Proactive Steps Can Help Guard You Against Pests

Taking proactive steps around your home can help minimize pest problems as colder temperatures arrive. By taking some of these steps, you can help deter pests from making your home, their home.

Clean Up Your Yard

First you should clean up your gardens. Remove any dead plants, especially seasonal plants like those in your summer vegetable garden. This not only helps ready your yard for winter and reduce possible pest issues, but will help you be ready to plant when temperatures start to warm again.

Seal Cracks

Inspect the exterior of your house and make sure you seal any cracks in the foundation. This adds a barrier for pests trying to make their way into your home.

Trim & Cut Plants & Trees

Take some time to cut down plants around your home. Dead plants attract bugs and most plants that are perennial will need to be cut back to promote proper growth and development.

Gutters

Take some time to clean out your gutters. This not only helps protect your roof and gutters, but also removes bug hiding spaces.

Firewood

Never store firewood against your house. Doing so may inadvertently invite trouble. It is better to create your woodpile nearby, but not against your house in any way.

Weather Stripping

It is important to get weather stripping for around doors and windows. Not only will this help you keep heat in, you will be more able to keep bugs outside.

These simple steps will help you protect your home from unwanted visitors and help keep you protected throughout the colder winter months. If you suspect you have a pest problem, contact our experts today to find out how we can help you.

Signs You May Have A Mice Problem

Mice… just the mention makes many people squirm or jump. Not only can mice be a nuisance, they can carry diseases with them and in turn cause serious health issues for you and your family. It is imperative to deal with any suspected rodent issues as soon as it is discovered. They reproduce quickly and can quickly escalate to a very large problem.

Mice can bring diseases that can cause problems for people, especially for young children, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems. Diseases like salmonella can be transmitted through mouse feces in food. Bacteria from the feces spreads to the food supply and cause serious illness. Ringworm and tapeworm can also be transmitted from mice to humans. In order to prevent these illnesses, it is important to be vigilant in identifying mouse problems.

Often one of the first signs you may have mice is finding mouse droppings. They are small, long brown or black pellets and can pile up quickly. Mice may also leave signs of chew marks from gnawing.

If you suspect you have a mice infestation, don’t waste any time. Call the St. Charles mice exterminator experts today. An experienced exterminator will come to your home and search for nests or food sources that may be attracting mice.

A mouse exterminator will work to find these nests, destroy them, and lay traps to catch these mice and remove them from a home.

All Seasons, All Pests has been a trusted source for mouse removal all across St. Louis and St. Charles. We will work to find any nests that may be in your home or business, work to find entry points, and make sure that everything possible is done to humanely remove mice from the home.

We will follow up to make sure that entry points have been sealed off, that no new nests have been built, and that your home or business is being adequately protected from mice. To schedule your free inspection, contact All Seasons, All Pests today.

 

Integrated Pest Management For Your Business

We pride ourselves in providing your business with not only the safest, but the most advanced pest elimination techniques in pest control. Coupled with superior customer service, our experts can help develop a treatment plan to fit your business needs. We practice integrated pest management, which is considered not only an effective but an environmentally sensitive approach to pest control.

Integrated Pest Management starts with a thorough inspection of the property. We then create a plan using the most effective baiting and monitoring techniques. We use current information about the life cycles of the pests and consider how they may be interacting with your business environment. The goal of using Integrated Pest Management is the same as any other method: to rid your place of pests.

Not only do our St. Louis pest experts work to prevent and control crawling insects, we can help insect proof your properties, help control and prevent termites, deal with flying insects, bed bugs, stinging insects, carpenter ants, mosquitos and spiders. Our team can help remove and prevent bats, birds, rodents and moles from making your property their home.

New customers can receive 10 percent just by mentioning the special from our web site. Current customers can receive $25 your next pest, termite or wildlife service by your referral.

We know you do not have time to waste with companies that will not get the job done. We guarantee your satisfaction and will work with you to make sure any problems you are experiencing are eliminated.

