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Why are Mice Moving into your House this Fall?

As the leaves are turning red, orange and yellow, the air is filled with the smells of apple cider and temperatures are dropping; rodents are looking for a warm home with heat and a food source.

They will find creative ways to enter your home; through cracks in walls, open windows and doors, vents, pipes, you name it and they will try it!

Here are some ways to keep the rodents from wanting to make your home theirs.

Keep up with landscaping chores – Keep your plants and leaves away from the foundation of your house.  Not raking up leaves that pile against the foundation is an open invitation to small rodents. They can hide in the vegetation while searching for an opening. Keep plants and accumulated leaves at least 2 feet away from your home. Don’t allow debris to collect against the house.

Prepare your house for the cool weather –   It’s time to inspect your house for cracks, check your weather-stripping and other areas for weakness.  Make sure you seal any cracks around windows and doors, even check where you may have had repaired done last season.

Rodent-proof your exterior – Check the exterior of your home for any weaknesses where mice would be able to crawl right into your home.  Check to see if holes around cable wires or plumbing have been properly sealed. Rodents are known to crawl up sewage pipes and plumbing, so seal off around the areas where these pipes enter your home.

Make your home inhospitable to rodents – For rodent prevention and rodent control, it is critical to employ a reputable pest control company, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Our expert service begins with a thorough inspection to develop a treatment plan for your specific problem. Techniques and materials used always reflect the latest technologies and professional grade products. Your home will be treated with a personalized combination of baited rodent stations, monitored rodent stations, rodent traps, and repairs to entry points.

It is important to note that all rodent droppings are a biohazard and should only be cleaned up by professionals using proper safety equipment, especially in the case of white-footed deer mouse droppings, which are linked to the deadly Hantavirus.

We at Holper’s look forward to providing you with successful rodent prevention and rodent control. Please call 314-544-7378 to set up your appointment today.

 

Enjoy your Holiday Season – Let Holper’s take care of all your Holiday Lighting!

With the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season approaching quickly, let Holper’s help check a few items off your To Do List!

Not only can we help with your home’s pest control throughout the year, but Holper’s can assist you with hanging your holiday lights and Decorations, so you don’t have to!

You love having beautiful lighting displays on your home during the holidays, but getting from the vision in your head to actually having every light in place can be fraught with pitfalls.

Holper’s Holiday Lights – a division of Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions – will hang holiday lights on your home or building and save you from some major risks, such as…

Lack of Experience – If you don’t have experience with holiday lighting installation, things could go wrong.    Without proper knowledge, exceeding the load rating of outlets that conduct electricity is a real possibly.  It can also lead to installing strings of lights that contain fire hazards that you don’t notice. We handle the entire installation, so you needn’t worry about those things!

Ladder Woes – If you don’t have much experience using a ladder to access high, difficult-to-reach places on the exterior of your house, don’t take the risk of ruining your holidays by falling from a ladder! You’ll spend your holidays in traction, instead of spending them with friends and family. Let our experienced holiday light installers handle the job for you.

Running Out of Time – As the holiday season approaches, many have good intentions of getting their lights and decorations up in a timely manner.  As our lives get busier and busier, the fantasy of having plenty of time can turn into disappointment when there is simply too much to do in a short about of time.  So, what do you do?

The Benefits of Holper’s Holiday Lights – Holper’s has you covered every step of the way in the holiday lighting process. We do it all – design, installation, maintenance, takedown and storage. This ensures your lighting investment is ready to be re-installed the following season.

For years Holper’s Holiday Lights has helped property owners create and hang beautiful, professionally-installed lighting arrangements that capture the spirit of the season.

To schedule an appointment for a free estimate, call us today at 314 629-5483. With Holper’s as your trusted Holiday installer, you can spend more time enjoying the holidays!

 

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Welcome to St. Louis Weather…Just wait a day and it will change!

It was just last week when it still felt like Summer and customers were talking about mosquitoes invading their yards. Now that Fall weather is here to stay, we have customers calling and asking what to do with those Stink Bugs, Elderbox Bugs and Asian Lady Bugs all trying to get into your home before Winter comes.
We are currently offering special prices on Power Sprays starting at $69.00 for the exterior of your home! Offer ends October 31, 2018. Call today to schedule you appointment! 314-732-1413

Read more about Stink Bugs here:

Read more about Asian Lady Beetles and Lady Bugs here:

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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

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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

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!