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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.

If you are like most homeowners, you are probably confused by all of the conflicting "advice" on mole control. You may believe that every rumor, home remedy, or control method is worth trying. A common example is when homeowners try to control lawn grubs and insects to reduce mole activity. However, this is often unsuccessful because the mole's primary food source is earthworms. In fact, many chemicals and home remedies (including castor oil derivatives and grub controls) are not only ineffective when dealing with moles, but they allow the animals time to establish and become real problems. Moles can quickly colonize and spread through adjacent residential properties if not handled properly. Because they need a well-established tunnel network to survive, control will be more difficult the longer they are allowed to tunnel and become habituated.

On large properties mole activity may move from one part of the lawn to another. This movement is affected by climate and ground moisture. Moles will respond to changes in food supply as different insects become available in different places and at different times throughout the year. If disturbed, moles may temporarily leave an area but will usually return when you least expect it. Even without disturbance mole activity may last only a week or two in a particular area. This here-today, gone-tomorrow behavior is probably the root of most of the misconceptions that make some home remedies and pesticides appear credible.

Habitat modification

Over-watering your lawn can bring soil invertebrates and moles closer to the ground surface, making tunnels more visible. Reducing the amount or frequency of watering may help temporarily. Reducing the amount of turfgrass on your property will also reduce the visible signs of damage. In the long run, converting lawn to gardens, paths, hedgerows, or other more natural habitats can save you time and money as well as provide habitat for beneficial birds and butterflies.
Scare tactics and repellents

Numerous home remedies have been used, but results are inconsistent and generally ineffective. Remedies such as pickle juice, broken glass, red pepper, razor blades, bleach, moth balls, rose branches, human hair balls, vibrators, ultrasonic devices, castor bean derivatives (Castor Oil), and explosives may relieve frustrations, but they have little value in controlling moles and may harm you or the environment. Furthermore, certain chemicals or explosives are illegal to use.
Trapping

Trapping is the most effective and practical method of mole control. In general, trapping success is greatest in the spring and fall, especially after rain. In the summer and winter, moles are active in deep soil and more difficult to locate.  Let Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis help you trap your mole today!

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When the weather changes, so does the methodology for pest control.  As you turn to the heater instead of the air conditioner, turn to a pest control expert to clear your house of the vermin that wishes to make your home their warm winter haven, such as mice, rats, and raccoons.  These nesting animals find themselves in your attics and crawlspaces, and make themselves at home, often destroying your home in the process.

Rats are some of the most destructive, dirty, and dangerous pests to have in or around your home. Since they are rodents, they must constantly chew or gnaw on hard materials to keep their teeth worn down. This can include almost any part of your home, including wood, metal or plastic pipes, siding, air conditioning ductwork, wiring, even concrete! Not only is it destructive, their affinity for wiring insulation can cause a fire hazard. They can breed up to 6 times in a year, producing 5-10 babies each time. Once they take up residence in your home, they can quickly multiply, increasing the damage and danger to you and your property.

Rats have very poor eyesight, and they adapt to this shortcoming by urinating and defecating almost constantly. They follow these trails of urine and droppings (also call pellets) to find their way around their environment, and in and out of your home or business. These droppings can create odor problems, as well as diseases, including salmonella, hantavirus, tularemia, and many others. Homes with a rat infestation will often require extensive repair and cleanup (disinfecting) in order to make them safe to live in.Roo Rat Animal Control
There are two types of rats that typically cause problems in the United States. They are the Norway rat, which is also called the sewer rat or wharf rat. His cousin the Roof rat, also known as the black rat, is just as destructive, but tends to be a better climber than the Norway rat, as a result it is more often found in the attics of homes and businesses than the Norway rat. Although they are different species, they inflict the same types of damage and cause the same dangers to you, your family, and your property.

Control and extermination of rats involves a series of steps in many situations. The first step is removal, which usually means trapping all of the rats living in the structure. Rodenticides or poisons are usually not the best way to remove an infestation initially because they often cause you to have dead and decomposing animals in the structure of your home, which can lead to further contamination, terrible odors, and insect problems. A thorough inspection to identify entry points on your home will often reveal a need for exclusion to prevent reentry of rats once the initial removal is completed. Because rats can squeeze through very small openings, it is often impossible to fully 'ratproof' a structure. In many cases, we can implement a control program to prevent a reinfestation which will include retreatment if needed.

