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It’s almost the new year in Springfield, Missouri. We saw a pretty cold week or two, with snow everywhere. With the change in weather here in Springfield, Missouri, unexpected guests may be finding themselves on your doorstep. I’m talking about unwelcome pests. When thinking about winter pest control during the cold months, we have to first understand these pests and how they think.

Pest Control During Winter

Pest Control During Winter

Pests start looking at our homes during the fall months as the perfect winter getaway. Just because there have been freezing temperatures outside does not mean that these pests are already living inside the walls of your home. They are unaffected by the temperatures outside. Insects can thrive inside during winter months because the weather is tolerable on the inside.

If you have pets inside the house, make sure that the pet food is kept in sealed containers. Rodents find their way inside by all entry points that aren’t sealed off.  Branches making contact with your house can help pests get in through your roof. Make sure to trim them, making an invisible barrier. Winter pest control means tightening up your home.

“Remember that invasive pests want to be indoors during the winter just like you do!”

When Expert Pest Solutions is called for winter pest control services, we come to your home and perform a thorough inspection, inside and out, ensuring no pest related issues are present, and also identify any conditions you may have that increase the risk of future pest problems. Inspecting your home during winter months is crucial for lasting protection and getting your home ready for the emergence of pests in the spring.

Give Expert Pests Solutions a call today to check out your attic, basement and surrounding areas to prevent pest problems before they begin. Ask us about more information on winter pest control in Springfield, Missouri. We can be reached at (417) 413-4776.

It’s that time of the year again. Holiday traveling for business, pleasure, family and adventure. This traveling results in many different hotel rooms, air bnb’s, hostels, condos being checked into, and most importantly, many different beds being slept in, all over the world. What you might not know is that you might have a bit extra in your carry-on that you never expected. We’re talking about bed bugs. Once associated with unclean seedy motel rooms, bed bugs are unfortunately somewhat common in “nice” hotels. This has led to a rise in unwitting travelers transporting bed bugs in their luggage or clothing and unwittingly infesting their home or business, and vice versa. Bed bugs are challenging pests to control. They hide in many tiny places, so inspections and treatments must be thorough. Expert Pest Solutions has the training and experience to offer expert bed bug control solutions to eradicate current infestations and help prevent future infestations.

Holiday Travel Bed Bugs

Holiday Travel Bed Bugs

During the daytime, bed bugs prefer to hide close to where people sleep. Their flattened bodies enable them to fit into tiny cracks-especially those associated with mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and head boards. When you check into your hotel room, place your luggage into the bathroom. Bed bugs are not a fan of the bathroom. They don’t like the tile floors, and there aren’t many places for them to hide. Keep your luggage there while you check out the bedroom for a quick inspection.

If you come back home from your travels and notice something off, maybe bites or scratching, general uneasiness, it might not be the in-laws. It might be bed bugs, and you may need to contact a bed bug control expert. Expert Pest Solutions offers different types of bed bug control services in the following areas: Springfield, MO; Ozark, MO; Nixa, MO; and surrounding communities.

Expert Pest Solutions LLC is locally owned and operated by Brian Pickens. You can call if you have a bed bug problem, or just to ask us about more information on bed bug control in Springfield, Missouri. We can be reached at (417) 413-4776.

 

This is a horror story about fleas. Your room is full of fleas. You are tired of waking up during the middle of the night itching like crazy, then finding new bites in the morning. You haven’t been able to sleep for the first hour each night for the past week because the itching is unbearable. You can see them during the day and feel the fleas crawling on your skin at night.

Flea Control Near Me - Springfield, MO

Flea Control Near Me – Springfield, MO

You are getting upset now because you thought you got rid of them. You thought they were bed bugs. So you threw out your old bed, pillows, and sheets. Hundreds of dollars down the drain because in the end, they were not in fact bed bugs. They were fleas. Now you have bites everywhere. Bites are on your toes, feet, legs, thighs, groin, hips and cheeks.

So you run to the store to find that special can of flea killer that promises to kill it now. You buy a couple cans just to make sure. Back in your room, spraying  for what seems like an hour. The can says it lasts for 100 days, but you end of feeling them the next day. Sometimes the spray can of flea killer from the store won’t do it, even if the can says so.

We are not saying you are doing it wrong. We are saying you may need to contact a flea control expert. Expert Pest Solutions offers different types of flea control services in the following areas: Springfield, MO; Ozark, MO; Nixa, MO; and surrounding communities.

Call us if you have experienced the horror story mentioned above, or just to ask us about more information on flea control in Springfield, Missouri: (417) 413-4776

Expert Pest Solutions LLC is locally owned and operated by Brian Pickens.

