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The Perfect Storm – Why is this Fall different from last Fall?

Now that the weather is changing, you might be spending more time outside enjoying your family and friends around a nice fire.  But wait, who invited the mosquitoes this time of year? Because the weather is staying warmer, the mosquitoes are still out in full force.

Let Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions help you to take back your yard  so you can enjoy this Fall.

We are currently offering a special price of $39.95 for your  First Mosquito Treatment (up to a ½ acre, exp. 11/30/2018)!

 

Also, with the weather staying warmer this year, Brown Recluse and other spiders, Elder bugs, Stink Bugs and Asian Lady Beetles are hanging around your home and yard longer and wanting to get in before the weather turns cold. They want to claim your home as theirs.

So, let Holper’s do an exterior Powerspray to create a barrier so pests will not want to inhabit your home. We spray 4 foot up your house and 10 foot out.  Combined with an interior treatment this will fortify your home even more.

It’s a great idea to do this in October and November to keep these unwanted pests out before they move in.

We are currently offering a special Combo price on a Powerspray & Interior Treatment starting at $129!  Offer ends November 30, 2018.

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 314-544-7378 and learning more about Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions!

 

 

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How to Tell the Difference Between Good & Bad Ladybugs

Ladybug vs. Asian Lady Beetle

So, there are 5 distinct differences between the Ladybug and the Asian Lady Beetle.

  • Ladybugs are harmless, they control garden pests, lives outdoors, they are very good for the environment and there is no”M” shape on their back.
  • Asian Lady Beetles are aggressive, harmful to dogs, invades homes, leaves behind an odor/yellow fluid and it has an “M” shaped spot on their back.

It is important to prevent the Asian Lady Beetles from overwintering in your home by spraying the exterior walls during the Fall months. They can come in through small cracks around windows, doorways and under clap boards.  The Beetle is a pest as well as a beneficial insect.  They are really only a pest by their presence. They do not feed or damage anything in the home.  They are not poisonous to humans.  However, they can have toxic effects on some animals.  Their foul odor deters some predators from eating them and their bright colors also help as a deterrent.

Ladybugs only eat the insects that damage your plants in the garden.  Ladybugs do not damage, but they love the “all-you-can-eat buffet” that sap-sucking aphids and other insects provide for them.

Superstitions surround just about everything on the planet, and the ladybug is no exception.  Where and how a superstition begins is always open for a debate, but in the case of the ladybug, more than likely the thought that if you harm a ladybug you would have bad luck was introduced by either a farmer or a flower gardener, both of whom would have good reason to keep young boys from killing the one thing that was allowing them to have a successful crop.

So, even though the common ladybug is native to America, there are people around the world who believe that it is a symbol of good luck.  And, if you are a farmer with hundreds of acres of crops or simply someone who loves to raise a beautiful flower garden, it truly could be, because the ladybug lives to devour aphids, whiteflies and other bugs that wreak havoc on your plants.

 

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, Holper’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) 544-7378, or email us at info@holperspest.com.

 

 

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Fascinating but Scary Facts About Rodents

It’s that time of the season when rodents will be trying to find their way into your home to stay warm and cozy during the winter months.

Rodents, like mice and rats, can seem cute and cuddly in a Disney movie, but they can also be a menace to your property.   Here are some interesting facts about these critters:

  • Their teeth never stop growing. One of the defining characteristics of a rodent is a set of teeth that continuously grow over their lifetime.  Rodents always need something to gnaw on to keep their incisors trimmed, so that’s why they can cause so much damage.
  • A rat’s teeth and jaws can gnaw through substances as hard as lead sheeting and cinder block.
  • The fear of mice and rats is scientifically called “musophobia”, from the Lain word “mus” meaning “mouse”. It is also known as “murophobia”, from the word “murine”. This word comes from “Muridae”, the scientific term for the family of animals that includes mice and rats.
  • Mice and rats can spread at least 35 diseases to humans, according to the CDC. These diseases include salmonellosis, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever.  The infections may be spread through droppings, urine, saliva, rodent bites, or through fleas or ticks that have fed on an infected rodent.
  • A female mouse can have up to 15 litters in one year, and can get pregnant again 24 hours after giving birth. For one mouse, the average litter size is 10-12.  They can start to reproduce at only six weeks of age, so it doesn’t take long for a few mice to create an infestation.
  • Rats can squeeze through openings as small as 13 mm in diameter – about half an inch!
  • Because they can get fluids from foods, many rodents can survive a long time without drinking water.
  • Rats are vulnerable to peer pressure, just like humans. Scientists found that rats will force themselves to eat food they don’t like if they know that some of their fellow rats have eaten it.
  • Rats are among the smartest animals on the planet, often ranked in the company of dolphins and chimpanzees. They can memorize routes and solve a puzzle, which means they can often find their way back into a shelter if their “usual” entrance has been blocked off.
  • Don’t try to get rid of a rat by flushing it down the toilet. They can hold their breath for a long time and tread water for as long as three days.

