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Top 3 Facts About Termites Most People Find Odd

Termite Soldiers Are True Headbangers

Soldiers termites form the world’s smallest mosh pit when danger is present to their colony. As a warning sound, the soldiers actually bang their heads against the walls of their galleries. They do this to send tiny vibrations throughout the colony as a warning.

Termites Eat Each Others Poop

Before worker termites can begin eating away at trees and other sources of wood, they must develop a cosmos of microorganisms within their digestive tracts. Termites are not born this way. Termites participate freely something known as trophallaxis, or, in normal words that means they eat each others poop. In the world of termites, eating each others poop is a big deal – without it well, the mounds and colonies would not exist.

Workers and Soldier Termites Are Usually All Blind

Both the workers and soldiers termites in any colony of mostly all species are blind. Since termites spend their lives within the dark confines under ground or deep within wood, they have no need for vision. Swarmer termites require eyesight since they must fly during reproduction times and establish new colonies.

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Bed Bug Quick Facts

Bed bugs are masters of hiding. These parasitic creatures will be found hiding in the tiniest places throughout homes, hotels, restaurants and other places where people and animals sleep. The majority of people never know they have bed bugs until they get bit.

We completely understand our customers concern, so we have put together a few bed bug quick facts to help prevent and discover bed bugs in your home. These facts are not meant to prevent or eliminate a bedbug infestation – they are more of an introduction.

Since bed bugs are rarely seen due to their nocturnal nature, prevention is the best measure when dealing with this type of pest. If you do believe bed bugs are present in your home, here are a few facts to understand until a professional arrives.

Quick Bed Bug Facts

  • Bed bugs are blood-feeding pests.
  • This type of pest will live, feed and breed where you sleep.
  • These critters are able to live without food for six months and longer.
  • Bed bugs are difficult to eliminate without the help of a pest professional.

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Damage from termites each year costs more than hurricanes, tornados, and floods combined! While there are many types of termites to worry home owners the Eastern Subterranean termite is by far the one most should fear throughout Missouri. This is because these termites live in the ground only to swarm in the spring. The entire termite colony is hidden far from our site. In most cases, these termites will enter a home or wooden structure without detection for several years. This means your home may be infested with these tiny critters chomping away at your floors or door frames for up to three years before you know it.

 

Subterranean Termites attack homes and businesses throughout Missouri each year. They have the natural potential to cause serious damage over time.

On average subterranean termites take about three years before revealing themselves in any given structure. While there may be some damage done in this time, significant damage usually takes several years. It’s a good idea to get your home inspected by a pest management professional each year especially, if you already had termites in your home. Even if your home was treated for termites years ago, call us today to set up an inspection for your peace of mind. 

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Top 3 Steps To Keep Termites Out Of Your Home

The average termite colony will chew through the equivalent of a foot long section of two-by-four each year. Most homeowners never know their home has termites until damage is done. With these top 3 steps to keep termites out of your home, you’ll get the peace of mind you deserve.

When thinking about termites, the thoughts of your house falling down or your wood floors caving in is a common vision but, termites are much slower than you think. But, this is not to allow your mind to relax. Termites are responsible for millions of dollars in repairs each year. Following these three steps and calling to sign up for a free termite inspection will go the distance to keep termites out of your home this year and each year after.

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Top 3 Winter Pests In Missouri

Rats, mice, ants, spiders, and other pests are frequently thought of during spring and summer months. Why not during winter months? Almost all household insects are cold-blooded meaning they die off as winter draws near or they will go into hibernation away from the colder weather. However, there are three common insects that remain active throughout Missouri and most of the United States all year long. Bed bugs and ticks will still bite during winter as you sleep or come into contact with one of them. Fleas will remain throughout the year inside. 

For this week’s post, we will look at the top 3 winter pests in Missouri. The top 3 we chose this week are actually active year-round but may increase their in population or activity inside of your home during colder months.

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Winter Spider Infestations

There are numerous ways a spider can get into your house. More often than not, they enter your home by accident. Once a spider finds a safe corner to hid they will begin weaving their web. Spiders will weave webs inside or outside of your home.

Winter is a unique time of year for spiders because they can endure the cold. While most insects die off or go into hiding throughout colder months, spiders have a natural ability to remain active especially inside.

Most everything spiders eat cannot survive winter so this leaves spiders without an abundant food source. They will move around frequently in search of food. In little time, a spider will feel the warmth coming from the smallest crack or opening in your home.

Below we will share how to keep winter spider infestations from starting in your home.

