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When you see spiders in your home, it's easy to get rid of one and assume the problem is solved.  However, spiders will find their way into your home, one after another, if you don't take care of the underlying issues why they are there.  We'll look at this in two parts, keeping them out and then getting rid of them.

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Moles are insectivores (they eat insects), and they may control some insect outbreaks. However, mole activity can also cause considerable damage to lawns. This damage is usually in the form of tunnels and/or mounds in lawn that can be unsightly, disturb root systems, and provide cover or travel lanes for other small mammals.

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Here are the steps to keeping your home safe from termite infestation.

 

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There are many different termite removing products on the market, but Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis, MO chooses Termidor as the best.  Termidor utilizes a unique formula that is tasteless, odorless, and invisible, meaning that Termites have no ability to avoid it.  While termites are infected by this product, it is virtually odorless to humans, and will only affect your day to day life in one way - you'll see less termites.

b2ap3_thumbnail_TermidorCertProcolor.gifTermidor infects termites, causing them to carry the product back to their nest, infecting the rest of the nest in the process.  This process, when applied properly by a pest control professional such as Richardson Pest Solutions, is called the "Transfer Effect".  This leads the termites that don't eat the product directly and die immediately to inadvertently kill the entire nest by poisoning them with something they can't see, smell, or taste.  Every termite they touch becomes a carrier.  This efficiency allows Richardson Pest Solutions to control termites in your home with fewer treatments, keeping your home safe from these burrowing pests with less disruption to your life.  Termidor is the best product on the market, and Richardson Pest Solutions uses it to keep your home safe.

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Moles.  Whenever you see a yard full of tunnels, you'll know that you've got them.  The telltale sign, for those that haven't dealt with these underground terrors, is a crisscrossing series of raised dirt "tunnels" in your yard, where they have traveled across your backyard in search of insects and worms to eat.  This search causes them to tear up your carefully manicured lawn, giving you that coveted "war torn Europe" look that doesn't win any neighborhood beauty contest.

Moles can be a pest, and they are difficult to get rid of.  While there are traps that can be purchased, disposing of the beast is another matter, as moles have a toxin they release to paralyze the small creatures, such as earthworms, that they feed on.  While this is not dangerous to humans, it's unpleasant.  This is where a professional comes in.  Mole control professionals such as Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis can be your mole control solution, with recurring packages to ensure that these pests stay out of your yard.  Contact them today at (314) 297-2210 or (636)-387-2400 today, and visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today for more information.

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There are many species of ants that are beneficial to us, and can kill fleas and bedbugs, along with other pests.  They also do not bring disease or injury to your family in most cases (fire ants notwithstanding!)  However, they get in your home and eat your food, and this is a problem.  Ants are colony insects, driven by a desire to feed, and would like nothing better than to setup shop in your home as a permanent food source.  Many preventative measures can be attempted to keep them from even realizing that there is food in the house, but airtight containers and sealed cupboards aren't entirely practical for every family. So what does a family do when they get ants in their home?

b2ap3_thumbnail_4.jpgThe first step is to create a barricade.  Inspect your home for places where ants can sneak in and cause trouble, and close them up. Check for foundation cracks, loose floorboards, and any places where you are vulnerable, and fill them in.  Sometimes, though, the way to find these problem areas is to spot a conga line of ants storming into your house.

Remember that ants, although they eat our food, don't like the same things we do.  A simple line of talc, if you spread it by the entrances to your home, can keep ants from crossing into your personal space.  Ants also aren't fond of vinegar, peppermint oil, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, whole cloves, and bay leaves, but these aren't generally recommended as they are also irritants to your pets, and your children will get into them.

However, when they do get into your home, it's often recommended that you contact a professional to eliminate the problem. In the St. Louis area, calling Richardson Pest Solutions at (314) 297-2210 or 636-387-2400 and visiting their website at http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today will make sure that your ant control, and all other pest problems are taken care of permanently.