Worried about rodents infesting your home?  Call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.

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!

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Destructive Termites in St. Louis

– Are they living in your walls?

Termite swarms show up in early spring months to find their way into your home before you know it.

When you do see them, it is critical for your Holper’s Pest Control Tech to identify the species of destructive termites so they can formulate an appropriate control program.  Here in Missouri, the main destructive termite species is the Eastern Subterranean Termite.

Eastern Subterranean Termites are highly destructive to Douglas fir and other common building timbers. They can rapidly eat out the internal sections of structural timbers – devouring mainly the spring wood.  As a result, infested timbers are often left as a thin shell with a honey-comb of layered hollow sections packed with moist soil.  These termites love a moist dark damp environment – it is essential for their survival.   It is estimated that more than 1 in 5 homes in the high activity areas, have been or will be attacked by these insects.

If you find these termites DO NOT disturb them!  These termites have acute survival instincts. If they are shaken up or disturbed, they will often abandon the associated area and move on to secretly cause damage in other areas in the building.  They constantly search for new food sources. They are known to enter buildings through cracks in concrete flooring or to travel under parquetry or tile flooring through gaps of less than 1/16” wide.  They travel in mud shelter tubes as protection from predators, sun burn and dehydration to maintain a high humidity environment which is essential for their survival.

Let Holper’s help give you peace of mind that your home is pest free!

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will treat your home with the same care as we treat our own, and we take real pride in helping to solve all of your pest control problems.  Call us today at 314 732-1413.

 

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Conquering Moles, Voles & Other Pests

The Biology of…

House Mouse

House Mouse

Mice-

are classified as omnivores, preferring seeds and grains. The weight of a mouse averages ½ ounce.  The length varies from 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches, including the tail which measures three to four inches.
Breeding occurs all year long.  Sexually maturity occurs six to 10 weeks following birth.  Females may deliver five to 10 litters per year, yielding five to six young each.

Voles-

meadow-voleare classified as herbivores.  Body weight average one to two ounces.  The Length of a vole varies by species and ranges from three to seven inches.

Breeding occurs year round.  Females reach sexual maturity approximately35 days after birth and may produce young 21 days following the first birth.

Voles live in colonies.  The entrance to vole tunnel is typically one inch in diameter.  The tunnels average ¾ inch by one inch wide; having the appearance of bicycle tracks.

Moles-

mole-removal-servicesare classified as insectivores, eating 80-100% of their body weight each day.  The diet of mole consists of earthworms, but may include grubs and other insects.  Moles can travel as much as 100 feet per day.

Females have one litter per year in early spring yielding two to five young.  A second litter may occur in late summer.  The young are encouraged to leave the nest approximately one to three months after birth and become territorial.

So, why am I telling you all of this?  Because, I want you to know there are pests in many different shapes and sizes invading and destroying your beautiful manicured lawn in many different ways!  And, as you can see, these pests will keep on breeding and turn your yard into their own personal “Golden Corral” if you let them.

The Good News is…You’ve come to the right place! 

You’ve come to the Home of the Mole Hunter.

Not every pest company gets to boast that they have “The Mole Hunter” as their president, but we do! Jeff Holper, passes on his knowledge to all of our technicians so that your lawn will benefit as your moles are added to the more than 50,000 moles already caught by Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. For voles or mice, the Holper’s process begins with a thorough inspection and is followed with a personalized treatment program combining the elements of professional services that your situation requires.

Let the Mole Hunter give you your yard and peace of mind back, when you contact Holper’s at 314-732-1413!

 

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Stink Bugs…Do They Bite?

Normally, they do not.  However, they will bite if they feel threatened. The bite area may have some swelling or rash and may feel painful, but harmless. Even though a stink bugs’ bite is usually treated as a non-poisonous bite for adults, it may prove poisonous for small children and pets.  Some people relate their pungent smelling liquid with that of poison, but Stink Bugs emit a foul smelling liquid only to deter predators.

