Why DIY Pest Control Can be Dangerous

There are many areas in our lives where DIY (Do It Yourself) projects come in handy. DIY home improvement projects and decorating projects can make our lives easier, and they’re often fun. However, pest control is one area where you need to proceed with caution.


Here are several reasons you should be careful when it comes to pest control.


Bugs can be misidentified

If you’ve never had any type of training or education in the pest control world, it can be extremely tough to properly identify an insect. Is it an ant or termite? A cockroach or beetle? What about those strange, alien-looking insects that you’ve never seen before? Treating your home for the wrong kind of insect can cost you time and money.


Your pest problem is unique

There’s no universal, one-size-fits-all pest control solution. Finding tips online or from someone who hasn’t spent time in your home investigating your problem can mean treating it like every other pest problem, and that can also waste time and money.


Products can be used incorrectly

How can you tell if the source of your DIY pest control project is reliable? How can they ensure the products used won’t put your home or your family in danger? It’s also tough to ensure that you don’t make any harmful mistakes during application.


There’s no ongoing care

Most DIY projects are one-time solutions, and they don’t come with a reliable pest control specialist who can follow up and make sure your treatment is working.


It can be stressful

No matter how much you enjoy a good DIY project, a DIY pest control solution can be stressful. You’re likely already stressed if you’re experiencing a pest issue, so why add more stress to the mix? Your best option is to call in a professional you can trust to handle it for you.


We can help

No matter how intimidating or pervasive your pest problem, you can trust that Amco Ranger knows exactly how to handle it and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Give us a call today if you need help getting rid of pests in your home in Cottleville, St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Charles, and surrounding communities.


Where Do Bugs Go in the Winter?

We all love the relief from bugs that winter gives us. The mosquitoes stop buzzing, and we no longer need to worry about getting stung or bothered by bees and wasps. But you might still be wondering, where are they?



Ants don’t go very far. They’re great at overwintering outside in our back yards. They put on some fat during the fall in order to survive for weeks without any food (just like bears). They then tunnel far underground to avoid cold temperatures and hope their colony survives until spring.



The main priority of bees is to protect the queen, and that doesn’t change once temperatures drop. Bees form a winter cluster in the center of their hive, where they huddle together and keep each other warm. You won’t see any bees once winter hits.



If you’ve ever tried to kill a cockroach yourself, you know they can withstand nearly anything. So what’s a little cold? Most species can survive all year as long as they have a warm, moist home. However, the cold slows down reproduction rates, so while you’ll still see them around your home, you might not see as many as you would in the summer. If you suspect a roach infestation, especially in the winter, it’s important to call in the pros to find where they’re overwintering.



Although it feels like they suddenly disappear once it gets cold outside, mosquitoes don’t travel south for the winter or fall dead as soon as it gets cold. They overwinter in places like hollow logs to stay warm and survive until the spring. Females are the first to leave hibernation as soon as it warms up in order to begin developing eggs.



You may still see some spiders in the winter, but they definitely slow down and tend to overwinter once it gets cold. Many species overwinter inside homes, in crawl spaces, attics, and other dark, warm spaces. They may be in your home without you even knowing since their activity is reduced in the cold months. Keep an eye out for webs to give you a clue as to where they’re hiding.

Learn how to identify and prevent brown recluse spiders.


In warm climates and inside our homes, termites can survive all winter long. However, if they’re not living inside your home, it depends on the type of termite. Subterranean termites dig deep into your soil below the frost line in order to stay warm in the colder months. Others find shelter in dry wood around your home. If you have a termite problem in the warmer months, don’t expect the winter to kill them off for you; only a quality termite treatment will do the trick.



Some tick species such as the American dog tick and the lone star tick are not active once it gets cold. Others such as the black-legged tick will remain active as long as temperatures stay above freezing. Many of their preferred hosts are hibernating during the winter, so we often don’t notice them until the spring when they have many more options available.


We can help

Even though we don’t notice as many bugs in the winter, pests are always a problem unless treated. Don’t wait until it gets warm again. Give us a call today if you notice any signs of pests in or around your home in Cottleville, St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Charles, and surrounding communities.