 

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St. Louis brown recluseIf you have a phobia about brown recluse spiders, here’s the good news: most of the U.S. is a brown recluse-free zone. If you have a phobia about brown recluse spiders and live in Missouri, or pretty much anywhere south of the Show-Me State, you’re probably going to have a brown recluse encounter at some point, especially in largely suburban areas like St. Charles and Wentzville. Consider it a trade-off for enjoying great SEC football and the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

How afraid should you really be of a brown recluse (other than the general feeling of “Oh my gosh, it’s a spider! Kill it!”)? True to their name, brown recluse spiders are actually rather shy, preferring to stay in quiet, dark places where they think they won’t be disturbed. Unfortunately, those quiet, dark places can include the inside of your shoes or clothes folded in drawers, ensuring quite the surprise when unsuspecting feet slide into shoes or hands grab folded clothes. Brown recluses rarely attack, and bites usually happen only when they’re pressed against human skin – such as when you put on a shoe acting as a temporary home for one of the little critters. Of course, motivation for a bite doesn’t really matter when you’ve been bitten, but it’s good to know they’re not lying in wait to attack you.

 

Getting rid of brown recluse spiders is no easy task. They’re hardy little suckers, able to go six months or more without food or water, so extermination by ingesting poison isn’t typically successful. Additionally, their long-legged spider gait means their bodies don’t usually touch chemicals that normally take care of other bothersome insects – they simply step right over them. To rid your home of the brown recluse, you’re going to need a professional. Let’s face it, they might be the shyest little insects on the block, but you still don’t want them anywhere near your family, especially children. Call a pest control professional such as Richardson Pest Solutions in St. Louis to ensure you won’t find any surprises the next time you reach into your sock drawer or slip on some shoes. For more tips and information or help with your brown recluse problem, visit http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com today.

 

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St. Louis molePoor little moles – they’re the ugly ducklings of the “pesky animals for homeowners” world. Squirrels and raccoons can take apart the wiring in your home faster than Michael Phelps in the 100m backstroke, but most people still don’t want them exterminated, just humanely trapped and moved to a nice forest. Why? Probably because squirrels and raccoons are just so darn cute – no one wants to kill Bullwinkle’s beloved friend Rocky the Flying Squirrel.
Moles, however, are a completely different story. Homeowners get a glimpse of them – or more likely, the havoc they wreck on lawns – and want them taken out in a permanent way. Why? Have you seen a mole up close? It’s not a pretty sight, and when the most famous movie mole is the villain Speckles in Disney’s “G-Force” chances are you’re not ever going to endear moles to anyone. It’s hard to forgive a cute animal for destroying a lawn, but forgiving the homely mole is almost impossible.
Despite the fact that moles are helpful with insect control, they also destroy lawns with their constant “swimming” through soil to eat enough insects and worms to satisfy their huge appetites. Moles can eat up to 80 percent of their weight daily, and that kind of appetite requires serious daily digging. For the homeowner, that mega-digging shows up in telltale molehills, ridges, and furrows all over what is supposed to be a smooth lawn.
There are numerous “homegrown” solutions for getting rid of moles – everything from moth balls to bubble gum are rumored to be surefire mole deterrents, but in reality, trapping is by far the most effective and efficient way to get rid of moles and get a beautiful lawn back. Many people try the do-it-yourself approach to setting traps, but unless the trap-setter is familiar with both the traps and the mole’s elusive habits, their efforts will be largely unsuccessful. Your best bet is to call a no-kill animal control expert like Richardson Pest Solutions in St. Louis to take care of your mole infestation and give you a pristine lawn back to enjoy again. For more information, contact the rodent control specialists at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com.
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St. Louis is famous for the Gateway Arch, the 1904 World’s Fair, the baseball Cardinals, Anheuser-Busch…and an awful lot of bugs. For example, did you know we’re home to the subterranean termite, the most destructive of all the U.S. termites? And that the highest concentration of brown recluse spiders in the U.S. is in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma? I won’t even mention the carpenter ants, odorous house ants, squirrels, raccoons, or moles that St. Louisans regularly find roaming around inside or outside their homes. We’re a pretty “buggy” area of the country, and while our beautiful wooded areas – especially outside St. Louis proper in areas such as St. Charles or Wentzville – are magnificent to view and play in, they’re also a little slice of rodent heaven.