What Attracts Stink Bugs?

Food and environment both have attractions for stink bugs. They are mostly attracted by fruit plants and crops.  Their major hosts are cucumber, tomato, dogwood, citrus, and sunflower.  Just to name a few.  They damage plants and transfer plant-pathogens.   They can also use beetle larvae or caterpillars as hosts.  This is all about their eating habits in summer; since they do not generate their heat on their own, they have to rely on external surroundings to keep themselves warm.   Therefore they remain hibernate in cold seasons.

Stink Bug Invasion in Homes

Adult Stink Bugs invade homes right before the winter.  They hide in your home in a state of hibernation during the winter season.  Generally, they take advantage of cracks around windows and door trims, under or behind baseboards, and around exhaust fans or lights in the ceiling.   If you see a stink bug in your home, never crush them!  It will force them to eject foul smell which tempts other bugs to invade your home.

The best possible way to eradicate them is to hire a professional exterminator.

We are currently offering special prices on Power Sprays starting at $69.00 for the exterior of your home!  Offer ends October 31, 2018.

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!

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What’s biting me? Chiggers, Ticks, Mosquitoes

We are currently offering a special price of $39.95 for your First Mosquito Treatment (up to a ½ acre, exp 12/31/2018)!

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!

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BED BUGS: Teensy Mutant Travelers

Bed bugs are small.  And they get EVERYWHERE:  deep into clutter, upholstery and every nook and cranny from fabric seams to crew holes.

Bed bug bites are often mistaken for mosquito bites or bites from other insects, and some people show no reaction at all to bed bug bites. So it’s no wonder they go undetected for long periods.
However, if you know the right place to look, you may be able to spot bed bugs. Adult bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye—no equipment is required. Check:
  1. Headboards
  2. Bedside tables
  3. Ceiling/wall junctions
  4. Loose wallpaper or paneling
  5. Wherever you find a crease or crevice near where a person sleeps. This includes baseboards, mattress seams and personal belongings
If you are interested in keeping your home free from bed bugs, read our blog post on “How to Prevent Bed Bugs” today!
Signs of Bats

What Are Signs You Have Bats In Your Home?

Hearing high-pitched chirping noises or scratching in your walls or ceilings? Finding droppings around your foundation that seem to be below soffit gaps or vents? You might very well be harboring bats in your home! We covered important information on this subject last July in a blog you can access here, “Do I Have Bats in My Attic”?

Is St. Louis Experiencing More Wasps This Summer?

It sure seems like we’ve been hearing about significantly more stings from wasps this summer. Maybe you’re experiencing that, too. Do you know how to tell a wasp from other stinging insects? Do you know how to recognize a wasp nest? Why are we seeing so many wasps this year? Most importantly, do you know who can help you get rid of your wasp problem? You’re about to find out!

The ABCs of Wasps

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions gets a lot of calls about wasps, primarily about the European wasp, which is fairly new to St. Louis. These wasps resemble yellow jackets in color (yellow and black striped), but European wasps are about 1¼ inches long (½” longer than a yellow jacket). Also, like yellow jackets, wasps have pointed stingers capable of multiple stings. Ouch!

European wasps make a cone-shaped paper nest that often is built under overhangs of houses and inside the hollow fencing around pools. Sheltered areas, like soffits and corners, are prime real estate for their nests, too. Their nests can hold up to 75 wasps, and like you, wasps are very protective of their homes. European wasps are extremely aggressive, and need no provocation to attack. Remember, an angry wasp can sting you over and over, and it will!

Why So Many Wasps? 

You’ve probably noticed more wasps, and other stinging insects, in your yard this year. Wasp populations fluctuate from year to year–warmer winters mean less die-off of insect pests, like the wasp. No doubt you are seeing more of all the stinging pests, as well as other insects this season. They are everywhere!

 

Take The Sting Out of Summer With Holper’s! 

While it is impossible to guarantee stinging pests won’t stop by for a visit this summer, a professional inspection done by Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions provides results! We show you not only where wasps and other stinging insects are staking claim to your home or yard, but also where they are likely to take up residence with you! Nest removal, followed by regularly timed treatments for stinging insects, will help your family have a more enjoyable summer by reducing the chance of stinging insects building nests in or near your home. Want to take the sting out of summer? Let Holper’s show you how we take GREAT care of St. Louis area homes. Call 314-732-1413 today!