Don't think just because mice are small that they are any less destructive to your home and property. They can enter through even smaller openings, and they reproduce just as quickly. As a matter of fact, they are actually more prevalent than rats are across the country. There is literally nowhere that they are not found, and they have even been known to make their way into homes in the packing of furniture and appliances straight from the warehouse! Without professional treatment, there is no way to be fully protected from these little pests. They carry the same dangers and diseases that their larger cousins do, and can be even harder to detect and remove due to their small size and smaller range.

If you know or suspect your home may have rats or mice, don't wait! Call the pest control experts at Richardson Pest Solution of St Louis, we have a staff of Wildlife Removal Specialists who are fully licensed and insured. We are experts at the control and prevention of rodents in both residential and commercial areas.

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Most Missouri bats are members of the evening bat family. They are generally inactive during the brighter hours of the day, preferring evening, night and early morning for their feeding flights. When not in flight, they rest in the dark seclusion of natural places such as caves, hollow trees and rock crevices. They also may occupy vacant buildings, church steeples, attics,spaces between walls, and belfries. Bats can enter places of refuge through very small openings or cracks as narrow as three-eighths of an inch.

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Visit us at richardsonpestsolutions.com to make an appointment with the bat control experts of St. Louis, Richardson Pest Solutions.

 

The St. Louis County Department of Health has this to say about Bats, from their Rabies Fact Sheet:

IF YOU HAVE A BAT IN YOUR HOME, CALL 314-615-1630 TO REACH THE ST LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COMMUNICABLE DISEASES CONTROL SERVICES


 

WHAT IS RABIES?


Rabies is a severe viral infection of the brain and spinal cord that results in death.  Click here to download part 1 and part 2 of the Rabies information series!


 

 

WHO GETS RABIES?

All warm blooded mammals, including humans, are succeptible to rabies.  Rabies is most commonly found in bats, skunks, raccoons, amd foxes.  Dogs, cats, and ferrets can get rabies if nor vaccinated.  Rabies is very rare among small rodents such as mice, rats, gerbils, chipmunks, hamsters, rabbits and squirrels.  Livestock are also low risk for transmitting the virus.


 

 

HOW COMMON IS RABIES?

 

Wild animals account for the majority of all rabies cases in the United States.  Human rabies is rare in the US, averaging 2-3 cases per year.  In recent years, bites from rabid bats are the primary source of human rabies in the US.  In Missouri, most of the animals testing positive for rabies are bats.  The last human rabies death in Missouri was reported in 2008.


 

 

HOW IS RABIES SPREAD?

 

The rabies virus lives in the saliva and nervous tissue of an infected animal.  It is transmitted by a bite or scratch from an infected animal.  It can also be transmitted if the saliva touches broken skin, open wounds, or the lining of the mouth, nose, or eyes.

A bite or scratch from a bat can inflict minor injury and be difficult to detect as bats have small, needle-like teeth.  For that reason, if you find an animal in your home you should call Animal Control to capture the bat for rabies testing and seek medical advice.  If the bat is  not available for testing, rabies prophylaxis should be considered.


 

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF RABIES IN HUMANS?

 

Rabies is almost always fatal in humans.  Early symptoms may include headache, fever, fatigue, anxiety and unusual sensations at the site of the bite (itching tingling, burning, or cold).  Late symptoms may include confusion, seizures, paralysis and death.

Symptoms generally appear 4-6 weeks after exposure, but onset may occur from a range of 5 days to a year or longer.


 

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BITTEN

 

  • Immediately flush the wound with soap and water.
  • If the animal is a pet, get the owner's name address and phone number.
  • If the animal is a stray, try to notice any features of the animal that will allow you to identify it later.
  • Call animal control to report the bite or bat in your home.
  • Seek medical evaluationof the bite and a tetanus shot, if necessary.

 


 

HOW CAN YOU PREVENT RABIES?

 

  • Make sure that your pets are vaccinated against rabies and that their shots are up-to-date.
  • Avoid wild animals, especially bats, skunks, foxes and raccoons.  Avoid stray animals.
  • Do not handle dead, sick, or injured wild animals yourself; call animal control.  If you must handle the animal, use heavy gloves or a tool to avoid direct contact.
  • "Bat Proof" your home by putting a cap on your chimney and closing any openings (the size of a dime or larger) in your home that lead to the outside or attic.

