Don’t Let The Ants March Right Into Your Home!

If summer has brought ants marching into your house, we’re sure you are anxious to get rid of them fast. No one wants an ant infestation to ruin their summer!

Ants have replaced roaches as the number one pest problem in the United States, and it is a common pest found in Missouri homes and businesses.

More than 10,000 species of ants have been discovered worldwide and in North American there are about 200 species of ants. Unfortunately, controlling ants is not always a simple process.

An ant infestation can have nothing to do with how clean or dirty your home is and more to do with how close your home is to their colony. Ants come out searching for food and a place to set up a home. You do not want to make your house the place they can do that!

It is important to know what species of ant you are dealing with to find the nest, know what sources of food are attracting them and understand which management methods are most effective.

It is important to work with a professional pest management company to keep any pest issues under control. Different approaches are used in different situations. Most of the time, it will be a combination of interior and exterior treatments, sealing up entry points around the home as well as keeping regulators near the home to control the populations.

Damage from ants vary. Sometimes it is just a nuisance, but other times ants may do things like infest food sources or weaken wood within your home. Pharaoh ants are known to transmit disease organisms like Staphylococcus in places like hospital settings.

If you have ant problems brewing, it is essential to have a pest control expert assess the situation and help you before it gets out of hand. Call our offices today for a free consultation.

Deadly Tick-Born Virus, Powassan Virus, Emerging

A relatively new and rare tick-borne disease is popping up where ticks are found­. The potentially life-threatening virus, Powassan virus, is carried and transmitted by three types of ticks. With the warmer winter, the tick population continues to increase and concerns grow.

While a tick must be attached for at least 24 hours typically to transmit Lyme disease, health experts are warning that this virus can be transmitted much faster.

Many infected with Powassan virus do not develop any symptoms, and the intubation period lasts from one week to one month. Unfortunately, for those who do, the effects can be deadly. The virus can infect the central nervous symptoms, causing encephalitis and meningitis. Symptoms of infection tend to be “flu-like” and include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties and seizures.

Obviously, it is best to try to prevent ticks from biting you. Try wearing long sleeves and pants when able and use insect repellant. Make sure to conduct thorough tick checks after being outdoors as well. If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible.

You can also help reduce the tick populations in your yard by following Centers for Disease Control recommendations. First of all, make sure to remove leaf litter. Clear tall grasses and brush around home and at the edge of lawns. It is helpful to place a 3-foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to limit ticks migrating to recreational areas.

Mow the lawn regularly and keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from the yard edges and trees. When you stack your wood, make sure to stack it neatly and in a dry area.

Remove any old furniture or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide. Finally, discouraging larger unwelcome animals from entering your yard by constructing a fence.

If you are experiencing any type of pest issues, it is crucial to speak with our experts for a free consultation today.

Find out more about the Powassan Virus on the CDC site.

 

 

 

 

Termite Control Options

Many termite control options are available.

No one wants to discover they have termites! Termites are not only pesky. They can cause extensive damage if left untreated or not caught soon enough. It is important to look at your termite control options.

Our experts can work on making your home termite free through a variety of termite control options. Our experts can help remove any condition conducive to termites, apply non-repellant termiticide treatments as well as wood treatments, monitor and bait termites and finally repair termite damage.

First of all, you need to fix any area that may be attractive to termites and termite activity. This means identifying areas like leaks from garden spouts, gaps in windows and doors along with any areas that have contact with the wood to the soil that may be conducive to termite populations.

Next, our experts can apply traditional termite treatments around the perimeter of the home. These termite control treatments are designed so termites take it back to their colonies and kill more termites there. Wood treatments may be helpful, but are most helpful as part of pre-construction treatments. In certain situations, they may be suitable in an existing home as well.

Finally, we can monitor for new termites with a termite monitoring system. A termite monitor system works like a home security system against termites. We can monitor termite activity and stop it before it becomes a problem in your home.

We offer a structural termite damage warranty, which includes damages of up to $100,000 as well as structural damage repair work. We can do a free inspection of your home and will give you a written inspection report, suggestions for prevention, a written cost estimate as well estimates to help keep the termites away.

If you think you may have a termite problem, the time to act is now. Call us today for a free, initial consultation.

Take Steps To Reduce The Mosquito Population

With all the recent flooding, it is safe to assume certain bug populations like mosquitos may have large populations this year.

Since large bodies of water attract disease-carrying mosquitos, actions you take now may help reduce the issues you have later in the summer.

