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Homeowners should have enough knowledge about pest control of mice to prevent infestation in their homes. Learn to identify them – what they look like, where they build their nests, and how to get rid of them.

There are essentially three species of mice in the Springfield, Missouri, area that we need to be concerned with – deer mice, house mice, and the white-footed mouse. The house mouse is the smallest in size, about 5½ inches in length. The white-footed mouse is the largest, up to 7½ inches in length. The field mouse can be from 3½ to 7½ inches long. In color, the three species are distinctively different – the house mouse is a grayish-brown color with a mostly hairless tail that is longer than their body. A deer mouse, also referred to as a field mouse, is gray to reddish-brown in color with a white belly and feet, and their tail is shorter, less than half the length of their body. The white-footed mouse is identical to the field mouse in color but larger in size. Each species is nocturnal and quick on their feet.

expert pest control springfield mouseIf you see a mouse during the daytime, chances are it is a house mouse. A house mouse doesn’t stray far from the nest, while the white-footed mouse likes to venture farther away. They all like to store food in the nest and will eat just about anything – plant leaves and stems, seeds, roots, fruit, berries and insects, and of course, any bits of food they find lying around – and paper, i.e.books and newspapers. As the cold weather of winter approaches, mice will seek shelter inside your home and outbuildings. A deer mouse likes many different habitats such as fields and wooded areas. White-footed mice also like the woods, brushy areas, and farmlands.

All mice reproduce at a prolific rate and can infest your home or other buildings quickly. Anytime you see a mouse or their droppings in the house or hear them skittering inside the walls, it is an obvious sign that you have an infestation. Mouse droppings create a serious health hazard. Pest control of mice is crucial to preventing symptoms of disease. House mice have never been known to give people HPS (hantavirus) but since it is hard to tell if a mouse carries a hantavirus, it is best to avoid all mice and to safely clean up any rodent urine, droppings, or nests in your home. You should actively look for their nests – inside walls, dark closets, or in piles of boxes. Look for chewed up paper or plastic and gnaw marks along edges of wood or other hard materials. Always use respiratory protection when you remove mouse droppings.

For mouse pest control, an integrated pest control approach works best. The species of mice must first be identified and an investigation conducted into where they are nesting. Then an effective treatment plan can be devised and actions taken.

Some types of mouse pest control require chemical treatment methods, but not all do. Your Expert Pest Control technicians will employ whatever method is best suited to your particular situation. Other preventative steps will also be taken, such as sealing any openings that can allow access to your home from outside. This could involve the use of screen wire, flashing, door sweeps or sealants, or the use of traps or bait, both inside and outside the home. Minimizing the availability of food by keeping debris and clutter away also discourages mice from hanging around.

For your Free Inspection for mouse infestation, 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.

Effective pest control roaches begins with you. Roaches can move into your house during cold weatehr and multiply at a rapid rate. To prevent a cockroach infestation in your Springfield, Missouri home, there are several have-to steps to take.

Roaches like dark, damp places – a particular favorite spot for nesting is under the kitchen sink and in the dishwasher – yes! The dishwasher – it’s the perfect environment for cockroaches (underneath the refrigerator is a favorite, too). They love to eat and where else is better than in the kitchen where leftover food particles can often be found? And they like warm areas to build their nests – and the warmth of the appliances in the kitchen makes this ideal for their needs. So what do you do for pest control roaches in your home?

Expert-Pest-Control-Roaches-Winter-Springfield-Missouri-Start by working out a strategy to get rid of them once and for all. Prevention heads the list, followed by eliminating the three things they need the most for their survival – food, water, and a warm bed.

  • Be very careful about containers that you bring into your home from the grocery store, roadside stands and flea markets, for example. Roaches like to hide in boxes and bags and can easily hitch a ride to your house. So before you bring the containers inside, inspect them while still outside.

  • In your home, you need to clear out any clutter, especially in the kitchen and pantry areas. Get rid of your collection of plastic store bags (donate them for recycling); toss out empty boxes and miscellaneous containers and old stacks of newspapers.

  • Check for water leaks and fix any you find. Roaches need water more than they need food, so if you find leaky pipes or standing water anywhere in your home (be sure to check the basement around the water heater and washing machine), take care of it immediately.

  • Maintain a clean house, especially the kitchen and dining room. Clean up food sources – crumbs, leftovers, pet food. Don’t leave the sink full of dirty dishes and sweep the floor after cooking. Store leftover food in airtight containers. Vacuum carpets and shake loose area rugs outdoors frequently, and vacuum your furniture, especially upholstered furniture where people eat (den, movie room).

  • Check around windows and doors and other areas that roaches can gain access to from outside; seal up gaps around plumbing pipes using flexible caulking, and patch cracks and crevices in the foundation or porches and sidewalks near the house.

All of these steps will help with pest control roaches, but they won’t eliminate the problem entirely. Chemical sprays and other over-the-counter treatments might kill the roaches that you see, but they don’t kill the ones in hiding or the eggs (and they lay eggs everywhere!) You’re going to need a professional treatment plan for this.

Effective pest control roaches can best be achieved by a thorough extermination of your home by professional exterminators. Expert Pest Solution offers preventive treatments to protect your home from roach infestation.

For a 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.

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.

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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.