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.

Determining How Often To Treat For Pests

If you own a home, you have probably asked yourself how often you really have to treat for insects and pests. There is no one size fits all answer, but a lot depends on the history of your property and your house, where it is located and what has been a nuisance in your neighborhood in the past.

Some people choose to have their home treated once a few times a year, maybe once in the summer and a few times in the winter. Some homeowners may choose to treat their house only once or twice a year, but may find this doesn’t really keep the bugs away.

In the end, it really depends on the type of bugs you are dealing with, where your home is located, like does it back up to woods or a creek as well as what your budget is set at. While spraying less may not eliminate all pests, if you are on a tight budget it may be enough to keep them under control.

Some bugs and pests have to be more aggressively treated than others. For example, if you notice a mouse, it is unlikely you only have one mouse running around. Same with cockroaches or termites. Those bugs can cause extensive damage and may be very challenging to truly rid your home of.

On the other hand, a spider or ant problem may be minor and easily dealt with in one or two visits.

Minimally it is usually recommended to treat your home at least once a year, helping to identify problems before they get out of hand and helping to prevent major and costly treatments.

The experts at All Seasons, All Pests work with you to identify problems before they start, if possible and to help keep your home healthy for your family. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

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.