If you can’t stand the thought of living with all these bugs and rodents in the St. Louis area anymore, don’t put a “for sale” sign on your lawn just yet. Call a professional exterminator such as Richardson Pest Solutions to conduct an inspection (Richardson’s inspections are free), see what’s invading your home, and develop a plan to get the critters back where they belong – outside! Richardson Pest Solutions offers pest and rodent control throughout the St. Louis area – including St. Charles and Wentzville.

Yes, St. Louis may be bug- and rodent-central, but solutions are out there – even no-kill squirrel and raccoon trapping practiced by providers such as Richardson Pest Solutions. A quick inspection may save you many sleepless nights of imaginary itching, smacking anything that moves with a rolled-up newspaper, and listening to a squirrel party on your roof.  Visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com and call (314) 297-2210 or (636) 387-2400 today to setup an appointment.

 

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No matter how big you are, finding a rodent in your home is sure to make even the toughest NFL football player exhibit at least one of several reactions: 1)Shrieking; 2) Running; or 3) Jumping up on furniture to get away. Why do we have such a universally strong reaction?

 

Let’s take the standard mouse, or even one step farther on the EEW-Meter, the rat. First, they’re destructive. To keep their teeth worn down, they chew constantly on anything they can find, including the wiring, wood, or insulation in your home. They’re dirty, urinating and defecating almost everywhere they go to mark their path and compensate for poor eyesight. Their most disturbing attribute is their penchant for carrying diseases including salmonella, hantavirus, and tularemia, all of which could land you in the hospital or even threaten your life.

 

Squirrels and raccoons may be slightly more cute and fun to watch frolic in the trees, but you sure don’t want them in your home. They’re still rodents, and they still do all the same destructive and dirty things smaller rodents do, but in an even bigger and more damaging way. Squirrels and raccoons can do major damage to your home very quickly, especially in your attic, and can even cause electrical fires with their penchant for chewing through wiring.

 

Finally, there’s the much-maligned mole. They won’t invade your home, but they’ll tear through your lawn faster than hungry kids through a plate of chocolate chip cookies. Moles are prolific diggers, able to dig surface tunnels at the rate of approximately 18 feet an hour. Unleash one or two of them under your lawn, and all that work you put into landscaping can be quickly demolished by one ugly little rodent.

 

Despite all the traps, poisons, and even “organic” rodent control solutions on the market, by far the safest and most effective way to get rid of rodents is to call a professional, especially if mice and/or rats are in your home. Due to the health risks of dealing with rodents, look for rodent control specialists experienced in clearing them from your home. Trapping is the best method for getting rid of moles, so search for specialists who have a proven record of success in trapping the elusive creatures.

 

If you want to trap and release squirrels and raccoons, rather than have them exterminated, look for a professional like St. Louis rodent control specialists Richardson Pest Control, who have a no-kill, trap and release policy with squirrels and raccoons. The Richardson Pest Control team will humanely capture squirrels and raccoons, then release them in more rodent-friendly areas of the St. Louis region. The rodents will be much happier in their new home, and you’ll be much happier with them out of your home. For more information, contact the rodent control specialists at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com.

 

 

 

 

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While you may admire the sheer strength and work ethic of busy little ants, that certainly doesn't mean you want to invite them into your home for brunch every day. Unfortunately, not only are they hard workers, but they’re also relentless breeders and voracious eaters, creating colonies of up to 100,000 ants that require a huge amount of sugary sweet food every day. Hungry ants are persistent ants, and that means they’ll end up finding any way they can into your home to see what kinds of goodies you’ve got hidden around.