 


 

HOW IS RABIES DIAGNOSED?

 

In humans, rabies is diagnosed by a history of exposure, development of symptoms and detection of rabies virus in brain tissue.  In dogs and cats, rabies is diagnosed by quarantine of the animal for 10 days after a bite.  If the animal develops symptoms symptoms or dies in the 10 days, the brain is sent for testing.  In wild animals there is no defined quarantine period.  If rabies is suspected in a wild animal, the brain is sen to the lab for testing.


For more information about rabies and bat control in St. Louis County, St. Charles, Wentzville, O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Ellisville, Fenton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, Town & Country, Webster Groves, and all other St. Louis Counties, visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today and call (314) 297-2210 in St. Louis or 636-387-2400 in St. Charles to schedule an appointment.

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Raccoon Wildlife Animal Control Services
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Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis can help with raccoons!

Every spring, hundreds of female raccoons break into attics and crawl down chimneys in our area in search of a safe place to give birth to their young. It's usually during the second week of April that we start getting calls from people asking how to get rid of raccoons in the attic.

Raccoons are very strong and can easily break blades out of louver-vents and tear shingles off a roof to gain access to an attic. They can also dismantle faulty chimney caps and tear off chimney screens. Once inside an attic or chimney, raccoons will create a nesting area and designate a spot to be their toilet — raccoons always defecate and urinate in the same spot. This can cause a terrible odor as it soaks into the insulation, sheetrock or sealing tiles.

Raccoons are also very destructive by nature and will often tear apart insulation and wiring and rip shingles off the roof for no apparent reason. A raccoon is a very dangerous animal to have living in your attic or chimney for a number of reasons, and we feel it's wise to hire a professional to deal with your raccoon problem.

Common Symptoms of a Raccoon Problem

  • Loud noises in your attic, especially at night.
  • Juvenile raccoon chatter, which sounds like a nest of baby birds chirping.
  • Scratching, loud noises or chirping in your fireplace.
  • Noticeable damage on the outside of the house
  • Raccoon sightings on roof or porch

Raccoon trapping is the only permanent way of getting rid of raccoons. Raccoons must be trapped and removed from the location to completely solve the problem. If the raccoon's entry point is blocked while it is out searching for food and it is separated from its young, it will literally tear a house apart to get back in. For this reason the raccoons must be trapped and removed.

Raccoon Exclusion

Once all raccoons have been trapped and removed, Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis will perform raccoon exclusion services. In raccoon removal services the term "exclusion" refers to securing the hole(s) or entry point(s) the raccoon(s) were using to gain access to the attic. This will prevent any raccoons from entering these areas in the future. If the raccoons inhabit a chimney, we will install a stainless steel chimney cap to secure the chimney. All of our exclusion services and chimney caps come with written warranties. If any raccoons get through any of our work during the warranty period we will return to make repairs at no cost to the customer.

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Habitat modification

Over-watering your lawn can bring soil invertebrates and moles closer to the ground surface, making tunnels more visible. Reducing the amount or frequency of watering may help temporarily. Reducing the amount of turfgrass on your property will also reduce the visible signs of damage. In the long run, converting lawn to gardens, paths, hedgerows, or other more natural habitats can save you time and money as well as provide habitat for beneficial birds and butterflies.

Scare tactics and repellents

Numerous home remedies have been used, but results are inconsistent and generally ineffective. Remedies such as pickle juice, broken glass, red pepper, razor blades, bleach, moth balls, rose branches, human hair balls, vibrators, ultrasonic devices, castor bean derivatives (Castor Oil), and explosives may relieve frustrations, but they have little value in controlling moles and may harm you or the environment. Furthermore, certain chemicals or explosives are illegal to use.

Trapping

Trapping is the most effective and practical method of mole control. In general, trapping success is greatest in the spring and fall, especially after rain. In the summer and winter, moles are active in deep soil and more difficult to locate.  Let Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis help you trap your mole today!
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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.

If you are like most homeowners, you are probably confused by all of the conflicting "advice" on mole control. You may believe that every rumor, home remedy, or control method is worth trying. A common example is when homeowners try to control lawn grubs and insects to reduce mole activity. However, this is often unsuccessful because the mole's primary food source is earthworms. In fact, many chemicals and home remedies (including castor oil derivatives and grub controls) are not only ineffective when dealing with moles, but they allow the animals time to establish and become real problems. Moles can quickly colonize and spread through adjacent residential properties if not handled properly. Because they need a well-established tunnel network to survive, control will be more difficult the longer they are allowed to tunnel and become habituated.

