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Spider pest control can be a challenge, but with winter’s colder temperatures upon us, it’s the time when they become most problematic. They are looking for a winter home and you need to take preventative steps now.

brown recluse spider pest control expert pest solutionsThere are dozens of species of spiders indigenous to our area of the Midwest – black widows, brown recluse, wolf spiders, jumping spiders, web building spiders, sac spiders, crab spiders – and the list goes on. Everyone is familiar with spiders and most people not only dislike them, they fear them. Some are harmless, but others are not – a bite from a venomous spider can be painful and have serious side-effects, as in the case of the infamous brown recluse spider. However, it’s a very small number of spiders that are really harmful. Most species have important ecological benefits to the environment, and even all spiders contribute something – they feed on insects and help reduce those populations around the house and yard. But who wants them – any of them – in the house?

Spider pest control can best be achieved with a multiple-step approach for prevention, exclusion, and population reduction. Since the type of spider will determine the type of spider pest control actions, start by identifying the spider involved. Properties located in areas favorable to spiders, such as by rivers, lakes, or fields, are more likely to have large numbers of spiders. Spiders also will be more numerous in areas with a large supply of insects that serve as a food source for spiders.

Every home is unique but the use of several integrated techniques has been successful in effective spider pest control. Regular housecleaning is important for indoor spider pest control. A large spider population indicates the presence of a significant insect population that serves as their food. If food is left lying out it attracts insects. Keep clutter to a minimum – removing papers, bags, boxes and things brought in from outside eliminates potential hiding spots. Outdoors you can find access points and eliminate them – seal cracks or gaps around the foundation, door and windows. You can also remove webs and egg sacs that you find under the eaves and in other locations around the outside.

While many people will tout the effectiveness of ‘natural treatments’, such as placing hedge apples, essential oils, diatomaceious earth and other products around the home, they don’t work. Save your effort and money, and hire a professional exterminator for the spider pest control at your home.

For your Free Inspection for spider pest control at your Springfield home, call (417) 413-4776 or visit us online at http://pestscontrolspringfieldmo.com/. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.

Bed bugs are dreaded pests that are hard to detect and hard to get rid of. Now is the worst season for these pests, with lots of holiday traveling going on there is an increased risk for bed bugs. If you have family coming in from out of town, you are going to want to make sure they are not bringing any unwanted guests with them (bed bugs). If you are staying in hotels during your travels, there is a huge risk of bed bugs exposure as well. You just can’t be too careful when it comes to preventing contact with these pesky little critters.

If you notice bites on your body and find yourself doing a lot of scratching after traveling, you might have bed bug bites. The common bed bug, (Cimex lectularius) can induce a serious systemic reaction in people bitten by bed bugs. Allergic reactions to the bites can produce numerous welts on the body that are red and feverish, resulting in incessant itching and are potentially very dangerous.

expert pest control bed bugs infestation travel holidaysTraditionally bed bugs were associated with ‘seedy’ hotels and run-down apartments, but that is actually not the case today. They are somewhat common in ‘nice’ hotels, leading to a rise in the transporting of bed bugs in luggage or clothing. They don’t like spacious, cool tile floors in bathrooms because there is no place to hide, so if you’re staying in a hotel, place your luggage in the bathroom first, and then check out the bed and the rest of the room for signs of bed bugs. They are attracted to the human odor that clings to the clothing. By leaving worn clothing exposed in sleeping areas when traveling you invite bed bugs to snuggle in and they go with you when you leave.

To check for bed bugs in your own home, keep an eye on cracks and crevices around sleeping areas – bedrooms or sofas. They prefer to hide where people sleep – in mattresses and box springs, on bed frames and head boards and in piles of dirty laundry if they can’t find a human host. Keep soiled laundry separate from clean clothes and bedding.

There are several options used to treat for bed bugs. Home remedies don’t usually work with any great effectiveness. Many pest control companies use whole-room heat treatments, using specially designed equipment to raise the temperature in the home for a sustained period of time, which can kill the bed bugs and their eggs.

A very effective treatment is with the use of insecticides. Expert Pest Control Solutions have had great success with this type of treatment. There are many different brands of insecticides: Fast-acting, contact insecticides for use on surfaces that humans frequently touch, i.e. sofas; residual insecticides for inside furniture, cracks and crevices and the underside of surfaces we touch, and dust insecticides for cracks, crevices and voids, such as electrical outlets and baseboards.