Did you know, mosquito larvae take only a couple of weeks to become adults? Adult females can lay up to 100 eggs at a time, so by ignoring a small problem, it can quickly grow out of control. Mosquitos can transmit diseases like West Nile virus, equine encephalitis and more.

Combatting nuisance mosquitos around your home is crucial to keeping the populations under control. Make sure you take steps to eliminate where mosquitos live and breed. Check all your drainage and make sure your land is draining as it should. If you have a swimming pool, make sure to keep the water treated and circulating.

Empty and change water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools and other areas in your yard t destroy potential mosquitos habitats. Also make sure you eliminate any standing water in gutters, tarps and toys.

Taking steps to make sure all of your screens are tight fitting and free of holes, using repellants when necessary and wearing long sleeves and pants when heading outside where there are high mosquito populations can help you deal with them less and keep you safe.

The experts at ASAP can offer suggestions of steps you can take to reduce mosquito populations near your home as well as apply a barrier pesticide treatment to areas where mosquitos may hide out during the day.

Mosquitos can be a nuisance, but do not have to take the fun out of your summer.

If you suspect you have a mosquito problem, call our offices today. We can send a tech out for a free consultation. Take steps now to enjoy your summer ahead!

Abnormally Warm Spring & Winter Will Bring Increased Pests

Graphic From: National Pest Management Association

The warmer temperatures across the region with sporadic extreme winter weather coupled with an abnormally warm spring may give tick and mosquito populations an early boost in the Midwest this year. Those along with early termite swarms, may create bigger-than-normal pest populations, according to the annual spring Bug Barometer report forecasted by the National Pest Management Association.

With the forecasted abnormally warm spring and the mild winter temperatures across most the United States, pest populations are expected to thriven the months ahead. The NPMA forecasts that dry spring and summer weather will bring increased ant activity around homes earlier than usual and the warmer weather will cause mosquito eggs to hatch sooner.

You can help protect your home by taking preventative actions now. As your local pest control company in St. Louis with more than 30 years of pest control experience, ASAP is committed to providing you with professional, effective pest control, termite control and wildlife removal services at affordable prices.

We offer free inspections, 10 percent off to new customers and $25 off for current customers who refer a friend.

Our experts can come to your home and inspect to identify any problem and potential problem areas. We will come up with a plan that fits both your needs and your budget.

In the meantime, you can take other steps to help protect your home. No one should have to spend the summer fighting unwanted visitors! Call today for your free consultation.

Basics About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is carried by infected blacklegged ticks and Western blacklegged ticks and passed onto people when ticks feed off a human. They can attach to any part of the body, but often attach to hard-to-see areas like the groin, armpits and scalp. Usually a tick must be attached for at least 36 to 48 hours to transit Lyme disease.

Credit: CDCAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, most often people are bitten by immature ticks called nymphs, which are usually less than 2 mm. Because of their size, they are difficult to detect, whereas larger ticks are more likely to be detected. The nymphs are most active in the spring and summer, while the adult ticks are most active in the cooler months of the year.

Lyme disease can be especially worrisome when a pregnant woman is infected. If she is promptly treated, mom and baby should suffer no adverse affects, but if treatment is delayed, the infection may lead to an infection of the placenta or stillbirth.

Ticks need a blood meal and therefore a new host at every stage in order to survive. They go from eggs to larva to nymphs to adults who eventually lay eggs again.

The best way to keep the tick population down, is to protect against it early in the season. The steps you take to help control other pests will help protect you from large tick populations in your yard.

  • Remove leaf litter.
  • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
  • Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Mow the lawn frequently.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents).
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
  • Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
  • Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.

If you are concerned about ticks or other pests in your yard, call the experts at ASAP Pest Control today. We can access your situation and help prevent possible problems.

The Truth About Moles

As the weather warms, you can just picture your time outside. The BBQ rolling for your family and friends with everyone laughing and jumping into the pool and hanging out through warmer nights. When you think of that time with those you love, it’s probably safe to say you do not dream of having mounds of tunnels crisscrossing your yard.  Unfortunately, moles and voles can wreak havoc on your well planned and beautiful yard.

Moles can cause extensive damage quickly because they can tunnel up to 18 feet an hour. They rely on their sense of touch to survive and prefer moist, soft soil. They eat mostly earthworms, but also other insects found in the soil.