 

In Missouri, most homeowners battle the odorous house ant, so named because of the rotten coconut or pine scent they emit when crushed. These little buggers are even more hardy than your run-of-the-mill ant – they can work and breed even if injured, and they’ll create a nest (or colony) just about anywhere they can, including in your home if it’s hot and dry enough outside. They also have a nondiscrimination policy when it comes to queens – they usually have multiple queens churning out new eggs every day, which means that as fast as you squash them, they’re making new little ants to carry on their great scavenging tradition.

 

Odorous house ants are notoriously hard to get rid of once they’re in your home, so do all you can to ensure they don’t enter. The same precautions that help keep other insects out also apply to ants, including reducing the moisture around your home’s foundation and frame, caulking any cracks or holes around doors and windows, and keeping landscape mulch from touching your home. Odorous house ants are particularly fond of warm, moist mulch, so pay particular attention to keeping that away from your home.

 

Within your home, try to keep potential food sources tightly covered and food contained to only the rooms that are regularly cleaned, such as the kitchen. If you have children, there’s a great science lesson in teaching them why sneaking that PB&J sandwich to their bedroom isn’t such a good idea!

 

If you do find yourself being invaded by these little brown or black ants, act quickly to eliminate them – they won’t go away on their own. Even pest control professionals can have trouble getting rid of these tough little critters, so look for a pest control service with particular expertise on odorous house ants. Richardson Pest Solutions has extensive odorous house ant experience and expertise for St. Louis pest control issues and offers free inspections to help determine the extent of a homeowner’s needs. For more information, contact the pest control experts at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com.

 

 

 

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While Missourians are thrilled to see rain finally fall after a long, dry summer, the rainy conditions and warm weather are perfect for a not-so-welcome visitor - the subterranean termite. The voracious little eaters love to huddle up when temperatures warm up after a rainfall, and a termite "huddle" (or colony), which can be as large as one million termites, can destroy a wooden structure faster than Mizzou's offensive line. That means that all this late August/early September rain combined with temperatures in the 80s and 90s makes termites very happy - and homeowners rushing for help.

 

Unfortunately, by the time you notice you have termites, you may already have significant damage to your home. Termites love to eat wood cellulose, or dead wood, and since that is the primary building material in most homes, it's easy to see why termites consider your home better than a Krispy Kreme doughnut display. When termites start feasting, they eat the wood from the inside out, giving the wood a honeycombed appearance and quickly destroying the integrity of the wood. Their favorite targets? Trim work, sub-flooring, flooring, and structural timbers. In other words, everything holding up your house.

 

So what should you do to avoid termites before they eat your home? First, have a professional inspect your home once a year. While it's tempting to put this on your DIY project list, it can be easy to miss the telltale signs of a termite infestation, and that can lead to significant problems later. Next, make sure to regularly inspect your roof for rotting wood boards, and if you have wood siding, closely inspect that as well. If termites seem to love your part of the world, consider putting a sand barrier down around your foundation. Termites can't get through sand, so a nice layer around your foundation can provide excellent protection for your home's foundation. If you're in the St. Louis region and need a free termite inspection, or if you've seen evidence of termites and need help fast, contact a St. Louis termite expert like Richardson Pest Solutions at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com to protect your home.

 

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While it is true that Alaska is the only state in the union that hasn't seen structural damage from termites, most people probably wouldn't actually pick up and move there just to avoid the little wood-eating pests. So what are your other options? If you haven't seen evidence of termites in your home, there are a number of prevention steps you can take. The Ohio State University Department of Entomology has an excellent list of recommendations, including:

 

  • Don't store firewood, lumber or paper against your foundation or in your crawl space
  • Avoid or minimize use of wood mulch next to the foundation
  • Make sure water is directed away from the foundation
  • Keep your basement or crawl space dry

 

But what if you've already seen evidence of termites in your home? Considering that termite damage annually costs U.S. homeowners billions, you should move quickly to minimize structural damage. There are a number of termite baiting systems and treatments - usually requiring specialized treatment and expertise - that will exterminate the destructive bugs, but as with other bug infestations, the term "don't try this at home" is right.  For the best termite control and termite removal in St. Louis, contact a St Louis termite expert like Richardson Pest Solutions at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com to ensure you get rid of the termites without causing even more structural damage to your home due to inexperienced exterminators.

