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.

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.

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.

Controlling Bat Populations

 

Bats can cause issues if they fid their way inside your home.

While nearby bat populations can be beneficial by consuming thousands of insects nightly and helping control insect populations, they can be dangerous and destructive if they get into your home. Bats can carry diseases like rabies and can bite you with little evidence they have done so. Bat colonies can sometimes exceed a hundred or more, so if you suspect bats have gotten into your house, it is important to speak with an expert.

While bats’ bites are understandably worrisome, they can cause other issues too. Their droppings can not only damage materials but also can have microbes that aggravate and/or cause respiratory infections. Their urine can corrode wood and metal or soak into insulation, causing it to be replaced.

Bat populations inside a home can also damage a building by chewing through building materials and enlarging access holes.

Bats are most often found in attics and chimneys. A trained expert will come to your house and do a full inspection of the building to determine exactly how the bats are getting in and out. He or she will identify the specific species, which is important to know how to best contain them. Our expert will then work on ridding your home of the bats, sealing any possible entry points.

If you suspect a bat problem, you need an expert pest control contractor can remove the bats, not harming them and protecting your home. It is important to protect the integrity of your house and the health of your loved ones.

Call our office today and we will send an expert out to evaluate your home and give you an estimate on treatment.

Understanding Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management helps prevent pests, by combining some aspects of traditional pest control with prevention methods. Traditional methods involve routine application of pesticides while IPM focuses on pest prevention and only uses pesticides as needed.

Integrated Pest Management  is the practice of using improved sanitation, exclusion, cultural controls, habitat manipulation, trapping, and targeted pesticide application to control or reduce pest problems. In other words, we use knowledge and common sense to prevent pests, not just pesticides. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this approach provides a more effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest control.

When applying IPM methods, there are judicious uses of pesticide, but preventative pesticide applications are limited because the risks may outweigh the benefits.

Multiple steps are taken to integrated pest management unlike a single control method. Usually it begins with an inspection followed by monitoring and reports on what is found.

Once those steps have been accomplished, action thresholds or the level at which you take action are set and then a plan is put in lace to both prevent pest infestations and control nearby pests.

In addition, correct identification of pests and beneficial organisms will help keep issues under control. Monitoring techniques will vary based on the type of pests being controlled.

When a pest becomes a nuisance, a health hazard or an economic threat, it is crucial to get the pest under control. IPM utilizes the most effective and lowest risk options to the occupant, applicator and environment. Depending on the pest, a specialist may work to trap or physically remove it. He or she can also use heat or cold treatments as well as apply pesticides.

Finally, the steps taken should be documented and recommendations give for future pest control issues.

If pests are causing havoc in your residence or place of business, do not hesitate. Contact ASAP Pest Control today and take steps toward a pest-free living environment.

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