On large properties mole activity may move from one part of the lawn to another. This movement is affected by climate and ground moisture. Moles will respond to changes in food supply as different insects become available in different places and at different times throughout the year. If disturbed, moles may temporarily leave an area but will usually return when you least expect it. Even without disturbance mole activity may last only a week or two in a particular area. This here-today, gone-tomorrow behavior is probably the root of most of the misconceptions that make some home remedies and pesticides appear credible.

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The brown recluse spider or violin spider, Loxosceles reclusa, is a well-known member of the family Sicariidae (formerly placed in a family "Loxoscelidae").

It is usually between 6–20 mm (¼ in and ¾ in), but may grow larger. It is brown and sometimes an almost deep yellow color and usually has markings on the dorsal side of its cephalothorax, with a black line coming from it that looks like a violin with the neck of the violin marking pointing to the rear of the spider, resulting in the nicknames fiddleback spider, brown fiddler or violin spider.


How to Identify a Brown Recluse?

In the mature brown recluse spider as well as some other species of recluse spiders, the dark violin marking is well defined, with the neck of the violin pointing toward the bulbous abdomen. The abdomen is uniformly colored, although the coloration can range from light tan to dark brown, and is covered with numerous fine hairs that provide a velvety appearance. The long, thin, brown legs also are covered with fine hairs, but not spines. Adult brown recluse spiders have a leg span about the size of a quarter. Their body is about 3/8 inches long and about 3/16 inches wide. Males are slightly smaller in body length than females, but males have proportionally longer legs. Both sexes are venomous. Spider ControlThe immature stages closely resemble the adults except for size and a slightly lighter color. Whereas most spiders have eight eyes, recluse spiders have six eyes that are arranged in pairs in a semicircle on the forepart of the cephalothorax (see close-up view). A 10X hand lens or microscope is needed to see this diagnostic feature. In order to determine the exact species of Loxosceles, the spider's genitalia need to be examined under a high-power microscope.
This requires the skills of a spider expert.

Let Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis, and their pest control experts help!

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Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis can help with Rats & Mice!

Rats are some of the most destructive, dirty, and dangerous pests to have in or around your home. Since they are rodents, they must constantly chew or gnaw on hard materials to keep their teeth worn down. This can include almost any part of your home, including wood, metal or plastic pipes, siding, air conditioning ductwork, wiring, even concrete! Not only is it destructive, their affinity for wiring insulation can cause a fire hazard. They can breed up to 6 times in a year, producing 5-10 babies each time. Once they take up residence in your home, they can quickly multiply, increasing the damage and danger to you and your property.

Rats have very poor eyesight, and they adapt to this shortcoming by urinating and defecating almost constantly. They follow these trails of urine and droppings (also call pellets) to find their way around their environment, and in and out of your home or business. These droppings can create odor problems, as well as diseases, including salmonella, hantavirus, tularemia, and many others. Homes with a rat infestation will often require extensive repair and cleanup (disinfecting) in order to make them safe to live in.Roo Rat Animal Control
There are two types of rats that typically cause problems in the United States. They are the Norway rat, which is also called the sewer rat or wharf rat. His cousin the Roof rat, also known as the black rat, is just as destructive, but tends to be a better climber than the Norway rat, as a result it is more often found in the attics of homes and businesses than the Norway rat. Although they are different species, they inflict the same types of damage and cause the same dangers to you, your family, and your property.

Control and extermination of rats involves a series of steps in many situations. The first step is removal, which usually means trapping all of the rats living in the structure. Rodenticides or poisons are usually not the best way to remove an infestation initially because they often cause you to have dead and decomposing animals in the structure of your home, which can lead to further contamination, terrible odors, and insect problems. A thorough inspection to identify entry points on your home will often reveal a need for exclusion to prevent reentry of rats once the initial removal is completed. Because rats can squeeze through very small openings, it is often impossible to fully 'ratproof' a structure. In many cases, we can implement a control program to prevent a reinfestation which will include retreatment if needed.

