, mice, everywhere! Or at least that seems to be the case in the St. Louis region right now. What is going on to create such a bumper crop of rodents here? More importantly, what are steps to take to get rid of mice and keep them away?

Why so many mice?

Given that last winter was a mild one, far more mice than usual survived to the warm weather. And they have bred and increased exponentially during the spring, summer, and early fall to give us the population explosion that we are currently experiencing. They are looking for shelter in the colder months, so many homeowners who have never before experienced a rodent problem are dealing with this nasty pest for first time. While some might be tempted to think the mice are traveling in packs, it is merely the sheer number of mice present which gives that illusion.

What Are Steps To Keep My House Mouse-Free? 

  • Prevention is always the best policy! Have your home inspected by a pest control professional to determine any potential access points where mice could enter. A mouse needs an opening only the size of a dime to take up residence in your home.
  • Mice can climb gutters and enter at the roofline, so having an inspection that includes the roof is a wise move.
  • Your attic might be providing a habitat for mice without you knowing it until the infestation becomes huge. An attic inspection is worth the time to make sure your home is yours, and yours alone.
  • Keep baited rodent stations around the perimeter of the home year round. You want the mice to feed outside of your home and expire there, which is why we don’t use bait inside the home.
  • Don’t waste time trying purported home remedies, such as herbs, to get rid of mice. You’ll delay the inevitable call to a professional while allowing the population increase to continue.

Why Should I Call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions? 

Good question! Holper’s has been successfully keeping St. Louis area homes pest-free for over 32 years! Let our decades of experience help give you peace of mind all year long. Call us today at 314-732-1413! We look forward to serving you.

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That’s So Unusual: Unique Pest Control Needs

There are certain pest control needs that you hear about all the time: spiders, mice, ants, moles, squirrels, bed bugs, etc. But there are other pest and wildlife control issues that while rarer, are no less problematic for the property owner dealing with them. Whether it is snake nest removal, shrew control, or opossum removal, we can share with you our expertise on all things pest and wildlife control!

How Do You Handle Snake Nest Removal?

“Snake nest” is actually a misnomer. Snakes do not make nests. Most people think they have a nest when they see one or two young snakes. In reality, they are just looking for a warm place to stay when the weather turns colder. As the temperatures drop, snakes will look for den sites to enter into brumation, a hibernation-like state. The den will need to have a balance of heat, ventilation, and moisture. Most snakes will reuse the same den site annually.

Successful snake removal is always accomplished by professional trapping.

What Can I Do For Shrew Control? 

Most people who think they have shrews actually have voles. Voles are far more populous in our area than shrews. Regardless of which it is though, we can handle it!

Shrews are in the same family as moles–they are insectivores. (Curiously though, the treatment to successfully control shrews mirrors the treatment for voles, which are rodents.) To get rid of your shrews, a trained technician will bait any holes made by the shrews, as well as put out baited stations around the perimeter of the house and in any problem landscaped areas. This will cover all the bases to get rid of shrews tearing up your yard.

What Can Be Done For Opossum Removal?

Opossums are another wildlife pest that show up every now and again in our area. Opossums don’t build their own nests; instead, they take up residence in vacant nests left behind by other wildlife. Their favorite places to look for nesting are under porches and decks, so keeping those areas clean and free of old animal nests will reduce your likelihood of this problem. If you do have an opossum that has taken up residence under your porch, professional trapping will be the course of action that needs to be taken to remove your unwanted guests.

Holper’s Does It All!

Whether your problem is an everyday critter or something a little more rare like snake nest removal, shrew control, or opossum removal, Holper’s has your solution! With over three decades of excellent service to St. Louis homeowners and business owners, Holper’s really can do it all. Call us today at 314-732-1413 and we will gladly come to your rescue!

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If I Get Bed Bugs, Do I Need to Change My Mattress?

Good question! The first reaction that many people have when they discover bed bugs is to throw out everything they have–an understandable knee-jerk reaction. The thought of bed bugs in your mattress causes discomfort when wondering how you’d ever feel relaxed again in your bed!

But there is good news! There is no need to go to that extreme with your mattress. Once the infestation has been eradicated over the course of the few necessary treatments (to cover all stages of the bed bug growth cycle), there are two preventative measures you can take to protect your mattress from being infested again. A mattress encasement is one option to take for proactive action against future bed bugs. As the name implies, an encasement fully encloses your mattress. This encasement should be laundered a minimum of every three months.

But even easier mattress protection option exists and Holper’s is proud to provide it! ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are installed on the box spring, without the hassle of trying to maneuver a mattress inside of an encasement every three months. There is a minute level of bed bug insecticide in the liner that is completely safe to people and pets, but lethal to bed bugs. One of these protectors lasts up to two years and is much easier to deal with than a full encasement.

To order your ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions at 314-732-1413! We can take care of ALL your pest and wildlife control needs.