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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.

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/.

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.

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.

Is your home in Springfield, Missouri infested with slimy, disgusting silverfish? Would you like to know how to get rid of these pests fast? Do you want to know the most effective and safe method of exterminating them? Expert Pest Solutions has the answers to these and other questions you may have. Silverfish won’t magically disappear unless you do something about it. To cope with the problem of silverfish pest control successfully you should understand what exactly you’re dealing with.

Silverfish Pest Control Springfield, Missouri

Silverfish Pest Control Springfield, Missouri

Silverfish are small, bluish-silver, wingless insects with a hard exoskeleton. They are usually about an inch and a half in length, and they look and move similarly to a fish. They lay eggs at all times of the year, growing from larva to adult stage in 3 or 4 months. They feed on mold, fungi and carbohydrates – meaning your food (especially dry food), clothing, shampoo, soap, books, wallpaper, shelf-liner, plants and many other things in your home are fodder for silverfish to move in and take over. Their preferred habitat is bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, attics and basements, and are usually found in and under sinks, bathtubs, in storage boxes, bookcases, old stacks of papers (magazines, newspapers, etc.), on closet shelves, behind wallpaper, wall voids, window or door frames, and baseboards. Silverfish love the taste of starch in book bindings, paper on which there is glue or paste, various fabrics, bathroom products, cereals, flour, crumbs and plant materials. 

Silverfish are not easy to kill. They hide in dark, protected places, and they reproduce at an alarming rate. Being nocturnal they may go undetected for a long time. Most home-owners don’t realize they are existent until they see the cast skins, tiny pepper-like feces, or signs of feeding damage, such as small holes in wallpaper, clothing and dried food boxes, and by the yellowish stains on fabric. By this time the infestation is well established.

There are two principal ways of silverfish pest control: natural and chemical. Your expert pest control professionals will provide you with information about both types of treatment and make recommendations based on their knowledge and experience. Addressing a silverfish infestation swiftly is extremely important because they reproduce very fast and are much more intrusive than most people think. If left untreated, these insects can cause costly damage to your home.

Getting rid of these nasty pests may be a challenge best left to the experts. Expert Pest Solutions’ trained and skilled technicians can help develop a strategy for dealing with a silverfish infestation and preventing future outbreaks. Call today and get help in preventing an unwanted pest presence later.

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