Unfortunately, if you have had mole problems in the past, you are more likely to continue to have them in the future. If your yard backs up to open fields or wooded areas, you are also more likely to attract moles or if your neighbor has a mole problem, it is not difficult for them to migrate over to your yard.

Our experts will begin with a yard inspection to determine the depth of the infestation and create a plan to best eradicate the problem for you. After the moles are under control, we can continue to monitor your yard for any signs of new mole activity.

At All Seasons, All Pests, we guarantee 100 percent satisfaction with our mole removal services or your money back, no questions asked. Our experts can come out today for a free inspection and estimate. Call today and get your yard under control!

Best DIY Spring Pest Control Tips

As spring arrives and bugs awaken, it is crucial to take steps in your spring pest control to make sure you do not spend your whole summer dealing with unwanted pests.

First of all, make sure you fix all leaks and remove standing water. Pests thrive where water is present. Standing water in flower pots and toys may become a quick breeding ground for mosquitoes. One important step is to make sure all gutters are cleaned out several times a year. If you skip this step, you may inadvertently attract bug populations.

Secondly, everyone knows you don’t want to leave your picnic out after the meal is finished or your trash in an open container, but take care to store all types of food sources. This may include items like birdseed, vegetables you grow in your garden as well as things like pet food.

You may consider treating the perimeter of your home, keeping bugs outside and not encouraging them to enter your home for a better environment. You can find many types of insecticide at your local home improvement stores and by spraying them generously, you can help prevent insects from entering your home.

As we have mentioned before, an important step in spring pest control is making sure any outside debris is cleaned up. Still have leaves from last year or old, dead plants you never got around to disposing of?Take an afternoon and complete that clean-up.

Inspecting your home for cracks in the home and tears in your screens is also a small, but easy step that will go a long way in keeping bugs out.

If you find you have an infestation, you may want to speak with our experts to find out ways we can help you keep your home pest-free.

Beware Of Waking Pests

All sorts of critters wake up as spring arrive including ladybugs, boxelder bugs and cluster flies and others who may have made your home, theirs.

Even though you may have thought you were pest free during the winter, as the temperatures warm and bugs become more active, you may realize you have some issues to deal with. Some bugs that normally stay outside can work their way inside. If they do, you may have to take steps to make sure they do not stay.

The first signs you have any of these pests will not appear until temperatures warm. If a sunny window or door of your home is crowded on a warm day, you will likely see many of the pests gather there.

If you already have an infestation, you will want to call and speak with our experts to remediate the problem as soon as possible.  To prevent future infestations, consider the following actions.

Make sure to replace any broken or torn window screens if you are ready to open the windows.

Declutter and deep clean your house. Pests love to make their homes in piles of clutter. By doing so, you make it more difficult for them to find a suitable place to bunk down. By cleaning and keeping your residence clean, pests will not use you as a reliable food source.

Outside, you want to trim back any bushes and tree branches away from the home so pests cannot just walk right in. You need to make sure mulch does not cover your foundation, creating more places for them to hide as well.

If you have noticed issues with pests or are concerned you may have some, call our offices today. Our experts can review your situation and give you recommendations on the best, next steps.

Preventing Ticks And Lyme Disease

Sometimes we may become numb to the news about ticks and Lyme disease because we hear about it often. Unfortunately, as the weather warms, the problem with ticks may continue to grow.

The Centers for Disease Control said ticks are actually born pathogen free, but because they feed on blood, they often quickly become carriers. All it takes is for the tick to feed on an animal infected with the disease and then feed on a person to pass a disease like Lyme along easily. However, a tick must feed on its host for several hours to actively transmit the disease, so there is a window of time before you can become infected.

It is crucial to make sure to regularly check yourself if you’ve been outside and use a DEET-based insect repellent to help repel any ticks before heading out. If you find a tick, you will want to carefully remove it with a fine point tweezers.

Since the winter has been mild, it is important to take steps toward reducing the tick population near your home and in your yard in an effort to keep your family healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control have several recommendations to help reduce ticks in your yard.

First of all, make sure to remove leaf litter. Clear tall grasses and brush around home and at the edge of lawns. It is helpful to place a 3-foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to limit ticks migrating to recreational areas.

Mow the lawn regularly and keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from the yard edges and trees. When you stack your wood, make sure to stack it neatly and in a dry area.

Remove any old furniture or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide. Finally, discouraging larger unwelcome animals from entering your yard by constructing a fence.

If you are experiencing any type of pest issues, it is crucial to speak with our experts for a free consultation today.