People often ask: Why Blue Chip? Why should we choose you over the competition? We believe the answer is simple – training. We believe that great customer experience begins and ends with a knowledgeable staff that can SOLVE problems. Solving a pest control problem is why you have contacted us, and everything else is secondary.
Our greatest asset is our well-trained, educated staff. Every staff member is thoroughly trained so that no matter whom you talk to, from the office staff to service technician, you can be rest assured that you are getting the best, latest and most reliable information.
We have an extensive in-house training program for staying current in the newest pest control trends and continually building our knowledge so we can solve whatever pest problem you may have.
Here are some things that we do differently than our competition:
Blue Chip Pest Control Services has been serving St. Louis families for generations. We have our roots in Phillips Termite Control which goes back to 1959. James Phillips treated many homes in the Webster and Kirkwood areas for termites over the years. He, however, did not like to treat for spiders, ants and roaches. Scott Phillips, James’ son, thought this would be a great way to grow the business and started servicing homes and business for general pests. After several years of operating together yet separate, Blue Chip Exterminating was formally created in 1971.
A single man operation, Scott would work during the day killing bugs, and at night bagging groceries to help pay the bills since he wanted to reinvest in his business. His wife Pat, who answered the phones, scheduled the appointments, answered the phones and kept the books. She did all of this while having two small children at home. Through the years, there were many trials, but they persevered and grew, making sure not to lose the desire that they created the business with. They also made sure not to make the mistakes of larger national companies and kept the family feeling with co-workers who were like an extended family.
Over the years Blue Chip Pest Control has grown into one of the largest, most-respected pest control services in the country with a reputation for excellence. Blue Chip Pest Control serves two states, Missouri and Illinois, and we continue to grow every year. Our customers include homes, restaurants, hotels, offices, hospitals, and schools. Our services include residential pest control, commercial pest control, termite control, fly control and animal control.
Now after more than 50 years, we are in our third generation, Jeff and Kim, Scott and Pat’s children, handle many of the days to day operations of the business. Our dedication to customer service is as strong today as it was back in 1959, and our commitment to keeping the family atmosphere remains our number one priority.
One Question That Comes Up Quite Often Is “Where Did The Name Come From?” It really stands for two things. The first reason is that the phrase “Blue Chip” brings out a consistent image of quality, excellence, high value, and stability. (Blue Chip Stocks, Blue Chip Recruits, etc.) That is the goal that Pat and Scott were trying to attain with their company.
The second reason is that when they started the company Scott was very involved in the Jaycees as a JCI International Senator. The highest chapter award that they awarded was the Blue Chip award.
Our greatest asset is our well-trained, educated staff. Every staff member is trained so that no matter whom you talk to, you can rest assured that you are getting the best, latest, most reliable information.
We have a new service program specifically targeted toward mosquitoes. This treatment program uses a fine mist application of microencapsulated materials to treat all of the foliage around your house and yard. This targeted application kills mosquitoes where they rest and hide during the day.
Unless your home has steel studs and floor joists, you need to worry. Behind your walls are wood studs, beneath you feet are wood floors, and floor joists, around your windows and doors, are wood frames. You are surrounded by wood even if it is not entirely visible. Termites can enter a home through a crack 1/64th of an inch, which is about how big the cracks are between bricks on your home. Once inside they will work discreetly to consume the wood and take it back to the nest. Our monitoring program will help prevent this unwarranted attack, by catching them before they find your home in the first place.
The reason we treat your home year-round is that insects actually don’t die off over the winter. They go deeper down into the soil or like ladybugs they will come inside to stay warm. Insects are smart enough to recognize the oncoming cold and build up supplies of food for the winter. We actually use different types of materials for the winter visits that penetrate deeper into the soil to target these clever pests. These materials are designed to hold up better in cold weather and are the best protection against pests from entering at the first warm spell.