Don't think just because mice are small that they are any less destructive to your home and property. They can enter through even smaller openings, and they reproduce just as quickly. As a matter of fact, they are actually more prevalent than rats are across the country. There is literally nowhere that they are not found, and they have even been known to make their way into homes in the packing of furniture and appliances straight from the warehouse! Without professional treatment, there is no way to be fully protected from these little pests. They carry the same dangers and diseases that their larger cousins do, and can be even harder to detect and remove due to their small size and smaller range.

If you know or suspect your home may have rats or mice, don't wait! Call the pest control experts at Richardson Pest Solution of St Louis, we have a staff of Wildlife Removal Specialists who are fully licensed and insured. We are experts at the control and prevention of rodents in both residential and commercial areas.

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"I keep seeing big, black ants in my house, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. I spray the ones I see, but they keep coming back. What kind of ants are these, where do they come from, and how do I get rid of them?" These are the questions typically asked by homeowners who have carpenter ants. They are also one of the most difficult to control.
Biology and Habits

Carpenter ants, vary in size and color but are usually large (1/4-1/2 inch) and blackish. Occasionally, swarms of winged carpenter ant reproductives will emerge inside a home. Carpenter ant swarms usually occur in the spring and are a sure sign that a colony is nesting somewhere inside the structure.

Winged carpenter ants can be distinguished from termites by their larger size and shape of their antennae, waist and wings.

Besides being objectionable by their presence, carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting. They excavate galleries in wood which have a smooth, sandpapered appearance. Wood which has been damaged by carpenter ants contains no mud-like material, as is the case with termites. Shredded fragments of wood, similar in appearance to coarse sawdust, are ejected from the galleries through preexisting cracks or slits made by the ants. When such accumulations are found (typically containing dead ants and bits of insects which the carpenter ants have eaten), it's a good indication that a carpenter ant nest is nearby. Oftentimes, however, the excavated sawdust remains hidden behind a wall or in some other concealed area.

The extent and potential damage to a home depends on how many nests are actually present within the structure, and how long the infestation has been active. Although large carpenter ant colonies are capable of causing structural damage, the damage is not normally as serious as that from termites. In some cases, the damage may be relatively insignificant, but this can only be determined by locating and exposing the nest area.
Tips When Calling a Professional

Oftentimes, it will be difficult or impossible to locate and destroy the carpenter ant nest(s). In this case, the homeowner may wish to call a professional pest control operator. Pest control companies approach carpenter ant problems differently. Some attempt to locate the nest and selectively treat only in specific areas. Other companies take more of a "shot-gun" approach, drilling and dusting as many potential wall voids and nesting sites as possible. Most companies also apply a perimeter spray treatment around the outside foundation of the home in an effort to temporarily prevent reinvasion. The approach which should not be used is simply to spray each month where carpenter ants are seen. If no effort is made to locate the nest(s) or probable nest areas, the problem will most likely continue.

Typically, there will be wide differences in price depending on the company and amount of effort expended. Since carpenter ant problems are not always solved on the first attempt, the type of guarantee and reputation of the company should be factored into the purchasing decision.  Let Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis, the St. Louis Pest Control Experts help today!

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The presence of swarmers, wings or damaged wood signals that termites are infesting a structure.

Swarmers: Generally, the first sign of infestation noticed by homeowners is the presence of swarming reproductives on window sills or near indoor light. Swarmers inside the house nearly always indicate an active infestation in the structure. The presence of swarmers outdoors is a natural phenomenon, but should warn that termites are near and possibly attacking a nearby building.

Wings: Another indication is the presence of wings, discarded by swarmers as a normal part of their behavior, found near emergence sites, on window sills or in cobwebs. Infestations also can be detected by the presence of shelter tubes going up the sides of piers, utility entrances or foundation walls.

Damaged wood: Wood damage often is not found initially, but it definitely indicates termite infestation. Any wood-to-soil contact is a potential site of entry into a home. Wood that yields a dull, thudding sound when struck by a screwdriver or hammer should be examined. Careful probing of suspected areas with a sharp, pointed instrument such as an ice pick will disclose termite galleries or damage.

Management

Control measures include reducing the potential for subterranean termite infestation, preventing termite entry, and applying residual chemicals for remedial treatment. Termites
Let Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis help today!

Control

Control services offer several choices in baiting systems to treat termites. This technology requires that the applicator know termite biology and behavior to apply the baits correctly. It also demands diligent monitoring. Some baiting systems are advertised to be used alone in termite control; others are used with liquid termiticides. In general, baits require several trips to the job site for installation and monitoring. Control may take from a few weeks to more than a year.

