Fall weather will lead wild animals to seek a new home….yours

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9th, 2010 by Gateway

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As the temperature drops outside, critters will work to get inside

 St. Louis, Missouri Pest Control, Jefferson County

 

Have you noticed the temperature is dropping every day?  Fall officially starts in just a few days, but clearly winter is approaching fast.  Squirrels, raccoons, skunks and mice are doing what comes naturally this time of year — looking for a warm, dry and food-filled spot to settle for a long winter’s nap. And that spot could very well be your home most likely in the attic, crawl space, or under your porch or deck.

The bad news?  While the critters are not napping, they will be burrowing, eating, gnawing on wires, and, yes, pooping and peeing in their new home — er, your home.

Many home owners think these wild animals are chewing or scratching their way in, but in reality they are not typically making openings, they simply exploit what’s there.  That means any obscured or unnoticed opening in siding, fascia boards, window frames and foundations are open doors to wildlife.

Squirrels and raccoons typically like high-altitude entry a chimney is virtually a perfect ‘in’ for them — like a hollow in a tree.

Skunks are more likely to go low, especially under decks and porches.

Mice? Well, that’s a tough one. Mice can squeeze through teeny-tiny spaces.  How small?  One fourth of an inch is all a mouse needs to enter your home.

The key to keeping critters out of your home is prevention, think like a raccoon or squirrel, where would they go is what many manuals or experts will tell you.  What you don’t know how a squirrel thinks?  Don’t feel bad most people don’t and that is why professional exterminators exist.  But before you call us you might want to check with you city to see if they provide an animal removal service.  Although many municipalities have eliminated departments helping residents with wildlife problems, some still can help. You’ll only know if you call.  Gateway Pest Control would love to be your exterminator, but we understand saving money too.  We hope you find our blog a useful tool and thus we present many solutions here that do not involve hiring us.  Speaking of which…

Prevention tips: Outdoor

•  Inspect  the gutters; chimney cap; roofline; eaves; fascia board; window frames. Look behind the gutter to make sure the wood behind has not rotted and gapped.

•  Check all roof venting.

•  Look for gaps or holes in the house’s foundation.  Mice squeeze through even tiny spaces.

•  Reconsider pet doors.

•  Secure trash containers.  Put out trash the morning of collection instead of the night before.

•  Never leave cat or dog food outside in bowls. It’s an invitation for other animals to feast. In particular, do not feed raccoons, which could carry diseases such as rabies, canine distemper and roundworm.  Appreciate wildlife, but appreciate it appropriately significant contact with humans usually ends badly for the animal.  The animal could become dependent on getting food from people and lose its ability to feed itself.  If you care about them, don’t feed them.

•  Check to make sure there are no holes allowing access under decks or the house — a favorite spot for skunks. If you detect a musky smell (not the spraying), that’s probably a skunk.

Indoors

•  Check the chimney flue.  If it’s been closed, it could be a perfect shelf for a raccoon to nest.

•  Inspect dark spaces, such as an attic, with a flashlight, without turning on the lights. This will enable you to see if light from outdoors is coming in through cracks or gaps.

•  Look for droppings in the attic or crawl space. One visual clue as to your type of infestation is that squirrels typically drop as they go.  Raccoons tend to find one place to use as a latrine.

•  Check for disturbed insulation, which is perfect bedding for squirrels and raccoons.

•  Inspect for gnawed wood or wires.  That’s a sure sign of infestation.

•  Peer inside cupboards and under sinks for signs (yes, its poop you are looking for) of mice. Mice can also chew through food wrappings and even peanut butter lids.

The good news

Infestation is not always a bad thing.  Bats and skunks are great to have around they are great pest control.  These animals are relatively harmless and can keep a home perimeter free of annoying insects and rodents.

Eviction tips

•  If you have a family of squirrels or raccoons in the attic, place a bowl full of ammonia in the space. The smell should drive them out you can also soak a cloth in ammonia and stick it in smaller spots or under a porch.

•   Try harassment.  Leave a light on and loud music on in the attic.  Animals like it quiet and safe.  If it’s light inside and noisy, it could cause them to find an alternative site.