 

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Let’s be honest – if you’re outside and something yellow and black starts buzzing around you, your first reaction is probably not, “Hmmm, is that a bee or a yellow jacket?” It’s probably something more like, “AAGGHH!” An understandable reaction, to be sure, but for your own safety and that of your family or friends, it’s good to recognize the difference – if for no other reason that yellow jackets are more aggressive, able to sting multiple times, and even able to bite. So before you start swatting and running, learn more about yellow jackets in Missouri and what to do when you encounter them.

 

First, yellow jackets are both predators and scavengers; they are significantly more aggressive than honey bees. And if you move aggressively toward them – such as swatting at them – it only serves to make them more aggressive toward you. (Apparently Georgia Tech knew what it was doing when it chose a mascot.) By late summer, adult yellow jackets at their grouchiest, because the larvae in their nests aren’t supplying them with the sugar material they relish. That’s why they swarm around your fruit and sugared drinks, and it’s also why yellow jacket stings increase in late summer.

 

Second, yellow jackets have no barbs on their stingers, so they can – and will – sting you multiple times. The good news is that unless you’re allergic to the venom, you probably won’t have a significant reaction if you’re stung. The bad news is, even if you’re not allergic and you’re stung multiple times, you may still have a dangerous reaction due to the sheer volume of venom you’ll receive from multiple stings.

 

Missouri only has two native statewide species of yellow jackets, but their underground nests can grow to 5,000 or more by late summer. So do the math – if one yellow jacket can sting multiple times, then stirring up an entire nest can mean severe danger for anyone, especially a child.

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation classifies yellow jackets as a “significant stinging threat” and while they do serve a purpose in controlling small plant-feeding insects and furthering the decay of dead material, their capacity for causing significant human injury usually outweighs the desire to keep them around. With the danger this high, don’t try to remove a yellow jacket nest on your own. Call a professional pest control specialist like Chuck Richardson at Richardson Pest Control to ensure your safety, as well as that of your family and friends. Learn more at http://RichardsonPestSolutions.com.

 

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As the weather changes, so do the methods that you need to follow in order to keep your home free from vermin and insects.  Where during the summer, flying, stinging insects were the main cause for concern around your home, the winter brings concern of nesting animals and insects looking for a place to ride out the colder months and breed.  As is the case with any unauthorized breeding in your home, this is a concern. These steps, from noted St. Louis Pest Expert Chuck Richardson of Richardson Pest Solutions, will help keep your home free of pests.

This third and final part of the tutorial will give you points on the inside of your home.  Keeping the infrastructure and access spaces of your home clean and clear of debris, as well as repairing any points of ingress, can be the difference between keeping your home clean if infestation, and squishing spiders underfoot all winter.

The first step is to clean out your garage and deck, and any other portals of your home that lead from outside in.  These places are often neglected, and become homes for vermin.  These homes, when not attended to, give pests like ants, spiders, grubs, beetles and cockroaches all of the time that they need to burrow their way into your home.  They are all adept at finding every crack and crevice available in your garage, your deck, and your attics or crawlspaces.

Which brings us to the tougher part of the job.  Make sure that you seal any cracks that you can find.  Remember, any crack in your foundation od siding is like an open invitation to a bug.  Anything you can see looks like the grand canyon to a spider, so be very careful, and if you find excessive amounts, don't hesitate to call a professional in to help.  It's vital to the sanctity of your home that these pests stay out of your home, and this step helps you seal your home against them.