Termite treatment requires specialized equipment such as drills, pressure injectors, pressure-generating pumps and high-gallon tanks. Therefore, in almost every instance, using the services of professional pest control operators is recommended. They are familiar with construction principles and practices, have the necessary equipment, and know termite biology and habits. Members of the pest control industry who offer termite control may be licensed or certified by a state agency for competence in treatment procedures that provide safe and effective control.

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Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States. They cause more than $2 billion in damage each year, more property damage than that caused by fire and windstorm combined.

In nature, subterranean termites are beneficial. They break down many dead trees and other wood materials that would otherwise accumulate. The biomass of this breakdown process is recycled to the soil as humus.

Problems occur when termites attack the wooden elements of human structures -- homes, businesses and warehouses. Their presence is not readily noticed because they hide their activity behind wallboards, siding or wood trim.

Homeowners in all areas of Missouri should watch for subterranean termites and take precautions to prevent infestations. To minimize damage from termites, it is helpful to know the description, life cycle and infestation signs of termites as well as preventive and control measures.


Identification

Subterranean termites are social insects that live in nests or colonies in the soil, hence their name “subterranean.”

Reproductive males and females can be winged (primary) or wingless (secondary or tertiary). Each can produce new offspring. The bodies of primary reproductives, also called swarmers or alates, vary by species from coal black to pale yellow-brown. Wings may be pale or smoky gray to brown and have few distinct veins. Swarmer termites are about 1/4 to 3/8 inch long.

Termite workers make up the largest number of individuals within a colony. Workers are wingless, white to creamy white, and 1/4 to 3/8 inch long. They do all of the work of the colony -- feeding the other castes, grooming the queen, excavating the nest and making tunnels. In working, they chew and eat wood, causing the destruction that makes termites economically important.

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Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.

Termites are detritivores, or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood and wood in the soil. A termite’s mouth is capable of tearing pieces of woody material. This ability is what causes concern in human dwellings: while termite workers only measure approximately 1 cm to a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property. House foundations, furniture, shelves and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites.

Subterranean termite homes are usually formed in soil. Within these mounds, termites build elaborate tunnel systems and mud tunnels through which they access above-ground food sources. Drywood termites live within the wood they consume and oftentimes infest walls and furniture.

When a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. Winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in springtime. After mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations in the case of drywood termites.

What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Home?

Control measures include reducing the potential for subterranean termite infestation, preventing termite entry, and applying residual chemicals for remedial treatment. Control services offer several choices in baiting systems to treat termites. This technology requires that the applicator know termite biology and behavior to apply the baits correctly. It also demands diligent monitoring. Some baiting systems are advertised to be used alone in termite control; others are used with liquid termiticides. In general, baits require several trips to the job site for installation and monitoring. Control may take from a few weeks to more than a year.

Termite treatment requires specialized equipment such as drills, pressure injectors, pressure-generating pumps and high-gallon tanks. Therefore, in almost every instance, using the services of professional pest control operators is recommended. They are familiar with construction principles and practices, have the necessary equipment, and know termite biology and habits. Members of the pest control industry who offer termite control may be licensed or certified by a state agency for competence in treatment procedures that provide safe and effective control.

Eliminate Moisture Problems

  • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and A/C units
  • Divert water from foundation
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean
  • Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
  • Get rid of standing water on roof
  • Keep all vents clear and open
  • Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes


Remove Termite Food Sources

  • Keep firewood, lumber or paper away from foundation or crawl space
  • Get rid of stumps and debris near house
  • Place screens on outside vents
  • Check decks and wooden fences for damage
  • Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil


Termite Warning Signs & Identification

Some indications you may have a termite infestation:

  • A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
  • Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces.
  • Discarded wings from swarmers.

Simply visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today and utilize the live chat function located in the bottom right corner, and ask your question to Chuck, who can help you to either fix your issue if it's an emergency, or make an appointment to come to your home or business to help you in person.  Chuck and his experienced staff of professional pest control experts can come to your home for St. Louis County, St. Charles, Wentzville, O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Ellisville, Fenton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, Town & Country, Webster Groves, and all other St. Louis Counties, visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today and call (314) 297-2210 in St. Louis or 636-387-2400 in St. Charles to schedule an appointment.

Chuck Richardson is a member of the National Pest Management Association, and has been a family-owned and family-operated business since 1972. His vast experience can help with any pest control problem you have.

