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3 January Pest Control DIY Tips

The complete absence of flying insects like mosquitoes, flies, beetles and bees in January comes as no surprise. We commonly associate household pests and pest management with the warmer months of summer and fall. As Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas come we begin to let our guard down as the nuisance and stinging insects are gone for a few months but, the lack of these insects does not mean you should stop thinking about pest control efforts. In fact, this is actually the best time to work on preventive measures. 

  • Cracks and crevices are overlooked inside as well as on the outside of your home. To help prevent stinging insects like wasps and rodents like mice (especially during cold months) seal, patch or cover these areas up. It’s important to look under sinks to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
  • Replace or repair any loose mortar and weather stripping around foundation and basement windows.
  • For Missouri homeowners with a fireplace or wood stove always be sure to store your firewood at least 20 feet from the perimeter of your home. Mice, rats and ants will most certainly make nests in wood piles.

Following these top three DIY tips will help prevent seasonal problems with many pests. Winter pest control is a major step in the right direction when eliminating year round pests. Understand that even when performing these steps nothing will ever top having a pest management professional perform a monthly inspection, quarterly service or annual pest prevention service. Call to get your questions answers and concerns met today




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How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches

Getting rid of cockroaches in your home has and will always require the combined efforts of preventive management, homeowner (or tenants), and the pest control professional. Cockroach infestations may worsen when tenants and homeowners tackle them on their own. The misuse of retail products purchased at Walmart, Lowes and Home Depot may cause the population of cockroaches to spread causing an even bigger infestation. German cockroaches can move on to other units in apartment buildings, other rooms of a house.

However, preventive steps can be taken to ward off cockroaches from infesting inside the walls or kitchen cabinets of your home. Dishes should always be washed, dried then, put away. Food should never be left on counter tops or tables overnight – not even donuts, or breads. Plumbing lines and other potential leaks should be corrected to avoid moisture issues. Garbage and food scraps must be taken out daily. Any holes or cracks in ceilings bases and walls need sealed or repaired. If you’re living in an apartment building and see signs of an infestation you should immediately report it to the superintendent or property manager immediately.



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Holiday Pest Control Tips

The last thing any of us need during the holiday season is a winter pest infestation! Household pests are looking for three things this holiday season: foodwater, and shelter— all of which is found by them as you bring in the Christmas tree, get deliveries and begin cooking up them holiday favorites. If you are not careful this time of year pests like mice, rats, spiders and silverfish just might move in and stay through the whole holiday. Not withstanding Christmas alone, seasonal changes due to weather affect their behavior patterns too. Regular inspections and preventive services are important to ensure your home is pest free this year.  If you missed that inspection especially this year due to the pandemic rest easy because here are three tips you can use to have a safe and pest free holiday.

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Avoid These Missouri Pests This Winter


When winter falls upon the land, most pests go into a deep state of hibernation but, there are a few pests that begin entering homes seeking out warmth and food for those long, dark winter months. Pest professionals freely advise homeowners to take precautionary measures against winter pests such as mice, rats, cockroaches and spiders for good reason. Follow our quick guide below and learn how to easily prevent these four winter pests from entering your home. 

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Winter Pest  Prevention Guide


As the cold air draws down upon Missouri mice and rats start heading indoors for food and shelter. These pests begin searching for warmth as well as a place to overwinter. If you’re not paying attention and neglect having a pest professional like Around The Clock Pest Control , your home could easily become a “natural resource” for rodents, bats or other critters this winter! But what if this year’s pandemic put you in a financial pinch?  Fortunately, there are a few things you can do before calling a pro.

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 The Importance Of Fall Pest Control


We know for certain how aware you and your family are about the problems pests can create in the warmer months. But, are you aware of the pest problems that begin as the days and nights cool before winter? For the sake of autumn,  we will skip talking about ants, centipedes and the like. It’s October, therefore we must focus on spiders, rats, mice, bats and other creatures hiding inside our walls. In order to understand why fall pest control is so important, we must first understand the problem. And it’s no trick. Ready this article will be a treat for homeowners!

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How To Identify A Brown Recluse Spider In Your Home

Nicole’s Weekly Pest Control Tip

Watch the video below to see what a Brown recluse spider looks like in Nicole’s weekly pest control tip.

Are Brown Recluse Spiders Dangerous?

Brown recluse spiders are steeped deep within myth and fear. In the past, you most likely identified the wrong spider. It was not a brown recluse at all. Everyone seems to believe this type of spider is huge with long legs spreading 3-4 inches in length. Well, this type of spider is much smaller. And, the spiders you claim are recluses are most likely in the Huntsman family. Wolf spider, Hobo spider and the tarantula are large spiders with lengthy legs.


As you can see in the video above, Brown recluse spiders are light brown in color. Sometimes called “fiddle-backs,” these types of spiders are one in several species, including the wolf spider, all having this same violin-shaped marking. The best indicator next to its color and size is the brown recluse has six eyes (or three pairs) while other spider species have eight eyes.


Brown recluses are, in fact, reclusive creatures that are very shy and not easily found. If you live on the east coast the chances of you finding a brown recluse are next to slim because this spider is rarely found outside of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi.

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Why A Carpenter Ant Colony In Your Wentzville, O’Fallon, or Troy MO. Home Should Be Left Up To Pros.

Nicole’s Weekly Pest Control Tip

A Carpenter ant colony can damage wood in or near your home. While carpenter ants do not eat wood they damage it as they create tunnels to build a nest site. They primarily attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged by mold, but will also nest inside dry, undamaged wood. There are nine types of carpenter ants throughout the U.S., usually measuring ¼ to ½ inch in length and are red, black or red and black in color.

What To Find A Carpenter Ant Colony?

Carpenter ant damage caused from the worker ants is typically found in tree stumps or within wall voids where moisture problems have softened the wood. In the video above, Nicole shows in her weekly pest control tip a carpenter ant nesting location along with the difference between worker ants and eggs.

Ant colonies must be constructed out of direct sunlight so when exposed to sunlight you will see how quickly the worker ants gather up the eggs in an effort to take them deeper into the ground protecting them from the light. 

Satellite nests (or satellite colonies) from black carpenter ants are commonly found in and around areas such as window and door-frames, chimneys, and behind the walls near sinks and bathtubs. More often than not there are no visible signs or damage present in your Missouri home, so homeowners spray the ants they see in one area. This is task commonly completed with retail products is not effective and will not eliminate your carpenter ant infestation – it’s a bandaid approach.

After a few days or perhaps a week, more ants come back.

The reason calling a pest management professional like Around The Clock Pest  is the right choice because a carpenter ant colony has more than one nesting site. These types of ants build two types of nests. Most satellite nests are built in or closer to your their main food sources while the parent colony is constructed further away with ants found in a larger number.

Constructing more than one nest helps ensure their survival. Another interesting fact about all ants is that the more you try controlling by spraying, the more eggs a queen or multiple queen ants will lay making retail sprays a RISK.

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