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Top 5 Things Bringing Pests Into Your House

All living creatures need three things to survive: Food, water and shelter. If you are experiencing pest problems in your home or on your property, you most likely have one of the tope 5 things attracting them. Let’s start thinking like a pest in this article.

Deterring pests from coming into your home comes down to understanding the way pests like ants, raccoons and mice think. Getting rid of the top 5 things bringing pests into your home is more than half the battle this year.

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Holiday Pest Guide – Part 3

Christmas is quickly coming upon us this week. In part 3 of our holiday pest guide, we will discuss how important pest prevention is when it comes to guests and traveling. The majority of pest problems are a direct result of bugs hitchhiking on luggage, boxes or bags. They go undetected for days or perhaps weeks. Then, an infestation may happen in your home, your car or bedroom of all places.

Holiday Guests – Pest Prevention

Unfortunately, holiday guest may bring a little more than a gift to your house this year. Holiday pests like cockroaches and bed bugs may enter your home on coats, jackets and gifts. You may receive a host of fruit flies on fruit baskets and other types of holiday baskets. It’s even possible to become infested with Beatles depending on where you live.

There are a couple ways you can reduce the odds of getting a visit by holiday pests.

  • Do not place gifts, bags, or jackets on bedding. Keep them in an area brightly lit and white if possible. a Laundry room works well this time of year.
  • Have your holiday guests place their shoes and boots on a mat by your door. Rubber mats work well especially when they have a lip around the edge.
  • When guest leave vacuum the areas you used for them then, dispose of the bag.

Holiday Travel – Pest Prevention

With all of the holiday travel happening friends and family create a higher risk for holiday pests. Pests like bed bugs are easily transported from one state to the next via cabs, flights and trains. Public transportation gives blood feeders like bed bugs multiple opportunities to find a home for the holidays. To prevent bed bugs when traveling, inspect your hotel room bedding well. Place your luggage on a stand instead of the floor, bed or sofa. And, be sure to wash and dry your clothing in hot water. 

Finally, be sure to use a vacuum on your luggage once you arrive back home or to your holiday destination.

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Holiday Pest Guide – Part 2

It’s that time of year again. Deliveries may be coming from friends and family all around the country. It is possible to get a delivery with an added but, most unwanted bonus attached. Warehouses are full of pests at times. It doesn’t take much for one to hop on a box and hitch hike all the way to your home. In this weeks holiday pest guide we will discuss the types of pests you may want to look out for during this holiday season. 

Christmas Gifts And Package Pests

When getting more deliveries this time of year it’s a good idea to be safe than sorry. While it’s unlikely, a holiday delivery may contain bed bugs, cockroaches, Beatles and other small insects. Accidentally, insects may hitchhike on packages delivered to your home before Christmas. This is because many warehouse facilities have common pest issues. 

To avoid this type of pest problem, quickly inspect delivered packages before bringing inside. While a trained professional can spot signs of activity fast, here are a few things to look for. Rodent droppings, egg casings, dropped or discarded wings, and live or dead insects.

When you receive edible items in the mail pay extra close attention. As these types of deliveries are most attractive to many species of pests.

Because some pests establish problematic infestations in a short time, a package delivered this holiday season has the potential to ruin your holiday.

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Holiday Pest Guide – Part 1

One of the most exciting and fun things to do during the holiday season is decorating the tree, and the house with lights. Another event we love is to begin welcoming friends and family into our homes. But, some holiday guests may not be welcome. Each week, we will bring you tips on how to remain free with our Holiday pest guide.

While decorating the house, baking cookies and wrapping all those gifts, some pest problems may go undetected. When rushing around trying to get everything done in time for Christmas household pests may begin wrecking your holiday. In our holiday pest guide we will teach you how to avoid unwanted guests this holiday season.

Christmas Tree Ornament Pests

This week in part 1 we will look at holiday ornaments. Some of our most sentimental Christmas decorations are stored much of the year. Pests usually target these items due to the way they are stored.

While most of us store our decorations in the attic or basement throughout the year we must pay close attention to how and what they are stored in. Not so much where. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure holiday pests remain out of the way this year.

Unpack boxes with ornaments and decorations outside, before bring them in the house. This will allow spiders, stink bugs, and rodents like mice and rats to get out or remain outside.

Quickly inspect totes, boxes and bags containing your ornaments for any and all signs of pest activity. Look for live or dead insects, particles that resemble eggs, nests or nesting material, rodent droppings and torn or shredded material.

You’ll want to do the same for Christmas trees, pine wreaths, artificial or real garland, and other naturally made decorations. Always store Christmas and other holiday decorations in plastic totes or sealable containers to help prevent future pest problems.

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