Call today for your free, initial consultation. We can create a plan that works for you and your business.

Stop Voles Before The Problem Is Out Of Hand

You may not see them, but if you have voles nearby you may see the damage and destruction left by them. Voles are said to consume their own weight in plants every 24 hours and a vole population of merely 15 voles can explode into 250 voles within four years.

Voles can store as much as two gallons of plant materials for food in underground hollows near their nests as well as hollow stumps and similar places.

They flourish in grassy and weedy areas, which also includes spaces including places like your garden. They can build 1-2 inch pathways usually protected by overhanging vegetation as well as underground tunnels. Moles are often accused of damage caused by voles.

If you think you have a vole problem, it is crucial to trap them. Setting peanut butter baited mouse snap traps perpendicular to their pathway is the best way to start.

Keeping all vegetation away from the base of the trees and keeping grass no longer than 3 to 4 inches is also key to helping discourage moles.

If you have an extensive problem, you may have to go as far as to remove mulch from the gardens and around the base of the trees. You can till the soil, destroying any underground pathways remaining.

As a final step, you can repel them with things made of capsaicin and predator odors. This process must be repeated if it rains to keep them away.

Call today and our experts can come out and help you deal with your vole problem.

Know More About Crickets

House CricketCrickets are common and although they cause no harm, are not always music to our ears. Sometimes you may want to rid your house of them simply to give you a better night’s sleep.

Crickets are usually yellowish brown ot black and can be are used as pet food and bait for fish. They can often be mistaken for grasshoppers. The easiest way to identify the two is that crickets fold their wings against their sides while grasshoppers fold theirs high over their bodies.

When trying to attract females, the males rub their front wings together, creating the loud chirping sound most people know them by. They mate late summer and as the weather cools, they begin to move inside houses and areas like sheds and garages.

Crickets are most active at night and can be quite loud depending on where they are and how many are there. While most crickets are not known to bite, some do if they are handled or feel threatened.

They are not picky eaters and feed on any organic material like insects and plants. If inside, they can eat things like clothing or carpet, causing you a headache.

In order to prevent pest from moving in your home, you should reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Like many other pests, sealing all points of entry, especially around windows and doors helps keep them out.

Our experts can do a free inspection to evaluate and recommend treatment if you are experiencing a cricket problem. We can set out sticky traps and, if necessary, take greater measures. Call today to schedule your free consultation.

Don’t Let Wildlife Make Their Home With You

Although we may love the outdoors, sometimes wildlife gets a little too close to our home for comfort. Not only can nuisance wildlife cause problems to your home, they can also present potential health hazards as well.

If you have heard scratching or other loud noises in the middle of the night or you’ve seen evidence of squirrels, raccoons or birds, it may be time to talk with the experts.

We can conduct a free inspection of your property to identify affected areas and points of entry as well as breeding areas and nests. Our team can safely trap and remove any unwanted wildlife from your property.

We will not only remove them, but also clean up inhabited areas and repair any damage and exclude any entry points to help ensure the wildlife cannot return.

Did you know that raccoons can get into your attic, chimney, or even harass your dog or cat? If you happen to have a rabid raccoon or one with distemper, the health of your loved ones or pets may also be at risk.

Sometimes, the first sign you truly know you have an invader is when it dies. You may suddenly get a terrible odor in or outside the house or swarms of flies. This may mean you have a deceased pest and want to have it removed so it doesn’t cause more issues.

Make sure squirrels and mice do not make a home in your attic or that raccoons do not break into your trash, leaving you a mess every morning to clean up.

Help protect your family’s home and health! Call ASAP Pest Control today to have the experts come out to your home and evaluate the problem.

First West Nile-Infected Mosquitos Of 2017 Identified in St. Charles Co.

The St. Charles Country Division of Environmental Health and Protection said several mosquitos caught last week tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Employees from the department set mosquito traps across the area in June and uses the information gathered to target areas that may be problematic. This is the first time this year the county has had a mosquito test positive for West Nile virus.

