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.

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.

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.

 

Options for St. Louis Mosquito Control

Mosquitos are more than just a nuisance in the summer, they can actually spread disease and make someone ill. With the Zika virus in the news, that’s become especially important. There are certain steps a person can take to keep their yard mostly free of these unwanted pests. By working with a mosquito control company, you can enjoy the St. Louis summer without getting eaten alive by these insects.
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Now is the Time for St. Louis Mosquito Control

April showers bring pools of stagnant water, and those pools are breeding grounds for mosquitos. As the weather warms, this will only become more and more of a problem. By contacting ASAP – All Seasons, All Pests to perform mosquito control now, you can be sure that the mosquitos in your yard are kept to a minimum and that you and your guests can enjoy these nice spring evenings.
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Facts About Mosquito Bites

As the spring months turn into summer, St. Louis and St. Charles are about to get visits from a very unwanted pest — mosquitoes. These pests can ruin just about summer night on the porch, not to mention make someone very ill. And with the Zika virus making headlines, people are taking extra precautions to keep their yards mosquito-free. At ASAP — All Seasons, All Pests, we help minimize your exposure to these unwanted pests.
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St. Louis Mosquitos

Enjoy Summer Evenings with Mosquito Control

There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy a nice summer evening on your porch or deck, only to have to cut it shorts because of mosquitoes. Citronella candles can keep some of these pests away, but many more will get through, ruining even the most peaceful night. An exterminator can provide actual Mosquito Control and help eliminate the breeding ground for mosquitos, keeping your yard virtually free of mosquitoes and allowing you to enjoy the summer without fear of being eaten alive.

Eliminating Breeding Grounds for Actual Mosquito Control

One of the most important ways to provide Mosquito Control is to identify areas where mosquitoes breed. These include any areas of standing water such as pools, clogged drains, unused children’s toys, and other areas. Stagnant water is where mosquitoes lay their eggs, so unless this water is removed the mosquitos will keep coming back.

Once these areas have been identified and cleared, an exterminator can then spray the yard to kill any remaining pests or any remaining eggs. This will ensure that your yard is virtually free of mosquitoes and any other bugs that may be lurking in the grass.

At Pest Control ASAP, we work to keep your yard and house virtually free of mosquitoes, termites, roaches, or any other bugs that may be causing problems. Since many of these insects carry with them disease and other illnesses, they can cause major health problems if left untreated. We use EPA-approved insect repellent and other treatments to ensure that only the safest materials are used to remove these insects from your property.

To learn more about how we can help with Mosquito Control or any other insect needs you may have, contact Pest Control ASAP today for a free inspection.

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