Actually, both do. The winged versions of these pests are the reproductives that the colony sends out to try and start new colonies. It is important however to know if it is an ant or a termite. Winged ants are harmless and their presence means that there is a nest, usually outside the home, and they were attracted to a light inside. Termites if found inside, are an indication that a termite colony is probably feeding on your home and treatment is needed.
Mice enter homes in the fall and winter months because their natural foods (insects, plants, and seeds) are in short supply. They are also attracted to the heat that escapes from buildings. Things like long grass, overgrown bushes, and piles of leaves provide an excellent home for mice to live in right next to your house. From there it is only a short trip inside for food. At times they may get inside and find that they would rather live there instead. Exterior baiting is the best long term solution to preventing mice from entering the home by giving them a lethal food supply where they live – outside.
We accept most competitors’ coupons, but only on initial services or termite control. There are a few that we do not accept, but feel free to ask when you call to see if the coupon can be accepted.
No. The materials we sell and use to service around your home will not accumulate to dangerous levels inside a mouse or other rodent. In general, these pests require only a single feeding for control, which would not be enough to harm larger pets.
These pests are simply trying to stay warm inside your walls and home over the winter. Control of these pests starts in the fall. You should seal as many cracks and crevices as possible around windows and doors and under siding. A residual treatment around these areas also will help kill any that find a way in.
The reason you haven’t seen any problems is because of our regular service. By treating your home on a regular basis, we maintain a barrier that keeps pests out, so you don’t see them. If service was stopped, we’re sure that pest activity would increase.
Not necessarily. You may have just a single mouse in the house. The only way to really know is to have a professional inspect for signs of infestation or to purchase glue traps and monitor the activity yourself. Many times a single mouse will enter a home for food or shelter if the door is left open. If you see more than one, you will need some other form of control for them.
During the winter, we concentrate on using residual dusts, baits and granular materials to prepare the house for spring. By treating early in the season, we can prevent the pests that come alive at the first hint of spring. With winter being less severe than years past, many species are able to not only survive, but thrive year-round.
Most homes in our area will develop termite activity between the ages of eight and 15 years. While some may start early and others never have problems, most homes in this range will have termites at some point. You may start to see your neighbors having termite treatments done. While this will not send them your way, it will alert you that termites are moving into the neighborhood. It’s at this point that you want to keep your eyes open. Call us for a free guide of what signs to look for in and around your home to determine if termites have moved in.
No. There is no correlation between the two. While both favor similar habitats, such as mulch beds and woodpiles, they are mortal enemies of one another. Finding one does not mean that the other is soon to follow.
Only if you want to. We primarily use no- or low-odor materials in and around homes and businesses. If you would feel more comfortable leaving, let us know how we can best accommodate your needs.
While this does not mean that the house is falling down, it does let you know that termites are active around your home. This is a great time to go after the termite colony, rather than waiting for them to come to you and do damage. The Sentricon™ system for termite control works outside your home to monitor and kill termites outside where they belong.
That’s a good question – one that is very dependent on the conditions around your home. Homes surrounded by trees and shrubs, back up to wooded areas, or have a lot of activity that keeps doors open will require more frequent visits. Other homes may require fewer visits to achieve the same results. See our 365 Custom Home Protection program for details about service around the home.
No. As long as the materials had an opportunity to dry, which takes about 30 minutes, it will stay adhered to the surface it was applied to. While rain, sun and wind will all break down pesticides, they are designed to withstand the elements for up to 90 days. On most days when there is a chance of rain, we will use a granulated material instead of liquid sprays. The granules work in a similar fashion to fertilizers in that they are time released by rain and moisture.
All of the products we use are toxic to insects, but they pose no threat to humans or other mammals. We do, however, realize that people don’t like to be exposed to treatments. That’s why we concentrate most of our applications on the exterior of the home. On the inside, we concentrate heavily on inspecting and treating where the pests are likely to be and not out in the open. We are as concerned about this topic as you are, so we always look for better ways to control pests inside and out.
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