It is the perfect time of year for the people who love seeing the Autumn leaves turning. The temperatures have been uncharacteristically high in the past few weeks, but recently we’ve seen a drop. With the change in weather here in Springfield, Missouri, unexpected guests may be finding themselves on your doorstep. They maybe already be inside. I’m talking about rodents. In this particular case I’m talking about mice. When thinking about mice control during colder months, we have to first understand mice.

Mice Control During Colder Months

Mice Control During Colder Months

Mice are starting to look at our homes as the perfect winter getaway. Mice look adorable, like our photo. Mice are rodents, and that is that. Mice are common fur-covered rodents that invade our homes. They are looking for something to eat and a place to sleep. They don’t mean us harm. But they don’t pay any rent. Unless you want mice taking up residence in your home, you will need to take precautions. We will give you tips on how to keep your home from becoming a rodent’s winter getaway.

If you have pets inside the house, make sure that the pet food is kept in sealed containers. Mice are thieves. If you feed animals outside, it would be a good decision to put the food on a plate so nothing falls through the cracks.  Branches making contact with your house can help mice get in through your roof. Make sure to trim them, making an invisible barrier.

“Keeping mice from entering your house requires the simple solution of eliminating their sources for food.”

Mice are more active at night, so do as much as you can during the day to strengthen the barriers of your home. Since the weather is getting colder anyway, make sure good weather stripping seals off entry points so neither cold, nor mice, can ever get in.

Centipede Control During Fall Months

Centipede Control During Fall Months

Pest control companies should be changing treatments based on the time of year. Expert Pest Solutions offers a quarterly pest control service plan. We come out during each season; spring, summer, winter, and fall. Each season has different challenges with pests and our goal is to control the current issues and prevent any future issues. Fall is now here, with temperatures dropping outside. The cracks and crevices in and around your home are open doorways to warmer areas for pests. One in particular is the house centipede. The house centipede is a common pest in many parts of the United States, including Springfield, MO.  Centipede control can become a big issue in the Fall when it gets cold.

Quick Review on Centipedes

Centipedes develop by gradual metamorphosis, so the immature ones have a similar appearance to adults but are much smaller. They are observed running across floors, trapped in bathtubs, sinks, and lavatories. The house centipede consumes other small insects and even spiders. The house centipede prefers to live in damp areas, such as cellars, closets, bathrooms, and areas under the house. Eggs are laid in these same damp places, as well as behind baseboards or beneath bark on firewood.

Centipede Control and Prevention

Some believe that centipedes should be considered beneficial, as they combat other pests inside the home. However, most homeowners take a different point of view and insist that centipedes, along with all other pests, be eliminated. To prevent these house unwanted centipedes from taking up permanent residence in your home, it is important to dehumidify basements and other damp areas, keeping moisture content of the air below 55% relative humidity.

We offer different types of centipede control services in the following areas:
Springfield, MO;
Ozark, MO;
Nixa, MO;
and the surrounding communities.

As days get shorter, leaves are changing color, there’s little doubt that it is finally coming around to Fall weather. However, with this change of season comes a time where the annual migration of spiders from our gardens to our homes happens. With the up and down temperatures this time of year, spiders like to come in at night to stay warm, but then go outside the next day to eat. Fall weather represents the time of year you are most likely to encounter a spider in and around your home.

Spiders are the types of insects that no one really wants in their home. No one really needs any insects or pests in their home. Spiders are especially tricky if you live in an area with more dangerous spiders, such as the black widow spider or brown recluse spider. Both of these spiders are common in Springfield, Missouri and their bites can cause dangerous symptoms.

Spider Control - Knocking webs down in the Fall

Spider Control – Knocking webs down in the Fall

Keeping these spiders away from you, your family and your pets helps to keep your home safer and healthier. There are different tactics you can do to prevent spiders from taking up residence in your house.

To avoid brown recluse spiders, avoid keeping clothing on the floor. Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing.

Avoid black widow spider bites by wearing heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time. Spiders often hide in shoes, so check shoes and shake them out before wearing. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in that area.

On every service, Expert Pest Solutions can knock down the webs outside your house and treat the exterior. This will keep the spiders busy outside, rather than busy, inside. Check out or offers on these control services.

A call by a concerned citizen here in Springfield, MO was asking about a silverfish pest in their home and wanted to see about resolving the problem.

Question: I just noticed a silver looking insect in my bathroom. How do I get rid of them and prevent them from coming back?  I have sprayed the exterior of my house before.  Shouldn’t this take care of most of my pest problems on the inside?

Answer: That silver looking insect is commonly known as the household silverfish (Lepisma saccharina linnaeus) is most often found indoors. It gets into houses in clothing, packaging material, paper products, and furniture. Silverfish can live in a variety of places, including kitchens, bathroom, basements and in attics. They mainly feed on starchy material, but can usually find food wherever they are in the house.

