St. Louis Raccoons

More and more St. Louis residents are reporting sightings of Raccoons showing signs of distemper, which has potential harmful situations for the city’s residents, particularly pet owners.  Distemper is a saliva based disease that causes, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, or chewing fits, often accompanied by discharge from the eyes, nose, and mouth.  While there is little to no threat to humans, this disease is especially dangerous for unvaccinated pets.

What is Distemper?

Distemper is a viral infection that affects members of the canine family including dogs, raccoons, and skunks.  This disease affects the respiratory, digestive, and neurological systems in the host.  Most cases of Distemper are fatal and those host who survive may display permanent neurological complications.

How to Spot Distemper…

  • Animal, particularly wild animals, show little fear of humans and may seek them out.
  • An animal that displays symptoms of lethargy, seizure activity, disorientation, or seizure activity.
  • Confusion or they may appear to be aimlessly wandering.
  • Discharge from eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, chewing fits, or tremors.

How to Avoid Distemper…

  • Do not to keep or treat raccoons as pets.
  • Do not feed raccoons.
  • Do not leave pet food outside
  • Make bird feeders spill proof and ensure that raccoons cannot get to them.
  • Store garbage in cans with lids that lock tightly.
  • Cover sandboxes so they do not become raccoon latrines.
  • Remove drinking water sources for raccoons and other standing water.
  • Seal all access points to your house and any other buildings nearby, including basements, attics, and sheds.

 

As winter approaches, wildlife, humans, and pets come into closer contacts as wild animals seek shelter and food for the winter season.  Protect your pets by getting them vaccinated and keep them current on your veterinarian’s schedule of boosters.  If you spot an animal that may be suffering from distemper, call our pest control experts for quick and safe removal.

 

Our winter pest control team wants to help keep your home pest-free during these winter months. To learn more and to schedule your free home inspection, call All Seasons, All Pests Pest Control and initiate a winter pest control plan that fits your needs.

St. Louis 16th Out of 20 Worst Cities for Bed Bugs

In a report released in August of 2017, St. Louis ranked 16th out of 20 for cities with bed bug infestations.  Bed bugs are small, oval, brown, parasitic insects from the cimicid family.  They feed only on the blood of humans and animals.  They are unable to fly but can move quickly and are hard to spot due to their small size and nocturnal activities.  Often, a home owner will see the discarded remnants from molting as these bugs grow from egg to adult.  Female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs over their lifetime.  Bed bugs will attach themselves, at night, to their hosts to feed. Bed bug bites are painless but will often turn into itchy, raised, red bumps that are often confused with mosquito or flea bites.

Bed bugs can enter your home in many different ways.  Their small, flat bodies allow them to hide in clothing, used furniture, sheets and bedding, or luggage.  Bed bugs do not have a centralized nest but hide in groups only being noticed by their husks and remains.  Once inside a home, bed bugs can spread quickly to other rooms and areas of the home.  As populations become denser in residential areas, bed bug populations are on the rise.  The good news about these pests is they do not spread disease and are a nuisance rather than a danger to humans.

Tips to protect your home from bed bugs…

  • Wash and dry all infested materials on the highest washer and dryer setting.
  • Seal all cracks and potential hiding and entry points inside and outside of your home.
  • Thoroughly vacuum your mattress, curtains, and carpets. When you are finished place the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag and immediately discard the bag outside of your home.
  • Remove clutter from your home, especially around your bed.
  • If you are buying used furniture, clothing, or bedding be sure to inspect closely to ensure the items are free from infestation.
  • Never bring furniture from the curb or outdoors.

If you suspect you may have a problem, consider calling the experts at All Seasons All Pests.  Our experts know how to manage and eliminate problem pest populations while making sure your loved ones are safe. Call our offices today for a free, initial consultation.

Keeping Mice at Bay as the Cold Sets in

The temperatures are dropping and humans aren’t the only ones feeling the chill.  The furry creatures in our urban settings are looking for a nice warm place to settle down for the winter.  Unfortunately, this often means entering your house and making themselves at home building nests, eating our food, and leaving their trails around your home.  Most people notice the trails of their droppings and the chewed through corners of food stuffs, you may even be startled when you flip in the light for a midnight snack and see one scurry away.  Do not fear though, there are proactive steps to take to mitigate these tiny winter freeloaders.

Clean, Clean, Clean!

The first step is to keep your home clean, especially of crumbs and food debris.  Clean between appliances and counters, immediately sweep up any spills, or consider glass or plastic containers for dry goods in your pantry. Limit the food supply for pests and they will seek a more hospitable environment outside your home.

Limit Entry Points

Inspect your home often during the winter.  You would be surprised about how many tiny entry points you have in your home.  Periodically inspect your home for holes, cracks, or other openings that mice and rodents may enter without being noticed.  Be sure to completely seal these entry points before the cold sets in and the mice will find an easier place to bed down for the winter.

Deter Entry

Reducing livable habitat around your home will deter mice and rodents from spending too much time searching for a way in.  Trim bushes and hedges, rake leaves, and ensure the area around your foundation is clear from debris.  Some people claim that using a boundary around your home of peppermint oil or kitty litter deter mice from approaching the home.

Getting rid of an existing problem…

Your local hardware store has a myriad of do it yourself options to get rid of mice.  From lethal and non-lethal snap traps, glue traps, and poisons but these can be messy, ineffective, and, if you’re on the squeamish side, a little gut wrenching to maintain.  If these solutions have been ineffective, inconvenient, or the problem is just too overwhelming, call our experts at All Season, All Pests. After our free inspection, we will explain exactly how we can help. If you are not completely satisfied after our treatment, we will come back for another round or refund your money no questions asked. To schedule your free inspection with a free St. Louis Exterminator Company, contact All Seasons, All Pests right away.

Assess Your Winter Pest Control Needs Now

Although many think summer is the only time you really need pest control, winter pest control can help you prevent future problems as well as mitigate issues that have already taken root.

Insects and other pests may try to make their winter home in your basement, attic, and crawl spaces. The search for food and warmth may lead them to find an opening into your home. Winter pest control with your St. Louis pest control experts helps you keep unwanted guests out in the cold.

With the help of our St. Louis pest control experts, you can identify ways some pests may be able to enter your home and work to correct the problem before it becomes unmanageable.

A small hole in the eves of your roof, a door that doesn’t completely close or a tunnel near the foundation of your home may allow mice, squirrels and other animals a way in. When a door doesn’t totally close and seal for example, it may look ok but may be an easy passage into your home.

Finding issues before they get out of hand not only helps save you the headache of dealing with these pests, it also can save you significant amounts of money because you won’t have to fight a problem that has gotten out of hand.

Our winter pest control experts at All Seasons, All Pests will perform a free, no obligation home inspection to help maintain a pest-free living space. If problems are found, our experts will draw up recommendations to help remediate the issue before it gets worse.

Our winter pest control team wants to help keep your home pest-free during these winter months. To learn more and to schedule your free home inspection, call All Seasons, All Pests Pest Control and initiate a winter pest control plan that fits your needs.

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.