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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Exclusion Techniques Help Keep Pests Out

It is crucial to know what makes your home attractive to pests and to understand how they get in if you want to prevent them making your home, theirs. The first step is practicing exclusion techniques.

Pests, like any type of animal, are attracted to food, water and shelter. Removing any source of food and water is the first step in deterring pests. It is important to keep food in sealed containers, cleaning up after every meal so there aren’t crumbs lying around. It is also important to eliminate moisture from leaky pipes and drains to ensure if pests do get in, they will not have ideal conditions to thrive.

Most pests can enter homes and buildings through cracks and crevices. It is especially important to check for issues around any openings like windows, doors and along foundations. You may also need to check uncapped chimneys and holes where your utilities come into or out of the house. Did you know that mice can fit through holes slightly larger than a dime? Therefore, it is important to address any possible openings to the outside. By implementing exclusion techniques, you have eliminated half the problem.

It may be easy to forget, but pests can also enter through items you bring into your house like firewood and groceries. Pantry moth are a perfect example. They often enter a home in an item you purchased at the grocery store. Many times, once you realize there is a problem, you may have a serious infestation, which can be quite challenging to deal with.

Pests are most likely found in basements, attics as well as kitchens and bathrooms. It is crucial to keep these places clean, clutter-free and well ventilated to help prevent issues.

If you suspect you may have any type of pest infestation, it is important to check with your pest control experts at All Seasons All Pests. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Reasons To Continue Pest Control In Winter

When you first think about pest control, some may think this is a problem that should be addressed in the spring or summer most. Just because it is colder does not mean you should let your guard down. Good pest control has to be active year round in various capacities for best protection.

It is important to remember that any pests living within your walls are not affected by the cold temperatures outside. Insects like termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, earwigs, and many other insects can not only live but thrive inside your beautiful home.

It is crucial to protect against rodents. Rodents find their way into your home is all entry points are not sealed off. Undetected, they can compromise you and your family’s health.

If spider webs and egg cases are allowed to accumulate, the problems multiply when spiders try to re-infest the home. Removing any spider webs, egg cases and wasps nests helps prevent them from reemerging when warmer weather arrives. By not treating entry points like doors and windows, you may experience an emergence of new pests come spring.

Many pests like cluster flies, boxelder bugs and carpenter ants can hide out until warmer weather occurs. If not detected until the warmer weather arrives, the costs may be substantially more to treat.

Pest control in the winter is not a waste of money. Winter allows specialists to focus on the interior of properties and helps identify any new problems owners may be unaware of. Don’t think just because you may not see pests, they have disappeared. In the winter there is less light, heat and moisture, which all break down effective pesticides. That means a pest may be fully managed with less money and work.

If you are concerned you may have pests or you want to take steps to prevent future pests, call our office today for a free, initial consultation.

Is Tenant Or Landlord Responsible To Pay For Pest Control?

Everyone knows that while many types of pest control are necessary evils, they often come with a price tag. When a pest invades your home and you’re the owner, there’s little doubt you are financially responsible for the treatment and clean up. This may not be as clear cut, however, when you are renting and a pest problem emerges. In most cases the landlord is responsible, but sometimes a tenant may be at least partially held to blame.

Normally, the landlord or owner is responsible to contract a pest control service to maintain the structure, whether it is a single-family home or a multi-unit building. Pest control should be included in a rent agreement.  Most landlords would not want to leave pest control up to tenants either. What could happen to the properly should the problem not be fully addressed is too great a risk for a landlord in most cases.

A landlord legally needs to take care of any problems due to natural circumstances because a landlord must maintain livable conditions in the rental property. So natural pests like mice, that may live nearby in an open space would be the responsibility of the landlord. Failure to do so may jeopardize the lease agreement.

In some situations, tenants may be responsible for a portion or all the bill. Some pests, like cockroaches or ants are attracted to areas that are unclean. So, if a renter doesn’t take trash out regularly or doesn’t keep the residence clean and a problem arises, it may be the tenants’ responsibility to take care of the pest control cost.

A trained expert in pest control can help determine what the root of the infestation is and how it can be best treated. If you have an pest control issues, it is important to speak with the experts in pest control at All Seasons, All Pests. We can come assess the situation and address the problems. Call today to schedule your visit.

Fighting Acrobat Ants with an Experienced St. Louis Ant Exterminator

One of the most frustrating ant infestations a person can face are from acrobat ants. These ants are so fierce that they actually prey on wasps and other insects and spray venom that gives off a repulsive odor when disturbed. They are often found along baseboards and along electrical wires and can actually strip these wires, causing electrical problems. A St. Louis Ant Exterminator can identify these ants (which are actually many species grouped under one name) and work to keep your home ant free.
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