A thorough insecticide treatment can consist of 2-3 visits; it is unlikely all the bed bugs will be killed in the initial treatment. It typically takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours for each room, depending on the size and condition of the room. Once the treatment is completed you should wait until all the insecticides have dried before it is safe to re-enter. Controlling bed bugs with insecticides is a challenging and time consuming process which requires expertise and in many states a license is required to apply the insecticides which kill bed bugs.

Expert Pest Solutions has the training and experience to offer expert bed bug control solutions to eradicate current infestations and help prevent future infestations, serving Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding Missouri communities. For your Free Inspection call 417-413-4776, or visit us online at http://pestscontrolspringfieldmo.com/.

Silverfish, or Lepisma Saccharina, is a wingless, tiny insect covered in silvery scales, and can be found anywhere in the house – the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room and basement, especially in moist spaces. While they don’t bite or spread disease, they are a nuisance, and can cause damage if not controlled. They like to feed on wallpaper, cardboard boxes, or anything else made of paper, as well as clothing and food items – especially sugar. Silverfish reproduce quickly, and can live up to a year without eating, so you may not readily notice you have a problem. Silverfish usually only come out at night so you may not see them much unless you’re prowling around the house in the wee hours of the night.

Silverfish Pest Control Springfield, Missouri

Silverfish Pest Control Springfield, Missouri


There are many suggestions to be found on the Internet about pest control of silverfish infestation with home remedies in your Springfield, Missouri home, and there are many proponents for this type of natural treatment. But are they really effective? Let’s take a a look at a few of these natural treatments. For example, boric acid, which is a natural occurring mineral, kills insects by causing starvation by adhering to their feet, and getting tracked into the nests. The powder can be sprinkled around the house, or mixed in a solution with water and sprayed. It is dangerous to pets, however.


Diatomaceous earth is an inorganic dust that can be scattered over the suspected silverfish hiding places, and when the insects come in contact with it, they will die of dehydration.


Cedar oil and cedar shavings smells nice to humans, but silverfish don’t like it. You place the cedar shavings or sprinkle the oil around the infested area and wait for the silverfish to go away.


Cinnamon, a favorite household spice, fills your home with a pleasant aroma, but silverfish don’t care for it, so by putting cinnamon sticks in drawers or cabinets, they will depart post-haste.


Citrus peels are said to be a natural repellent of silverfish. Just slice up some lemons or oranges and place the peels wherever silverfish like to hang out and voila! They will vanish.


Cucumber peels are used because they don’t like the way it smells, either, so by placing several thick slices of cucumber peel into the areas where silverfish can enter your home, they will turn around and go the other way.


There are numerous other pest control home remedies: sprinkling table salt around, using home-made traps and dryer sheets, or placing drops of silica gel, camphor and various other oils around. While any or all of these types of deterrents might help some of the time, it won’t be long-term or permanent and just aren’t enough – they don’t kill the adults or their eggs. While there is plenty of folklore about the effectiveness of natural remedies for pest control, there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to support it.


If you find yourself with an unwelcome silverfish problem and want to get rid of them quickly and permanently, call the pros. Total eradication is needed and the best, most effective way is by hiring tried and true professionals. Expert Pest Control Solutions can eliminate silverfish in Springfield, Missouri.


For your Free Inspection call (417) 413-4776 or visit us online at http://pestscontrolspringfieldmo.com/. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.

Fall pest control season is upon us, and chances are you have already encountered a few spiders around the house. There are many spider species in the our area of the Midwest, and although most of them are harmless, there are several that are not. You should be able to identify the ‘Fab Four’ spiders right off the bat, and those are: 1 – black widow spiders, 2 – brown recluse spiders, 3 – hobo spiders and 4 – yellow sac spiders. These spiders are all very poisonous to humans, and their bite can cause serious health issues when not treated quickly and properly.

expert pest control spider-identificationSpiders start crawling out of their nests in late Summer and early Fall. They need more space to spin their webs, and the mature male spiders begin looking for mates. Spiders can be found in your yard, garden and flower beds. When the temperatures drop and Fall starts turning into Winter they start looking for a place to hibernate and your home becomes their ideal spot. Pest control prevention for spider infestation is an absolute necessity when this happens. Get them before they invade all nooks and crannies of your home.

Spiders don’t mind cold weather – they are by nature resilient to death by freezing – but since their food sources do not like Winter weather, spiders will go where the food source is – your house. The usual house bugs and other insects that like these living condition serve as a spider smorgasbord. Since they tend to nest in dark, moist areas, this creates the perfect environment for spiders because it’s a prime breeding and nesting ground. Don’t lose heart here – there are things you can do for spider pest control in order to prevent full-blown infestation.