•  Metal traps can be obtained from many municipalities for the capture and removal of bigger animals such as raccoons, squirrels, opossums or groundhogs.  Gateway Pest Control does offer this service as well, prices begin at $225.

•  Snap traps are the most humane if you have an invasion of mice. The “glue traps” are the worst, causing the animal to starve, dehydrate or stress itself to death.

Bats

Bats can live in attics, chimneys and basements. They are nocturnal and emerge at dusk. Some bats have a wingspan of 13 inches and live up to 19 years in the wild. They mate in October, before winter hibernation. They give birth in early June. They feast on flying insects, primarily moths and beetles. There would be an odor associated with their droppings (guano). A few bats might not be much of a problem, but if you get a colony, well, that’s noisy and dirty.

Raccoons

If they get into a house, they live primarily in attics and chimneys. They are adept when outdoors at knocking over garbage cans and stealing pet food and bird seed. Raccoons carry some very dangerous diseases, including rabies, canine distemper and roundworm. They are excellent climbers, have nimble paws and live up to more than 12 years in the wild. Some raccoons weigh as much as 40 pounds, and they mate in the winter, around December (happy holidays!).  Their young are born in the spring. Raccoons are nocturnal and eat just about anything and everything.

Squirrels

Scratch, scratch, scratch . . . sccrraaattch. That noise coming from the ceiling is probably the first clue many homeowners have that they are now cohabitating with squirrels. The critters are mostly active in the mornings and evenings and eat nuts and seeds. They establish “home territories” and communicate with scent, chattering and flicking their fluffy tale. Squirrels can carry parasites and leave a lot of excrement, which can pose health risks.

Rats and mice

They live everywhere: attics, walls, pantries, basements, closets . . . you name it. They have excellent hearing and sense of smell but poor eyesight. They often travel along the same paths that they’ve already marked with urine. They can crawl through the tiniest of holes, so in this case, prevention is the best cure.  Plug up all your holes and gaps.

Skunks

Yes, they love the spaces under decks or porches. They will live there peacefully unless disturbed or scared by humans and pets, especially dogs.  Skunks — which generally weigh 4 to 10 pounds and are 24 to 30 inches long — dig holes in yards and can accidentally get into homes.  The best method for elimination is trapping the critter with a solid-wall carrier.  The best way, according to wildlife-removal.com, to get rid of skunk smell is to shampoo with a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid dish soap.  Flush eyes out with water if sprayed in that area.  Skunks carry rabies….. Of course the easiest thing to do is simply call Gateway Pest Control at (636) 525-1008

This article is primarily about vertebrates but insects tend to move inside during the winter months as well be sure to have your home treated this fall as a preventative.

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How to Choose a Pest Control Company

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1st, 2010 by Gateway

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Jefferson County Missouri Pest Control

Help I need a pest control company now!!!!!!!!!!

So you have bugs and you want to hire a pest control professional, but who?  How do you choose the right one?  Where to turn?  Who to ask?

You could ask your neighbors…  oh wait, you don’t want them to know you have bugs.  You could go to the Yellow Pages… oh wait, you threw that away thinking no one uses this anymore.  Maybe you will just google it…. but will that give you the best company or the one that paid the most to be listed first?  It seems every solution you think of actually leaves you with more questions to answer.  So why not let a pest control company offer you a few suggestions.

First, asking your neighbors is actually a good first step.  You don’t have to tell them your home is over-ran with vermin, just mention you haven’t sprayed in a while and see if they have a company they would suggest.  Do not base your entire selection upon their answer, but it does provide a great starting point.

The Yellow Pages are also a good source of information, but not in the traditional sense.  Instead of using the Yellow Pages to choose a company, use it to eliminate them.  Marketing is never inexpensive, especially in the Yellow Page format.  Some Yellow Page ads cost as much as $5,000 per month, that expense is ultimately passed on to the consumer.  In short, you are paying for their full page ad and thus chances are the first 5 or 6 companies listed in the book will not provide the best service for the best price.  