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Everyone has questions about pest control, and the answer can't always be found online.  While countless articles have been written about the different ways to eliminate ants or get rid of spiders or control raccoons or bats, each situation is different.  That's why Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis, MO, is proud to announce their new Live Chat system that allows you to ask Chuck Richardson, NPMA-Certified professional, your pest control questions.

Simply visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today and utilize the live chat function located in the bottom right corner, and ask your question to Chuck, who can help you to either fix your issue if it's an emergency, or make an appointment to come to your home or business to help you in person.  Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis, MO is an NPMA Certified Pest Control company, servicing St. Louis County, St. Charles, Wentzville, O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Ellisville, Fenton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, Town & Country, Webster Groves, and all other St. Louis Counties.  They have been in business since 1972, and have the experience to take care of spiders, ants, termites, bats, moles, squirrels, rats and mice, and racoons.  They use the most advanced techniques and safest chemicals, and will make sure that your home is pest free.  Call (314) 297-2210 in St. Louis or 636-387-2400 in St. Charles, and visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today for more information.

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When ants invade your home in St. Charles, Wentzville, or O'Fallon, Missouri, it's important to react quickly.  Seeing an ant can often mean that hundreds more are following in his footsteps.  Ants move similarly to water, following the path of least resistance into your home.  They can follow tree branches onto windowsills, squeeze through tracks, and get into your home in ways that you can't imagine.  They find their way into your home and make off with your food.

However, there are people there to fight for you.  Pest Control professionals such as Chuck Richardson of Richardson Pest Solutions are trained specifically to find where ants get in and keep them out of your home.  Ants follow pheremone trails left by scouts to your home, and pest control professionals use this against them.  Ant poisons work by letting the ants walk through and consume the poisons, and carry them back to their nest, infecting the rest of the colony.

Typically, there will be wide differences in price depending on the company and amount of effort expended. Since carpenter ant problems are not always solved on the first attempt, the type of guarantee and reputation of the company should be factored into the purchasing decision.  Let Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis help today!  Visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com for more information and call (314) 297-2210 to schedule an appointment.

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Bats can be one of the most dangerous animals to deal with, due to their high level of rabies infection.  Bats can nest in your home and attics and are generally inactive during the brighter hours of the day, preferring evening, night and early morning for their feeding flights. When not in flight, they rest in the dark seclusion of natural places such as caves, hollow trees and rock crevices. They also may occupy vacant buildings, church steeples, attics,spaces between walls, and belfries. Bats can enter places of refuge through very small openings or cracks as narrow as three-eighths of an inch.

This makes them a likely candidate to find their way into your home, particularly if you are near these areas, with woods surrounding your home.  Many pest control companies will not perform bat removal early in the season, preferring to wait until the bats have matured until they are removed.  Richardson Pest Solutions of St. Louis prefers to remove bats from your home when you want them removed, because you shouldn't have to wait until someone else is ready to help you to get a dangerous, potentially rabid animal out of your home.

Rabies, while not the only problem with having a bat in your home, is the most troubling.  Some facts about Rabies include:

  • All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.
  • Rabies is rare among most small rodents (mice, rats, gerbils, chipmunks, hamsters, rabbits, squirrels)
  • Bites from rabid bats are the primary source for human rabies in the United States
  • In Missouri, most of the animals testing positive for rabies are bats
  • Bites and scratches transfer rabies
  • Bats have small, needle-like teeth that can make it hard to identify if you have been bitten
  • Rabies is almost always fatal in humans
  • Early symptoms include headache, fatigue, fever, anxiety and unusual sensations at the site of the bite.
  • Later symptoms include confusion, seizures, paralysis, and death
  • Symptoms occur 4-6 weeks after exposure, but onset can range from 5 days to a year.


For more information about rabies and bat control in St. Louis County, St. Charles, Wentzville, O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Ellisville, Fenton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, Town & Country, Webster Groves, and all other St. Louis Counties, visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today and call (314) 297-2210 in St. Louis or 636-387-2400 in St. Charles to schedule an appointment.