Start by making a thorough inspection of your house. Look for cracks in the foundation, around windows, plumbing lines into the house and doorways. These are areas that seem to just invite the spiders in, and they are really not all that difficult to seal up and keep them out. If they do make it in, and they always seem to, you can take other preventive actions. As soon as you notice a cobweb, wipe it down. Keep things in the house organized as much as possible – clean and clutter-free, and trim plants around the outside of the house – these things will help to discourage the spiders from nesting in those places.

If spider pest control at your house gets out of hand, just give us a call and our technicians will come out take care of the problem for you.

Expert Pest Control Solutions can help you with your fall pest control needs. For your Free Inspection call (417) 413-4776 or visit us online at http://pestscontrolspringfieldmo.com/. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.


The time for fall pest control is here. While we may welcome the seasonal changes that bring cooler temperatures and less humidity, it also means that bugs and rodents and some other types of pests are more abundant. They have had all spring and summer to grow, and now will be gathering in preparation for finding a winter home. Now is the time for you to take steps for fall pest control outside your home in order to keep pests from inside.


Mice and rats are common rodents that will seek shelter for the winter in a warm space and once established, fall pest control can be difficult. Some types of rodents are deer mice, rats and common house mice. You will see droppings and gnawing marks if they are present. The kitchen, pantry, attic and inside walls are favorite nesting places for these pests. Open food containers is another place where you will see signs of rodents. It’s important for many reasons to eliminate them – they carry disease and can cause illness. They will chew through wiring and shred insulation. Look for access points – small holes, gaps in doors and windows, anyplace they can squeeze in from outside. Inspect the outside of your home for holes and cracks that they can crawl through.


Fall pest control for fruit flies and house flies can be achieved by checking entryways to your home – especially the south and west-facing doors and windows on a warm day – they are attracted to the heat. This can also be the case for other flying insects – wasps, yellow jackets and bees. These stinging insects can build nests under the eaves, in the attic, in garages and sheds.


Other bugs we typically see a lot of in the fall are ants, roaches, bugs and beetles. They build colonies into walls and beneath slab foundations and under driveways and sidewalks. Although not as common as some other types of pests you’ll see in the fall, stinkbugs are a real nuisance in the late summer and early fall, and once they have made it into the walls they are incredibly difficult to get rid of. Fall pest control for these particular pests is a real challenge so it’s best if you eliminate areas of entry for them before the cold weather gets here and they take up residence permanently. We recently wrote about roach control – eliminate their favorite nesting areas – moist, damp spots in your home.


For fall pest control check the outside of your house for gaps in the foundation, holes and crack and other places pests can gain entry. Weeds and other plants should be removed, as well as any other lawn debris that attracts pests. Firewood storage should be at least 20 feet away, and if possible, elevate it off the ground. Even fall decorations such as straw bales can be a perfect vehicle for attracting pests and give them the perfect access to your home. Check boxes and containers that have been in storage for pests, too. Take it all outside and clean it out for fall pest control of bugs and insects that have been hiding in them.


Expert Pest Control Solutions can help you with your fall pest control needs. For your Free Inspection call (417) 413-4776 or visit us online anytime. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.

pest control roaches expert pest solutionsExpert Pest Solutions has effectively dealt with pest control roaches for years. If you’re like most people, at the first sign of roaches in your home or place of business, you cringe with dread. Cockroaches are nasty business. They smell bad, they are everywhere you look, they get into food, they transmit bacteria. That’s right, roaches transmit disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, hepatitis virus, coliform bacteria, and have been implicated in the spread of typhoid and dysentery. They are a source of allergens and cause risk for asthma, especially in young children. And pest control roaches is extremely important for a food-service business because they contaminate food and surfaces used to prepare food. When roaches are found in your business, you risk immediate loss of customers and employees, damage to food and water sources, real health risks and temporary or permanent closure, depending on the severity of the infestation.

Roaches can gain entrance to your home or business in containers of food items, or come in through small cracks in the walls and roof and laundry vents. They have also been known to be transmitted in flea-market purchases and used appliances. They can come in from the outdoors, traveling up through the plumbing and sewer drains. Roaches prefer nesting in moist, dark places, usually close to a food source where they can feed at night, but have been known to feed and roam around at all hours of the day or night, especially when the infestation is a really large one. If you see cockroaches every dayif you see the feces they leave around and smell the offensive odor; if you see their dead bodies, or the egg cases and cast off skin, there is no doubt that you have a roach infestation. The best defense for prevention of pest control roaches is to keep them out in the first place – and one of the most effective ways to do that is by keeping the kitchen and garbage areas clean. Where large infestations are involved, cleaning alone may not entirely solve the problem.