So you are down to googling pest control companies, but how to choose the right one?  We would suggest exploring their websites for additional information.  It is after all the year 2010 and every legitimate business should have a web presence.  Look for a quality website that offers interaction, a blog for instance.

We would suggest after you have narrowed your search you simply pick up the phone and call.  However, before you call organize your thoughts and prepare a list of questions you want to ask.  You should also be prepared to answer a few questions to help the pest control company better serve you.  Common questions we might ask include what type of pest you are seeing, type of home, square footage, last treated, what exactly are you looking to accomplish and what day and time would best meet your needs for us to come out.

Don’t forget to ask the cost of the service, and exactly what that fee will provide.  You should not assume every company will have the same guarantee or restrictions for that matter.  How important is price to you in relation to service?  Some companies take great pride or at least they pretend to take great pride in offering the lowest price.  We do not share that philosophy, we know we provide the best service in the nation.  Having never lost a client because they were not happy with our service is more than our slogan, it is a fact.  Five star customer service does not happen by accident or without a cost.  With that said we are not the most expensive company in the nation, state or even neighborhood.  We have set our prices at a level we consider to be fair. 

The short answer to choosing the best pest control company for you is simply answer the following questions:

  1. Do you trust the company?
  2. Can you live with their service rates?
  3. Can they provide the service you need, when it is needed?
  4. Will they stand behind their work?
  5. Are they properly licensed and insured?

If you live in Missouri the task is much easier, simply pick up the phone and call (636) 525-1008.  We answer the phones 24/7/365 because we know when you have a problem it doesn’t always happen between 9 am and 5 pm.

 

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Bed Bugs Impacting Every Facit of American Life

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29th, 2010 by Gateway

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St. Louis, Missouri treat for bed bugs
Bed bugs are impacting every facit of American life.

Turn on any television news channel, surf the web or just talk to anyone that has traveled in the last six months and you’ll quickly notice how Bed Bugs are back upon every-one’s mind.  For most of us Bed Bugs were just words, “sleep tight don’t let the Bed Bugs bite” we heard as children, but in reality Bed Bugs have been with us longer than you might think.  Bed Bugs or Cimex lectularius have impacted our lives since we slept in caves having been documented as early as 423 B.C.

The first explorers  brought them to the United States and they remained a problem here until the 1950′s when DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) nearly wiped them out.  But the chemical DDT was not without risk.  Many scientist dating back to the early 1940′s felt it was unsafe and should not be widely used, however they received little attention.  However, when their plight was taken up by the popular naturalist-author, Rachel Carson in her famous book  Silent Spring, published in 1962.  The book argued that pesticides, including DDT, were poisoning both wildlife and the environment and were also endangering human health.

Silent Spring was a best seller, and public reaction to it launched the modern environmental movement in the United States. The year after it appeared, President Kennedy ordered his Science Advisory Committee to investigate Carson’s claims. The report the committee issued “add[ed] up to a fairly thorough-going vindication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring thesis,” in the words of the journal Science, and recommended a phaseout of “persistent toxic pesticides”.  Over the next two decades and continuing today the number of banned chemicals has grown.  As a result over time our ability to continue bed bugs and other pest has been limited and thus they are returning in force.

Eliminating Bed Bugs is Not Cheap, Easy or Quick

When it is time to eliminate exposed Bed Bugs vacuuming is a good manner to help kill and remove Bed Bugs.  You should focus on accessible hiding places and attempt to get as much of the population as possible.  However, no matter how thorough you are with the mechanical process of removing bed bugs it will not solve your entire problem.  This is true because nymphs are very small and eggs nearly invisible so it is not realistic to rely completely on the first pass or attempt at removing Bed Bugs.

It is true that a directed contact treatment for quick reduction of bed bug populations is necessary in most cases.  As well as treating and neutralizing eggs much like flea treatments several attempts must be made to ensure all pest are destroyed in the various stages of their lives. 

Bed Bugs are almost mythical in our society…  and once you realize how adapt these creatures are at hiding you’ll understand they have earned the right to be mysterious.  Tiny, but fast they are famous for hiding in every crack and crevice in a room.  Imagine this, break off the tip of a toothpick and then look around your home, how many place can you find to hide the tip of your toothpick?  And there is your answer…. each and every one of those hiding places can protect the Bed Bugs that want to call you place home.  The task to rid your home of bed bugs is not a small one, it will require 5 if not 6 visits and anyone that tells you different is after your money.  The best cure is of course prevention, but even the most observant among us is likely to fall victim to a creature capable of hiding in the smallest cracks, moving extremely fast and literally living in every type of building; homes, offices, apartments, dorms, hotels as well as most modes of transportation.

The bottom line is this, when your life is impacted by Bed Bugs you will be best served by quick action and professional help.  We of course would suggest one call to us at (636) 525-1008 the only call you will need to make if Bed Bugs invade your life.

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Peek a Boo, I see you…..

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20th, 2010 by Gateway

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I think we have all had those moments of shock, you know the ones in which you find yourself staring death in the face…  Ok, maybe not death but who among us has not open our eyes to see a bug that scared the heck out of us?  I know I’ll never forget waking from a nap on the patio via buggy footprints across my face complements of a Missouri Tarantula.  In hindsight its pretty funny, but when you wake to see a hairy spider crawling across your nose some how the humor of the moment is lost.

I wonder how many of you just had two questions, first does Missouri really have tarantulas and why would would a bug guy have one on his property.  So let me address both question as today’s blog.  Yes, Missouri really does have tarantulas.  Shocked?  Most people are in that most people’s experience with the hairy desert spider is from the movies or the nerdy kid that grew up around the corner.  But tarantulas do call Missouri home.

Chances are if you encounter a tarantula in Missouri it will be South of the Missouri River, and chances are it will be closer to Arkansas than St. Louis.  But over the last couple of decades they have been moving farther and farther North.  This hairy species is Missouri’s largest spider. Female tarantulas average approximately 50mm in length, the males 40mm. Body and legs are uniformly dark chocolate-brown, with reddish hairs on the carapace.

The tarantula’s large size and shaggy appearance is frightening to many people, leading them to believe it has a ferocious nature. It actually is a shy creature, quick to evade humans. Tarantulas are typically at home in areas seldom frequented by people. They appear to prefer dry, rocky glades, where they spend their days in silk-lined burrows in abandoned rodent or reptile tunnels or in other natural cavities. Like many hunting spiders, tarantulas are active at night, when they hunt for insects such as crickets. In late summer and fall, south Missourians often see these large arachnids crossing roads.  This wandering phenomenon has been documented in male tarantulas in Southern California, but it has not been studied in Missouri.

Tarantulas, with their long legs (their leg span can reach up to 5 7/8 inches) and large hairy bodies, are ferocious in appearance and feared by many, no doubt due to the way they are depicted in motion picture horror films. In reality, their venom is weak and they are unable to inflict more than temporary injury and pain. The bite has been described as “painful as a couple of pin stabs.” Tarantulas are not usually aggressive and are often seen in the desert after heavy rains. Tarantulas have fine hair on the abdomen that, when loosened by scraping with their hind legs, is very irritating when it comes in contact with the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose of mammals. This diversion often gives the tarantula time to escape its predator. Tarantulas are actually helpful to man in that they destroy many harmful insects.

But why would one of these shy spiders invade my space, in affect living on borrowed time?  Sadly this hunter of the arachnid world was already a member of the walking dead having crossed a chemical barrier designed to kill insect pest around my home.  There are many kinds of ways to kill insects, most of the “over the counter” items that you see at Wal-Mart kill on contact providing the home owner with instant gratification.  However, many of the pest control measures we use at Gateway Pest Control do not kill the pest instantly.  In fact, the insects are not able to detect the presence of the pesticides in any way, but over the course of the next three to four days they will be killed along with any other insects they have came into contact with since touching the residual poisoning.

Actually the example of my face crawling tarantula is not an uncommon example as we often have clients call to report finding insects in their homes after being treated.  But what we most often discover is the insects come into the home and are found dead by the home owner.  We are extremely proud of our customer service as well as the job we do taking care of your pest concerns, however we cannot eliminate every bug from your world.  After we treat your home insects will continue to enter your home by the same openings they did before we sprayed, so you will continue to see an occasional bug.  However, the insects you do see have already been treated and are not long for this world!

 

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What to do When Ants Invade Your Home.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18th, 2010 by Gateway

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 Get rid of ants in St. Louis area

Carpenter Ants

It always tweaks me when a pest control company wants to throw around scientific names for insects.  Only one of my clients wants to talk in scientific terms and she is a teacher that I think just wants to show off a little.  With that said now let me speak out of the other side of my mouth and say Carpenter Ants maybe known by three scientific names:

Common Name Scientific Name
Black Carpenter Ant Camponotus pennsylvanicus(DeGeer)
Red Carpenter Ant Camponotus ferrugineus (Fab.)
Smaller Carpenter Ant Camponotus nearcticus (Emery)

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that wants insects sharing their home especially those that can do structural damage.  Carpenter ants primarily are a nuisance by their presence when found in parts of the home such as the kitchen, bathroom, living room and other quarters.   However if you see  20 or more in your home in the daytime near one location, it is possible that the colony is well established in the home and the nest may have been extended into sound wood, sometimes causing structural damage.  They do not eat wood, but they do destroy wood removing quantities of it to expand their nest size.

Just because you find a random ant or two does not mean you have a colony or nest living inside your home.  They may simply be foraging for food with the nest located outside.  Outdoors, they are frequently seen running over plants and tree trunks or living in moist, partly rotten wood stumps. Nevertheless, carpenter ant inquiries rank first over all other household structural pests in Missouri.

Identification

Carpenter ants are among the largest ants found in homes and live in colonies containing three castes consisting of winged and wingless queens, winged males and different sized workers. Winged males are much smaller than winged queens. Wingless queens measure 5/8 inch, winged queens 3/4 inch to the tips of their folded brownish wings, small minor workers 1/4 inch and large major workers 1/2 inch. Workers have some brown on them while queens are black. Workers have large heads and a small thorax while adult swarmers have a smaller head and large thorax. Carpenter ants have a smoothly rounded arched (convex) shape to the top of the thorax when viewed from the side and a pedicel between the thorax and abdomen consisting of only one segment or node. They have constricted waists, elbowed antennas and the reproductive’s forewings are larger than the hindwings, transparent or brownish and not easily removed.  Adults are usually black with some species red, brown or yellow occurring on parts of the body and legs. Eggs are about 1/8-inch long, cream colored and oval. Larvae are legless and grub-like, later pupating in tough silken, tan-colored cocoons erroneously referred to as “ant eggs.”

Life Cycle and Habits

Queen Worker

Winged male and female carpenter ants (swarmers) emerge from mature colonies usually from March to July. After mating, males die and newly fertilized females (mated for life), establish a new colony in a small cavity in wood, under bark, etc. and each lays 15 to 20 eggs in 15 days. The egg stage takes about 24 days, larval stage 21 days and pupal stage 21 days or about 66 days from egg to adult at 70 to 90 degrees F. Cool weather may lengthen this period up to 10 months. The colony does not produce swarmers until about three years later. A mature colony, after three to six years, has 2,000 to 4,000 individuals. During the first brood, larvae are fed entirely by a fluid secreted from the queen’s mouth where she does not take food, but uses stored fat reserves and wing muscles for her nourishment. The few workers emerging from the first brood assume duties of the colony, collecting food, excavating galleries to enlarge the nest and tending the eggs, larvae and pupae of the second generation. Workers regurgitate food for nourishment of the developing larvae and queen. She has few duties except to lay eggs.

In later generations, workers of various sizes are produced (polymorphism) into major and minor workers, that are all sterile females. Males formed are winged swarmers. Larger “major” workers guard the nest, battle intruders, explore and forage for food while smaller “minor” workers expand the nest and care for the young. workers, when disturbed, carry off the larvae and pupa, which must be fed and tended or they die. In a mature colony, there is usually one queen with 200 to 400 winged individuals produced as swarmers. Workers have strong jaws and readily bite (sharp pinch) when contacted.

Nests are usually established in soft, moist (not wet), decayed wood or occasionally in an existing wood cavity or void area in a structure that is perfectly dry. Workers cut galleries in the wood, expanding the nest size for the enlarging colony. Galleries are irregular, usually excavated with the wood grain (sometimes across the grain) into softer portions of the wood. The walls of the nest are smooth and clean (sandpapered appearance) with shredded sawdust-like wood fragments, like chewed up toothpicks (frass), carried from the nest and deposited outside. These piles of wood fragments, often found beneath special openings (windows) or nest openings, may contain portions of insects, empty seed coats, etc.

Carpenter ants do not eat wood but excavate wood galleries to rear their young ants and carry aphids to plants, placing them on leaves for the production of honey dew. The food diet is of great variety (omnivorous) of both plant and animal origin such as plant juices, fresh fruits, insects (living or dead), meats, syrup, honey, jelly, sugar, grease, fat, honey dew (aphid excrement), etc. They feed readily on termites and usually never co-exist with them in a home. Workers are known to forage for food as far as 100 yards from their nest.

Control Measures

The most important and often most difficult part of carpenter ant control is locating the nest or nests. Once the nest location is found, control is very easy and simple. Sometimes more than one colony is present in the structure or on its grounds, so a thorough inspection is very important. Steps to a successful inspection include an interview with family members, inspection indoors, inspection outdoors and sound detection.

Interview

Often children and adults of the residence know where ants are seen, where large numbers are most prevalent, movement patterns, moisture in the structure, moisture problems of the past, if swarmers were seen, location of sawdust-like material in piles, populations outdoors, etc.

Inspection Indoors

Nests can be found in either moist or dry wood. However, carpenter ants prefer to nest in moist wood with a moisture content considerable over 15 percent, often caused by rain, leaks, condensation, etc. Structural timber is about 12 to 15 percent moisture. A moisture meter can find wet spots to pinpoint possible nest locations. Inspect behind bathroom tiles, around tubs, showers, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerator drip pans, etc. Check wood affected by moisture from contact with the soil such as steps, porch supports, siding, seepage from plugged drain gutters, chimney flashing, wooden shingle roofs, hollow porch posts, columns, leaking window and door frames, window boxes, crawl spaces, pipes, poor pitch of porch roofs, flat deck porch roofs, under porches, attics, etc. Sometimes, nests are found in dry environments, such as hollow veneer doors, curtain rods, small void areas between the door casing and ceiling, false beams, or under insulation in attics. Look for damaged timbers, swarmers in spider webs, wood piles indoors, piles of wood debris ejected from the colony (pencil sharpener shaving-like), “windows” or small opening to a nest, etc. Gently tap floor joists, etc. with a hammer. A nest cavity gives a hollow ring. A knife blade will penetrate the wood if infested.

Baiting

Some may use tiny piles of sugar at two to three feet intervals around the kitchen, bathroom, etc. in attempt to determine where the nest is located. Others use drops of honey or corn syrup placed on the back of masking tape. Make observations late at night, following ants back to their nest entrance.

Flushing Agent

A household aerosol spray, containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide, applied directly into cracks, crevices or holes, will excite the ants (repellent action) causing them to come running out revealing the presence of their nest in some instances.

Inspection Outdoors

Look for ants traveling from a tree or stump to the structure. They may travel over tree branches or vines touching the roof, electrical and telephone wires, fences next to the house, piles of firewood, logs, or railroad ties nearby or hollow living trees with entrance knot holes, etc. Workers are most active at night (midnight), traveling from their nest to a food source following trails but no particular trail leading directly to the nest. They do establish chemical (pheromone) trails.

Sound Detection

An active colony may produce a distinct, dry rustling sound (sometimes loud), similar to the crinkling of cellophane. It may be heard in a wall when standing in a room. A listening device, such as a stethoscope, may be useful when conditions are quiet and outside noises are at a minimum. Even a cat may hear noises in a home caused by ant mandibles (jaws) not from chewing wood or eating food, but as their form of communication, especially if the colony is disturbed.

Prevention

Homeowners should trim all trees and bushes so branches do not touch or come in contact with the house. Correct moisture problems such as leaking roofs, leaking chimney flashing, or plumbing, poorly ventilated attics or crawl spaces and blocked gutters. Replace rotted or water-damaged wood and eliminate wood to soil contact. Remove dead stumps within 50 feet of the house, if practical, and repair trees with damage at broken limbs, and holes in the trunk. Seal cracks and crevices in the foundation, especially where utility pipes and wiring occur from outside. Be sure to store firewood off the ground away from the house and bring in only enough firewood (first examining it) to be used quickly . Consider non-organic mulches near the house in heavily infested ant areas. High moisture conditions must be eliminated to help control carpenter ants, prevent future attacks and prevent “wood decay” fungus infection.

 So, what should you do when ants invade your home?  You might think I would say your first move should be to call Gateway Pest Control, but you would be wrong.  If possible attempt to locate the ant next or colony prior to calling.  If we know before our arrival the location of the colony it will lessen the financial burden and permit us to be the most effective in our treatment of the issue. 

 

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Mini-skirts, sexual harassment and patio gardens

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13th, 2010 by Gateway

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Bug investigator

In my younger wilder days I was a Pinkerton Detective, it was a pretty amazing thing working for the agency that once protected our President and helped shape what would one day be both the FBI and the Secret Service.  But the game is not one you easily grow old within, and with time a calmer existence is preferred.  But on those cold winter nights my mind travels back in time to my youth and the adventures we encountered.

As a Pinkerton one of the first lessons was to not blame the victim.  They were already hurting, most likely embarrassed and the last thing they needed or wanted was a lecture from you on how their problem was brought about by their own actions.  Of course in many parts of life the lecture is very much needed but due to the rules of society considered rude or improper if delivered.  For instance, even though it might not be the best move to dress in a provocative manner in an alcohol fueled environment it is completely within your rights to do so.

The world of pest control isn’t much different in that you can shape your property as you choose.  However, your choices will have consequences.  Just as a mini-skirt and a keg will most likely lead to sexual harassment, planting your garden three feet from the back door will bring gnats to your home.  But the examples don’t end there….

Mulch next to the foundation is an open invitation to termites….

Fruit trees aid in the beautiful coloroation of bird droppings……

Water attracts a multitude of animals and insects…….

None of the above are wrong, just as it is your right to dress and go where you want you can also develop your property as you choose.  Just know what potential problems may result.  Each of the above issues can be solved with one call to Gateway Pest Control….. well, we seldom deal with sexual harassment but with enough poison……

(636) 525-1008

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I love Cockroaches… and ants…. and spiders…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 9th, 2010 by Gateway

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Jefferson County Missouri Pest Control serving Arnold, Imperial, Barnhart, South County, St. Louis city and your local area too

Yes I love roaches…  it’s true.  And not just one kind…. oh no, I love all kinds of roaches.  I love German Cockroaches.  I love American Cockroaches.  Oh, and I especially love those little Oriental Cockroaches too.  But don’t forget about spiders or ants because I love them too!!!

What?  You don’t love these little Critters?  That is exactly why I do love them…  because they keep you calling me!

Of course people say they don’t love roaches and ants and spiders….but I’m not sure if I believe them or not?  After all if you truly don’t love these little critters crawling around your home why have you worked so hard to create the perfect environment for them to survive? 

Shocked?  Stunned?  Or just living in denial?  If you have teenagers, or find yourself cleaning up the mess from a midnight snack the next day when you come home from work chances are it is just a matter of time before a roach or at the very least an ant will call your place home.  Why?  The answer is simple, they have to eat and if you are going to insist on providing them with an easy meal they will accept. 

I would estimate in the homes I treat for cockroaches I discover a hidden stash of trash which includes food particles, candy wrappers and half eaten items in 98% of those homes.  The majority of the time this insect haven is located in the children’s living space.  But not always, remember protecting your environment begins with you….

So you may hate ants and spiders and roaches….and that is okay, because we love them!!!!!!!! 

Gateway Pest Control

(636) 525-1008

 

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