The West Nile virus is found in wild birds and was first documented in North America in 1999. About 20 percent of infected people, symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness and body aches. In very rare cases, the virus can infect the human nervous system, causing meningitis or encephalitis.

You can take steps to decrease the mosquito population in your yard. By treating your lawn, garden, shrubs and trees to help control mosquito populations, you can help decrease your chances of mosquito issues. Mosquitos aren’t strong fliers and do not tend to travel far from where they hatch, therefore eliminating any nearby standing water, including water in flower pots and toys, helps reduce areas the mosquitos can breed.

If you are noticing mosquito problems in your yard, it is important to address them before they get out of hand. Call us today to schedule a free estimate.

The Truth About Squirrels

Squirrels…. Sometimes cute & fluffy, but also a pest! Usually people call about squirrels when they have made a home in your attic, chimney or running loose in your home. They can chew up woodwork and steal things like bird seed.

Squirrels are most active in the mornings and evenings, eating mostly nuts and seeds. They live in both forests, suburban and city areas and establish home territories. They love to live in attics and many people first notice a problem with running around above them. Inside an attic, they can cause damage since they love to chew on everything. They can and will chew on wires, ducts, pipes inside the attic. When they do chew through wires, they present a possible fire hazard.

In addition, they can introduce disease into your living space.  They can transmit diseases from fleas and ticks as well as leave lots of droppings, which leaves you and your family open to things like salmonella.

Of course, the best thing to do is keep squirrels away from your house in the first place. First of all, don’t leaves things out that attract them in the first place. Bird feeders and fruit trees tend to attract squirrels. In order to keep them out of your house, you must find and seal all open holes leading inside.

If you are struggling with keeping squirrels out of your attic or chimney, give us a call. Our experts can remove all squirrels, inspect the damage and seal up where they have been getting in. Give us a call today to receive a free estimate.

Did Ant Population Grow After Treatment?

An ant population may appear to grow right after a treatment.

Although people deal with all types of pests, ant infestations seem to take the cake in terms of frustrating and annoying. Initially after we treat for the present ant population, activity may seem to increase and be new in areas that didn’t seem to have ant problems. The true effect of treatments takes time though.

The reality is your ant infestation did not happen overnight and truthfully, you are likely only seeing just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true ant problems that exist on your property. Sometimes there is a process known as flushing that occurs right after a treatment. It may seem like you hired us to rid your house of ants, but in fact, we managed to increase the problem.

The reality is that you probably had a large nest (or many nests) of ants near or around your house that you didn’t see. When we spray, it disrupts their natural habitat and pushes them out. It may appear like the ant population has grown exponentially, but it is just being disrupted and the ant population is just showing its true colors.

Prevention is key! Once you get the ant population under control, you must takes steps to prevent your property from being infested again. A regular treatment helps manage ants and other pests and prevents them from entering your home.

Call today to find out more about how we can help you get rid of ants and keep your home ant free!

The Music Of Cicadas

A mid-summer night in Missouri isn’t complete without the chorus of the cicadas. However, many people know very little about these bugs. For starters, did you know they are not all the same? Cicadas are either annual or emerge in a 13 or 17-year cycle.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, annual cicadas have dark eyes and greenish bodies. Periodical cicadas have red eyes and blackish bodies.

The annual cicadas spend 2-5 years underground feeding on root juices. When they emerge, they shed their adolescent skin and begin to sing for a mate.

The sound they emit sounds that can reach up to 95 decibels. The males produce sound by rapidly vibrating part of their exoskeleton. The noise level is similar to that of a Boeing 737 before landing.

On the years the 13-year or 17-year they emerge and the collective sounds will usually be much more present.

Despite their loud presence, they are considered a valuable food source for various wildlife. They pose no threats to people and minimal to trees. The next 13-year ones will not appear until 2024.

If you are concerned about other bugs that you have seen around, it is wise to speak with the St. Louis pest control experts who can help you determine if the populations threaten you or your home. If you are having issues, call today to receive a free consultation.