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Bats are nocturnal animals that can inhabit your home at any time.  They can squeeze into small cracks and crevices, and would love to make your home their base of operations.  However, many pest control companies won't remove bats from your home until mid-August, while bats will find their way into your house early in the summer when the weather turns to live and have babies. While bats do not nest or gnaw, the guano and urine that accumulate in areas infested with bats can do serious damage.  Most families don't want bats in their home, and that's why Richardson Pest Solutions is not afraid to eliminate these threats when you discover them.  Richardson's will go into your attic to find the babies and remove them as well as the adults.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Bat.jpgBats are disease carriers, often carrying rabies, a disease which is deadly to humans.  Their tiny, needle-like teeth and claws make them ideal disease spreaders, as many people and animals bitten or scratched by bats can miss the injuries, allowing the disease to spread.

If you are hearing scratching sounds in your attic, DO NOT IGNORE IT.  This can be a variety of things, but none of them are good.  If you have raccoons, they will destroy your wiring and insulation.  If it's bats, they will fill your attic with urine and guano.  There is nothing good to be found in ignoring scratching in the attic.  If you hear these noises, or for more information about rabies and bat control in St. Louis County, St. Charles, Wentzville, O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Ellisville, Fenton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, Town & Country, Webster Groves, and all other St. Louis Counties, visit http://richardsonpestsolutions.com today and call (314) 297-2210 in St. Louis or 636-387-2400 in St. Charles to schedule an appointment.

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Follow the links below to download Bat Control and Rabies Informational Pdf's!

 

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Most Missouri bats are members of the evening bat family. They are generally inactive during the brighter hours of the day, preferring evening, night and early morning for their feeding flights. When not in flight, they rest in the dark seclusion of natural places such as caves, hollow trees and rock crevices. They also may occupy vacant buildings, church steeples, attics,spaces between walls, and belfries. Bats can enter places of refuge through very small openings or cracks as narrow as three-eighths of an inch.
The little brown bat and big brown bat are the species most commonly found in buildings. Female bats occupy nursery colonies in late spring or early summer when they give birth to young. Within a month, the young make feeding flights, but the colony may remain until fall dispersal to hibernation caves. Few bats overwinter in buildings.
By accident, an individual bat may enter a home through open doors, chimneys or windows unprotected by screens. When this occurs, chase the bat out open doors or windows with a broom; or wait until the bat settles, then cover it with a can or jar so you can slip a cover under the opening of the container without touching the bat. Wearing gloves during the bat removal procedure is recommended. Release the bat outdoors.
The only permanent method of preventing these roosts is to bat-proof the building. Do this by locating and blocking all entrances through which bats gain access. Entryways may be located by watching outside the building during the last half-hour of daylight and noting the points from which the bats emerge. Note such places as attic louvers, jointure of chimney and house, and gable ends. After the entryways are located, plan the needed repairs; nail loose siding, caulk crevices, replace missing moulding or trim, and cover larger openings with 1/4-inch mesh hardware cloth.
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If a bat is present in your home and you cannot rule out the possibility of exposure, leave the bat alone and contact an animal-control or public health agency for assistance.
The incidence of bats transmitting disease to man is low, but if such a situation occurred, it would suggest a need for control. Bat bites can be dangerous. As a precaution against exposure to disease, do not handle live bats. In case of bat bites, wash the area immediately with hot, soapy water and promptly notify a physician. If possible, capture the bat without damaging the head, place it in a jar or plastic bag and refrigerate. Health authorities may want it for a rabies test. Most cases of human rabies in the United States have been linked to exposure to bats.
A Massachusetts man critically ill with the first reported case of human rabies in state since 1935 was infected by a type of bat called a little brown myotis, state health officials said on Tuesday.The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said last week that the man, who has not been publicly identified, was diagnosed with the rare and potentially fatal disease and hospitalized in critical condition.   
South Carolina health officials said last month that a middle-aged woman died after contracting the state's first case of human rabies in half a century.The rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of infected animals, is generally spread when an animal bites or comes in close contact with a human or another animal, Massachusetts health officials said.  The virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.  Early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to those of many other illnesses, including fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort, according to the CDC.  Disease in humans can often be prevented by administering vaccine and antibodies quickly, if a person knows he or she has been exposed to rabies, officials say.

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Often, pest control is something that you can do yourself.  It's true.  You have a fly in the house, you swat it.  You see a spider, you squish it.  You see a mouse, buy a trap.  However, these are often just signs that you need more help than you think.  

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Most people, upon discovering a spider in their home, grab it in a paper towel and move on.  However, there are a lot of different ways to kill a spider.

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