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.

The Big Myth About St. Louis Mosquitoes

Where do St. Louis mosquitoes go when the weather turns freezing cold?

Do you believe that St. Louis mosquitoes require a bitter cold winter to rid us of the pesky little bug?  Well in fact, that is not entirely true.  To understand the reasoning to our answer, we must first learn about the life cycle of the mosquito. All mosquitoes go through 4 stages in their life cycle.

  1. Egg Stage – Where the life of a mosquito begins. Mosquitoes, depending on the type or species can lay up to 3000 eggs in a female’s lifetime. These eggs are laid in water by an adult female.
  2. Larva Stage – Usually within 24-48 hours, the mosquito will hatch from his egg into larva and will need to be at the top of the water to breathe. Also during the larva stage, the mosquito will molt or shed its skin growing larger and larger. The third stage is the
  3. Pupal Stage – Where the mosquito becomes an adult, however in this stage the mosquito cannot fly and like the first two stages as mentioned above still require water.
  4. Adult Stage or Flying Stage – Where the mosquito takes off from the water and looks to feed before starting the cycle again.

First stage to adult hood typically in St. Louis is around 14 days.  During winter months, when the temperature begins to fall, the female mosquitoes look for a final place to lay their eggs before the adults die off.

All mosquitoes die, right? Not exactly. In the first stage, the egg stage, the mosquitoes can go into a hibernation of sorts. They can delay the second stage by months, even without water. When the weather starts to warm up and rain comes back, mosquitoes quickly move through the next three phases emerging as biting adults feeding on humans.

With the warmer February temperatures St. Louis is already faced with a growing mosquito problem. This problem is not going away. It’s never too early to start mosquito treatment to rid these pesky and dangerous bugs, even in February. Call us today to get started immediately. With the real threat of the Zika Virus, you can never be too careful.

Mild Winter Brings Different Considerations For Spring

After a mild winter, you may have to deal with insect problems earlier than in previous years. It is crucial not to wait until you are overwhelmed to think about this. As temperatures increase, insects may be awakened earlier than usual from their hibernation to search for food.

Ticks, ants and other insects may be more abundant in your lawn after a mild winter. A mild winter means more of the insects survived the winter and there will be even greater population as spring emerges.

A few steps will help you get ahead of any potential problems.  To help guard against the early emergence of pests, the National Pest Management Association has some tips for homeowners.

The NPMA suggests there should be a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of a building and keep mulch at least 15-inches from the foundation of a home.

All cracks and small openings among the bottom of the home should be sealed and tree branches and other plants need to be trimmed back from the house.

All trash containers, both indoor and outdoor should be clean and sealed and any sources of moisture or standing water need to be eliminated.

Finally having screens on windows and doors help keep insects out.

It is important to work on keeping your home pest free in all seasons. 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.

 

Plan Your Garden Before The Spring To Help Decrease Pests

Pests in your gardenEven though the temperatures are cold and snow may be falling, it is never too early to think about what you need to do to keep pests out of your gardens come spring. A little bit of planning now will help you have a successful garden in a few months. Even if you weren’t able to prepare in the fall, you can take steps now to make your garden successful.

Whether you have a vegetable garden, various berries or a wide array of flowers, pests can derail well-planned out efforts to reap the rewards of your labor.

The first thing you can consider is adding mechanical barriers. Many types of pests like deer, rabbits and groundhogs may be deterred by physical barriers. Fences may keep many pests out, especially when posts are buried six inches underground. Deer can be challenging because you may need quite a large fence to truly keep them out.

Row covers are lightweight sheets of fabric to cover plants without smothering them. They add protection from light frosts as well as caterpillars, birds, some rabbits and squirrels. These are mostly effective when plants are young and must be removed later on.

Lightweight netting may help protect berries and tree fruit from birds. Some chemical barriers like fox urine or dried blood be able to deter some pests as well.

When planning your garden, you will want to consider issues like space and sunlight. Not having enough space, doesn’t allow plants to fully dry when wet and invites pests. When planning your crops, make sure to consider disease-resistant varieties and if you see any plants dying or having other issues, remove them as soon as possible.

It is important to consider where your gardens will be located. If they are too close to your home, they may attract unwanted pests to your house and cause even bigger problems down the road.

Remember, not all pests are bad for your garden! You will want to have a way to attract bees to pollinate your garden and lady beetles can help control aphids. Especially when plants are meant to be food, you want to avoid spraying chemicals around them. Spraying may destroy the good as well as the bad bugs. Without the good bugs, you may have issues pollinating your garden and spraying can contaminate your food.

By having a plan, you will be able to have a more successful garden come warmer temperatures. If you have unwanted pests disturbing your garden you have trouble controlling or that you wish to keep away permanently, call our offices today. You can speak with our offices about safe and effective methods to deter them.