Silverfish Pest Control Springfield, Missouri

Silverfish Pest Control Springfield, Missouri

Silverfish don’t carry any disease organisms, don’t bite and generally stay out of the way. They can damage clothing and paper products. We here at Expert Pest Control know that silverfish can be a nuisance and annoy people by their presence.

We know that silverfish are unable to reproduce or even to survive in building where winter heating and moisture loss results in low relative humidity. Airtight houses with efficient humidifiers that keep the relative humidity above 50% year-round can develop silverfish infestations that are very difficult to control using typical insecticide applications.

If we expect your home and realize that you are in these conditions, the relative humidity will need to be reduced. Besides cleanup of clutter and other food items that may be supporting the silverfish infestation, insecticide applications would be required for silverfish management.

Expert Pest Control does treat for this pest. Call our local office and a highly trained Expert Pest Control Specialist will develop a customized solution after inspecting your home.

Mosquito Pest Control - Zika Virus

Mosquito Pest Control – Zika Virus

The Olympics were overshadowed by the zika virus. Some Olympic athletes decided not to go. Others creative ways of mosquito pest control were used to put all athletes at ease. What about in Springfield, Missouri? There was a report of a man who had the virus. Teams have been forming ever since to look for early signs of the virus in the state.

David Claborn, associate professor at Missouri State University, said that the beginning of July, his team has trapped over 10,000 mosquitoes in an effort to find any evidence that the insects are carrying the Zika virus into Missouri. The primary carrier of the zika virus is the yellow fever mosquito, which has existed in Missouri in the past.

No evidence of the Zika virus is a good sign, yet the research will continue. Missouri State University’s approach to mosquito pest control is early detection signs.

Yellow fever mosquitoes are found mostly in southern states, less common inland, reported The Springfield News-Leader. The Asian tiger mosquito can also carry the Zika virus is found abundantly in Missouri.

Claborn said that none of the thousands of Asian tiger mosquitoes caught in the Missouri traps were infected with Zika.

Springfield Missouri – Mosquito Pest Control – How Mosquitoes are Caught

Claborn’s staff uses special mosquito pest control technique, using traps baited with dry ice to attract the mosquitoes. Claborn says that because mosquitos are attracted to our the carbon dioxide in our breath. By using the dry ice with a fan, the mosquitos get trapped, collected, frozen, killed, and then put under the miscroscope to sort by species and sex. The team is looking for the females that are the primary carriers that bite.

By logging the GPS coordinates of every trapping, the collected data can be shared with the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, which also provides the information to the Centers for Disease Control.

“The state wants to know what’s here and have a plan for how to deal with it if Zika does reach Missouri,” Claborn said. “I think it’s wise for our state health department to get ahead of this before it happens.”

If it is time for your next quarterly pest control service. It is very important to stay on schedule with these treatments throughout the year in order to keep the pest pressure down. In March, we begin our Spring service. This service pays special attention to using products that keep the pressure from common pests like ants and spiders down. We will focus on treatment around windows and doors where many of those pests like to accumulate. As always, if you are having any specific issues, we will address those as well. These are the basic things we do this time of year, however our service will be individualized for each house.

If you are not having any problems, we can schedule your service as an anytime exterior, which you will not need to be home for. Treating the exterior is the most important application of your service in preventing pest problems. This time of year we start getting more calls regarding ants, so we will apply Termidor around the exterior of your home in an effort to prevent you from having any ant problems. If you would prefer inside service as well, we can schedule a specific time and day. We will be in your area ______________, if that day will work for you. Please let me know if we can schedule it as an anytime exterior service or if you will need a set appointment time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Remember, as a customer using the quarterly service you have hired us to provide a service throughout each quarter. If you have any pest problems that we cover please contact us so we can return for no additional charge and get your home back to being pest free.

 

27 Aug 2012

Expert Pest Solutions owner, Brian Pickens, was featured as a pest control expert on a news segment about spiders on local TV Station, KOLR 10.

The extreme heat mixed with the recent drought has created the perfect environment for an increase of spiders to dwell in your home.

Spiders are more likely to move inside right now because they are looking for water and shade.

The best way to protect your house from spiders is to knock down all spider webs and focus on the outside of the house rather than the inside.

It is best to spray a barrier that is 5-10 feet around your house to stop spiders from getting inside.

[Expert Pest Solutions] suggests not spraying chemicals inside of your home by yourself because you could be creating more of a problem by inhaling the sprays than actually solving the problem with spiders.

View a video of the segment and read more on KOLR 10′s website.