These are just a few of the steps necessary to keeping your home from being infested by vermin during the fall and winter months.  If any fail, you can call a pest control specialist like Chuck Richardson at Richardson Pest Control.  Visit them today at http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today.

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As the weather changes, so do the methods that you need to follow in order to keep your home free from vermin and insects.  Where during the summer, flying, stinging insects were the main cause for concern around your home, the winter brings concern of nesting animals and insects looking for a place to ride out the colder months and breed.  As is the case with any unauthorized breeding in your home, this is a concern. These steps, from noted St. Louis Pest Expert Chuck Richardson of Richardson Pest Solutions, will help keep your home free of pests.

This part of the tutorial will show you how to keep the vermin away from your home.  Your sanctuary is a place where you never expect to see an insect, and it's always unpleasant.  An encounter with a squirrel or a raccoon is even worse.  Raccoons and squirrels, once inside your home, can cause enormous amounts of damage to your wiring and walls, more than you'd ever imagine.  They also bed down and breed in your attics and crawlspaces, and eat your food as they contaminate it.

The first step is to make sure that tree limbs and branches are kept away from the walls of the home. While a beautiful, spread out tree can give a home a classic feel, tree branches that touch your home are an open invitation for a squirrel, raccoon, carpenter ant, or any other pest to chew their way into your home, and once they're in, they're hard (and expensive) to get out.

You'll also need to keep firewood away from your home.  Firewood is a natural habitat for all kinds of grubs and beetles, and with them come spiders.  Spiders are adept at finding their way into your home if they have a close start.  They're experts at squeezing into places that you would never expect.  Keeping their habitat well away from your home, while not eliminating this aspect, can help keep them from finding these cracks.

Fallen leaves are also a major concern.  Again, these are a habitat for spiders and centipedes, and the longer they stay against your home, where they can live and find ways to crawl into your tiny nooks and crevices, the worse they become in your home.

Make sure your bushes are trimmed and clippings are removed from your home foundation and siding.  This is an important step, as pests use these as bridges into your home.  A bush touching your siding can give insects a way to reach the vulnerable joints and cracks in the side of your home.Keeping them neat and trimmed, and making sure that they're planted far enough away from your walls to grow properly is essential.

These are just a few of the steps necessary to keeping your home from being infested by vermin during the fall and winter months.  If any fail, you can call a pest control specialist like Chuck Richardson at Richardson Pest Control.  Visit them today at http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today.

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As the weather changes, so do the methods that you need to follow in order to keep your home free from vermin and insects.  Where during the summer, flying, stinging insects were the main cause for concern around your home, the winter brings concern of nesting animals and insects looking for a place to ride out the colder months and breed.  As is the case with any unauthorized breeding in your home, this is a concern. These steps, from noted St. Louis Pest Expert Chuck Richardson of Richardson Pest Solutions, will help keep your home free of pests.

Part one will deal with your garden and yard.  Many families like to keep a beautiful garden and perhaps grow their own organic fruits and vegetables.  However, these can be a feeding ground for squirrels and raccoons, along with a perfect hunting ground for spiders and other tiny predators.  These pests live and return to these areas, so keeping them cleaned up is a must.

Start by removing brush from your garden.  This brush occurs naturally and blows in as debris, but must be eliminated from the garden as it accrues there.  Any debris in your garden will hide pests and other problems in your garden until they have spread, making it harder to keep things clean and keep these trouble spots as a place for you to be proud of.  As the seasons change, animals that have fed there all year will want to find a nearby hidey-hole that is close to the food source that they have used during the summer months.  This means your home.  So the first step is keeping them out of your garden in the first place by keeping it clean of debris!

Next, you'll need to till your garden.  burrowing animals like moles, and insect like millipedes and some spiders will make their homes in the nutrient rich soil of your garden.  Tilling your garden, alongside being good for your soil and preparing your garden to flourish next season, disturbs these pests and can force them to find new "luxury accommodations".  Moving them away from their comfort zones helps get them out of your life.

Planting pest repelling flowers and plants can also help.  These do not have to be ugly Venus Flytraps, they can be beautiful, but plants such as garlic and spearmint repel some insects.  Find out what your local pests are and what repels them, and plant accordingly.

These are just a few of the steps necessary to keeping your home from being infested by vermin during the fall and winter months.  If any fail, you can call a pest control specialist like Chuck Richardson at Richardson Pest Control.  Visit them today at http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today.

 

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Yellowjackets, Paper Wasps and Mosquitoes are the St. Louis Area's least favorite stinging insects.  These pests will put a real hurt on residents this summer unless dealt with by a professional.
Paper Wasps are small colony, semi-social insects.  They eat caterpillars and flies, as well as nectar.  These are all attractants to the paper wasp, bringing them to your house.  They are not aggressive by nature as a species, but will attack en masse if you threaten their nest.  The stings are extremely painful (believe me) and can be deadly if there's an allergy involved.  They attack in a swarm, and can be difficult to avoid when angered.
They tend to hang their nests, built in a comb fashion from the cellulose in wood, from tree branches and twigs, doorframes, windows, soffits, attic rafters, the bottom joints of your deck and railings, and the eaves of your homes. They are sometimes called umbrella wasps, after the shape of their paper nests. While they seem like a seasonal threat, the females can and will find a way into your home once they are inseminated in the autumn, especially with particulaarly tall ceilings or cathedral arches that don't get a lot of attention.
The best way to avoid problems with paper wasps is to avoid them.  While this is easier said than done, checking your shrubs and trees before trimming them can save you some serious welts.  Make sure your decks and rails are treated, not just to keep them from rotting, but to keep paper wasps from using the cellulose in the wood to make their nests nearby.  If you spot one of these umbrella shaped paper nests, do not engage.  Call a St. Louis pest control expert, as you will be stung repeatedly if you attempt to remove this dangerous hazard.
Yellowjackets come in several varieties, but can be identified by their distinctive black and yellow markings. Many species have patterns of stripes on their abdomens, which help a pest control expert identify which species you are dealing with.  However, they all sting and are all aggressive.  Yellowjackets are particularly violent, and will sting repeatedly.  Allergic reactions are a real concern, as stinging insects send 500,000 people to the hospital yearly.  They actually become MORE aggressive in Autumn as the colony, excepting the Queen, begins to die out.
Yellowjackets tend to nest in the ground or in large, unoccupied areas, such as attics.  They can be found anywhere that humans can.  Their diet consists mainly of sweets and proteins, and they are drawn to sodas and meats, making them the worst picnic guest imaginable.  Cover your drinks and clean up your mess immediately after eating to avoid trouble with these angry stingers.  They will circle trash cans, so be careful where you throw things, as an errant can can infuriate a swarm.  If you need to get rid of yellowjackets, call a pest control expert.  These aggressive insects require special equipment to safely remove without being attacked.
Mosquitoes are a whole different type of stinging insect.  Mosquitoes breed in standing, stagnant water and soft soil, and will go from an egg to an adult in 10 days to 2 weeks.  The females are the blood suckers, while the males feed on nectar from plants.  They are well known to spread West Nile virus, dengue fever and malaria, but are also responsible for leaving swollen, itching bite marks on the skin of their victims.
To avoid mosquitoes, ensure that sources of standing water such as birdbaths, non filtered pools, kiddie pools, storm drains and small ponds are churned or replaced weekly.  Make sure that overgrown vegetation around these also needs to be removed. (Which sounds like a blast in 106 degree weather.) There are fish that eat mosquitoes, such as gambusia, green sunfish, bluegills and minnows which can be added to ponds to discourage their growth.  Keep them out of the house with screens over windows and doors.  They are most active at dusk and dawn,so make sure to use a repellent with DEET when outdoors, especially at these times. Just because you aren't near standing water, you're not necessarily safe, as mosquitoes fly up to 14 miles for a meal.
Unwanted guests are always nuisances. Unwanted pests are downright bothersome. If you have animals invading your attic or critters crawling where they shouldn’t be, contact Richardson Pest Solutions. They are members of the National Pest Management Association, and have been a family-owned and family-operated business since 1972. Please contact them today for free inspections and estimates. They are available Monday through Saturday and are ready to serve you. Visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today.

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This is part 3 of the Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis Summer Pest Guide.  Tips and tricks which will help make your outdoor Summer better.

Welcome back to Richardson Pest Solution's three-part guide to keeping your backyard a sanctuary from your regular life.  Part one dealt with how your patio furniture could attract spiders, how your stepping stones in the garden become a free path into your home, and how your barbeque grill can be a home for wasp nests.  Part two  discussed how your lawn furniture can give a resting spot (and easy access to you)for stinging insects, how your yard equipment can disturb wasp and hornet nests and cause a full attack, why your landscaping and foundation can attract all sorts of insects, and why you should keep tree branches trimmed away from your home. Now, we will show how birdhouses can hide dangers, hummingbird feeders can bring unwanted pain to your home, burning the wrong candles can entice pests, and why sprays need to be used judiciously.

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The second part to a three part series on why the things in your St. Louis backyard attract pests, and what steps you can use to control and manage them.

Welcome back to Richardson Pest Solution's three-part guide to keeping your backyard a sanctuary from your regular life.  Part one dealt with how your patio furniture could attract spiders, how your stepping stones in the garden become a free path into your home, and how your barbeque grill can be a home for wasp nests.  Now, we will discuss how your lawn furniture can give a resting spot (and easy access to you)for stinging insects, how your yard equipment can disturb wasp and hornet nests and cause a full attack, why your landscaping and foundation can attract all sorts of insects, and why you should keep tree branches trimmed away from your home.

Unattended lawn furniture becomes a perfect hiding place for hornets and other stinging insects.  People tend to reach beneath chairs and tables without looking, which can lead to some very painful encounters with stingers.  Make sure to check all lawn furniture before entertaining or relaxing to avoid unpleasant meetings with unwanted guests.  Remember, these insects look at you as the invader, and will act accordingly.  Look before you sit and look before you reach, and keep wasp and hornet spray accessible when outdoors.

Lawnmowers, weed eaters and other equipment that keeps your home beautiful can instigate an unpleasant encounter with the creatures in the yard.  The noise and smoke that these gas-powered tools create can drive stinging insects into an attacking frenzy.  As always, keep an eye out for nests and circling wasps that can indicate a nest. If you see wasps, bees or other dangerous insects, keep the spray handy.  Create yourself a backup plan for emergencies, and an escape plan for when you disturb a nest.  Again, they see you as a threat to their home, and will defend it.

Landscaping and the foundation of your home of your house are a problem that can blindside a homeowner.  Without doing the research, and selecting plants for their appearance only, creates a new problem.  Many popular plants used in landscaping attract aphids, which are a problem in that they are a food source for spiders, and they eat your plants and release honeydew, which brings both ants and sooty mould, an  unpleasant fungus that coats your plants and stunts their growth.  Several plants, such as the Mexican Aster, the Fernleaf Yarrow, and the Fennel plant attract lacewings and hoverflies, the aphid's natural predators. Planting these can lead to a reduction in aphid population.

Tree branches are an open invitation for squirrels, raccoons and other animals, as well as odorous house ants, to enter your home.  These pests find a bridge to your warm, inviting home an irresistable lure.  Trimming your trees and bushes to keep from creating walkways into your home is vital, as raccoons and squirrels trash your attics and chew your wiring, causing very expensive fixes, while ants infest every nook and cranny of your home.

Thanks for reading part two of our three part summer pest guide.  Read more at http://richardsonpestsolutions.com and look for part three of the guide soon.

 

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