Summertime for most families in St. Louis means spending a lot of time outdoors gardening, having family barbeques and just relaxing; however this increased outdoor time also means that you will be coming into more contact with summer pests. Some of these pests are just more annoying than anything, like ants, or the occasional spider, but some can pose serious issues for you or family members.   Stinging insects are an example of the more dangerous pests; they become very active feeding on nectar, other insects and pollen; along with building new colonies and nests.  Because of their increased activity you have a greater chance of coming into contact with these insects or their nesting site, causing them to become startled which could prompt them to sting if they feel threatened.  If you have noticed signs of stinging insects on your property you should immediately contact a St. Louis exterminator to come and inspect your property and eliminate any nesting areas that are found.  Professionals will be able to take care of stinging insect infestations safely and quickly, allowing you to spend all summer outdoors enjoying time with family and friends.

There are many species of stinging insects that can be found on properties in Mid-Missouri; some are more solitary while others live in large social colonies. More often than not they are considered to be nuisance pests, but because of their ability to sting and cause life threatening reactions their presence should be immediately dealt with. Common species found in the area are baldfaced hornets, bumble bees, honey bees, mud daubers, paper wasps, solitary bees and yellow jackets.  They all have different appearances so it can be hard to determine exactly what species you have on your property.  If you see stinging insects flying around your property you should immediately contact a St. Louis exterminator as they will be able to identify the species and treat for that specific pest, allowing the infestation to be eliminated as quickly as possible. 

While it can be difficult to completely prevent these pests from choosing your property to forage for food and build nests, there are some things that you can do to help deter them and make it easier for you to spot a nesting area.

  • Reduce the amount of flowers and flowering plants on your property, along with flowering weeds.

  • Eliminate as many areas of standing water as possible,

  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed back so you can easily spot a nest; fill holes and gaps around your home that may allow them inside your walls or attic spaces.

  • Routinely have your property inspected and treated for stinging insects by a professional exterminator.

If you are having difficulty with stinging insects on your Missouri property, Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions has solutions available to correct the problem.  We will send one of our trained technicians out to your property to inspect it and locate any nests either in areas such as trees, bushes, the ground, under roof eaves, in attics, or behind wall voids.  Our highly trained St. Louis pest control specialists will then find the opening to the nest and treat with a specific insecticide aerosol or dust.  Following treatment, the nest will then be removed from your property so that other pests are not drawn to its decaying odor.  If you decide that you would like year round pest control services to prevent stinging insects along with other pests from invading your home and property, our Signature Protection program is specifically designed to accomplish this. The Signature Protection program includes an initial visit where one of our professionals will complete a thorough inspection of your home, followed by an initial service visit where the perimeter of your structure will be treated along with the interior to completely eliminate your current pest problem. After the initial visit and treatment, we will return every other month focusing on the exterior of your home in order to find and prevent other pests before they get the chance to make it into your home.  The regular every other month service visits include:

  • Inspection and treatment of the exterior of your home.

  • Application of a perimeter barrier treatment around your home.

  • Checking and refilling rodent bait stations (if applicable).

  • Treating all possible pest entry points, like around windows and doors.

  • Inspecting miscellaneous areas around your home such as sheds, garages and decks and treating areas as necessary.

If indoor treatment is ever needed during a regular service visit, it will be done at no charge to you.  And if you are worried about termites, we can add termite control to this program for an additional charge.

At Rottler Lawn and Pest Solutions, we have been providing pest control services in St. Louis, Columbia, Ashland, Wentzville and other Mid-Missouri communities since 1956 and our family owned and operated pest control company is ready to help you protect your family and home from the insects and rodents common to our state.  And as business owners ourselves we understand how important it is to your businesses’ reputation to maintain quality pest control services.  Along with residential pest control and stinging insect control services, Rottler also offers other pest control services that include:

Contact us today to get more information on how we can help you with stinging insects invading your home or property or for details about any of our other services!


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