A roach population grows by the thousands in a short time so the pest control of roaches is hard to achieve without professional intervention. The use of sprays and pesticides bought over-the-counter can effect temporary relief but does not result in complete and lasting extermination. The German cockroach population, for example, which is the most common species in this area of the country, has developed resistance to most off-the-shelf chemicals which make do-it-yourself pest control roaches mostly ineffective.


pest control roaches expert pest solutionsEffective pest control roaches requires a thorough extermination of your home or business, and taking necessary steps to prevent their return. Roaches are survival experts and they thrive on nasty conditions. Most do-it-yourself pest control roaches treatments do not work, and that is why professional treatments are the most effective solution available to both homes and businesses.  Expert Pest Solutions offers preventive treatments to protect your business from infestation. Our ongoing pest management service discreetly exterminates the pest control roaches problem you have now and helps prevent future infestation.


For your Free Roach Inspection call (417) 413-4776 or visit us online. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.



Let’s talk about the pest control ants – There are more than 14,000 species of ants worldwide, but here in this area we need to know what the most common types are in order to eliminate them. Not all methods work the same on all ants. There are several things to look at for pest control ants when trying to determine what type of ants are in your home. Look at appearance, habitat and consider the region in which you live – learn the characteristics of size, color and shape. Some ants bite and others sting – and some, such as fire ants, do both.


Expert Pest Control ants Springfield Missouri common types antsAnts can be found in your home, in your yard and just about anywhere else! Most common ants don’t pose any major health threats but that doesn’t mean we want them around. They are still a nuisance and can contaminate food and surfaces and require professional treatment to eliminate pest control ants.


One of the most common types of ants in our area is the house ant – a tiny, dark colored ant usually referred to as a ‘sugar ant.’ When you crush them, they emit an odor that is strong and smells like rotten coconuts. They get into everything and are found everywhere in the home. We see these most often in the early Spring, but once they show up, they are not inclined to leave on their own.


Another problematic little critter is the pavement ant – very small, these brown-colored ants are seen in cracks and crevices in sidewalks and concrete blocks. They build huge underground nests with volcano-shaped mounds as entrances. They usually stay outdoors but will go inside buildings with concrete slabs.


When it comes to pest control ants, the carpenter ant is the most destructive and comes in all shapes and sizes. These ants have a queen that grows wings and can get up to an inch in size, while the smaller, worker ants, are about half that size. They build nests inside wet and rotted wood, and bore trails and chambers to travel and colonize in. They can get really huge – into the thousands of ants – and they can cause a lot of damage to your home or other structure.


If you are concerned with the ants in your home or yard – whether it is one of three types we mentioned here, or any other species – chances are you’re going to need pest control ants and we at Expert Pest have the solution for you. Give us a call or visit us online to set up an appointment for our technicians to come out and take a look at the problem and schedule treatment.


For your Free Ant Infestation Inspection call (417) 413-4776 or visit us online  http://pestscontrolspringfieldmo.com/. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.

expert pest brown reclusesExpert Pest Control Brown Recluse Spiders – We have all heard horror stories of how someone was bitten by a brown recluse spider. Our area of the Midwest is notorious for brown recluse spiders. We know that once bitten serious illness can follow. All too often you don’t even know you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse spider until the bite becomes inflamed and tender to the touch and the destruction of the skin has become advanced. The venom from brown recluse spiders breaks down the tissue surrounding the bite and becomes necrotic – dies. The most effective pest control for brown recluse spiders is to hire a professional pest control team to eliminate them.

Brown recluse spiders live both inside and outside of the home. The female brown recluse prefers dark hiding places (closets, inside shoes, dark recesses of cabinets). The male brown recluse spider typically hides out during the day when pest control brown recluse technicians are treating the area. When pesticides are used for brown recluse spiders the male brown recluse will flee the property. To be honest, pest control brown recluse spiders is difficult because they do not leave residual traces of their existence, unlike other insects which do. They don’t ingest insecticides and they don’t spin webs, so finding signs of brown recluse infestation is not easy.

If you see a spider that you think might be a brown recluse, try to get a closer look – check to see if their eyes face forward, one on each side of the head, and look for a violin-shape mark on their back. The spider is a dark brown with lighter colored legs, without spines. It is important to identify if you have an infestation of these dangerous pests in order to properly address pest control brown recluse spider extermination.

Pest control for brown recluse spiders using spray repellents is often ineffective, and most companies that do pest control brown recluse do not guarantee complete eradication. Expert Pest Control Solutions has found that spider glue traps are effective for pest control brown recluse treatment.

