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.

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.

Make Sure Box Elder Bugs Don’t Get Too Comfortable

Box elder bugs may creep up on you. They may seem like not much to think about, but can easily make your home their resting place. This bug, also known as the maple bug, feeds on low vegetation on the ground during early spring and summer. However, mid-July they move to trees. Most of the time, they prefer box elder and maple trees, but sometimes make feed on the fruits of plum or apple trees. By late summer, they leave the trees in search for an overwintering site.

Oftentimes, this is where the box elder bugs become most destructive. They often move into homes through cracks or holes in windows and doors. They sometimes do bite and can puncture the skin, leaving marks like a mosquito bite. Infestations are most common after a warm spring and a long, hot, dry summer.

During their peak, they are a major food source for local birds. They prefer to lay eggs under the siding, around windows and under the roofline of the home. If they have made their way into your home, you may find reddish-orange stain from their fecal material on items like curtains, drapes and clothing.

Homes and business owners are most likely to spot these bugs on warm days, when they become most active.

Regularly upkeep help keeps these pests, as many others from making your house their home. The best steps are taken before late August. It is crucial to repair broken screens and windows, install seams under doors and check for any exterior cracks.

If you suspect you have a pest problem, it is crucial to speak with a pest control expert today. Call ASAP Pest Control, your St. Louis pest experts.

Tick’s Bite May Trigger Meat Allergy; Tick Found Further North

A new, aggressive type of tick is spreading and may make the summer much less pleasant. One bite of this tick may trigger a meat allergy.

According to news reports, the lone star tick, commonly found in southeastern and south central areas of the United States has been spreading north and has been found as far north as Minnesota and New Hampshire.

The tick, which has a white dot on adult females triggers a meat allergy.

After a bite from the lone star tick, a person may develop hives, shortness of breath, anaphylaxis or even death after the person eats pork, beef, lamb or any other mammalian meat. A specific sugar called alpha-gal, which is in those mammalian meats trigger the allergic reaction.

The allergic reaction tends to not appear until somewhere between three hours and 10 to 12 hours after receiving the bite. Unfortunately, the symptoms can be quite severe and seem to appear out of the blue.

This tick-related allergy is very new, so new in fact that no government agency has published collected data regarding it. Experts say the allergy does appear to fade over time and not be life long, but additional tick bites may retrigger the allergic response.

You can  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 imperative to speak with our experts for a free consultation today.

 

 

 

 

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.