If you have a brown recluse problem in your home, call us at (417) 413-4776 or visit us online at http://pestscontrolspringfieldmo.com/. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.

Expert-Pest-Control-Mosquito-Pest-Control-Professional-Springfield-MissouriIt’s time to call in the pros for mosquito pest control if you’re tired of itching, scratching, moaning and groaning from the bites of these hateful creatures. How much longer were you planning on taking it? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the rest of the Summer sitting out on the patio on cool nights, or taking leisurely walks along trails? If you are ready to give up and get some help – and get rid of the mosquitoes – then give the professionals here at Expert Pest Solutions a call and we will be right out to take care of your mosquito pest control problems.

Mosquito pest control can put homeowners in a tough predicament.  These pests are loud, annoying, and their bites hurt, plus they can carry disease, and are a serious nuisance that should not be left untreated. A mosquito infestation can be very difficult to eliminate on your own – it can be expensive and may not fully eliminate the mosquitoes, allowing them to re-populate over time, wasting your money and effort while effectively leaving you right back where you started. These DIY treatments can also be harmful to local plant and wildlife.

Hiring professionals such as Expert Pest Solutions, who are the leaders in backyard mosquito pest control in Springfield, Missouri, can be the best choice. We deal with mosquitoes every day, and we spend a lot of time educating our staff on mosquito pest control. Through years of testing and experience, we have figured out which methods of treatment for mosquito pest control are effective and which ones aren’t. Our initial inspection of your property will be to identify the source of the mosquitoes, identify their habitat, and make recommendations for reduction as well as which chemical product to use. We then follow up with removing their habitat, taking steps to control the larvae and then the adults, and then using tried-and-true chemicals to eliminate them. By taking this approach and by using effective insecticides, Expert Pest Solutions’ treatment protocol for mosquito pest control breaks the mosquito life cycle to get rid of these pests for good.

One of the biggest advantages of hiring the professionals at Expert Pest Solutions mosquito pest control is that we have the tools and skill set to take care of the immature mosquitoes as well as the adults. Expert Pest Solutions guarantees an effective treatment process for mosquito pest control, professional, courteous staff and reliable service. We have developed a positive reputation in the business, and take pride in our work. Our customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive. You can trust us to work with you and for you when it comes to controlling pests. If you are ready to implement mosquito pest control at your home, call 417-413-4776. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.

How do you get rid of roaches once they’ve infested your home? Expert Pest Control Solutions of Springfield, Missouri has successfully treated homes to exterminate and prevent roaches enumerable times. Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests in the world, and also one of the most difficult to eliminate.

Expert-Pest-Control-Roaches-Springfield-MissouriThe three most common species of cockroaches in the United States are German, Oriental and the American roach. They can be attracted to your home for a variety of reasons. The most common roach in the US is the German cockroach. This roach is attracted to water, so it makes sense that you should eliminate water sources in your home – such as leaks under the kitchen sink, or an overflow tray under a refrigerator, which are two favorite hide-outs for roaches.

There are other methods to prevent cockroach infestation, as well, such as proper food storage and daily cleaning. Once the roaches have entered your home, they search for food, water and shelter. They multiply quickly. A large roach infestation can be a threat to your health, so it is vitally important that when you first notice roaches, you take steps to eliminate them. Roaches carry bacteria that can result in food poisoning, diarrhea, allergies and skin rashes, and when they reach large numbers, they produce a foul odor that permeates your home. Calling a pest control expert is an important first step – these are professionals who have the expertise and experience using tried-and-true methods to get rid of roaches.

Some people identify roaches as “water bugs” because they are found in moist areas; another name for them is “kitchen roaches”, because that’s where they usually hang out the most, but don’t kid yourself – they can occupy any part of your home, and in particularly heavy infestations, can be found literally in every part of your home – climbing walls, inside furniture, even inside your dish cabinets. There is no place immune to roach infestation once they take hold.

So how do they get inside in the first place? They can hitchhike in used appliances, grocery bags or boxes, items purchased at flea markets, or even from a friend’s home….they can also wander in from outdoors. Determining how they got in, where they came from, is an important step in the process of pest control in your Springfield, Missouri home.

A lot of off-the-shelf products for eliminating roaches are ineffective and a waste of money – when you find that you have a large infestation of roaches, you need to call for professional pest control of roaches in your Springfield, Missouri home. Expert Pest Control Solutions is waiting for your call!

For your Free Roach Infestation Inspection call (417) 413-4776 or visit us online at http://www.expertpests.com/. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible.