The 5 Most Hard-to-Detect Pests

Most people share their home with unwelcome guests: pests. They are eager to settle into your house if they can find food, water, and shelter. Most pests are extremely skilled in finding the best hiding places in and around your home. They love to hide in your attic, in the basement, in bathrooms, inside wall voids, and in countless other places. That’s why it’s so important to do a proper pest control regularly. Fall pest control is important because it’s the only way to prevent pests from entering your home in search of a shelter to overwinter. Some invaders also bring READ MORE »

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

The stink bug belongs to the family of shield bugs. They were accidentally introduced into the United States in 1998. They originate from China, Japan, and Taiwan. They can be found near human settlements, in gardens, orchards, and on the agricultural fields. They’re considered pests because they invade homes for warmth. Usually, they enter homes in late summer and fall, so every homeowner needs to know hot to get rid of stink bugs. Stink Bug Appearance Stink bugs are large, oval, or shield-shaped insects. Adult stink bugs can reach almost 2 cm in length. Usually, their bodies are as wide READ MORE »

6 Beetles Native to Illinois

There are more than a half million species of beetles in the world. This makes them one of the largest group of insects. There are more than 25,000 beetle species in North America alone. Some of them can be destructive, so it’s important to know how to identify them. In the late summer and fall, beetles are trying to invade homes in order to find a suitable place for overwintering. Here’s a list of the most common beetles native to Illinois. 1. Green June Beetle These beetles are large enough to be mistaken for a carpenter bee. They’re easily recognized READ MORE »

Why Essential Oils Don't Work for Pest Control

People like to choose essential oils for pest control because they think they’re choosing a natural and safe solution. Some homeowners even say these oils are not only effective but are also healthful and beneficial in other ways. Here are some reasons why essential oils don’t work for pest control. Essential oils are not 100% natural. Essential oil is basically the oil of the plant from which it was extracted. They’re called essential because they should contain the essence of the plant. Nowadays, the use of essential oils is subject to regulation. Problems started appearing when people begin to claim how READ MORE »

How to Tell the Difference Between Termites and Fl ...

When you notice a swarm of ants in your kitchen, it’s easy to assume how you’re dealing with termites, especially if you live in the South. Maybe you’re not dealing with termites at all, but you have a well-established colony of flying ants. Either way, termites can do significant harm to your home structure, so it’s important to know some main differences between the two pests. There are easy ways to determine if your home is a hiding place for a termite colony or a flying ant colony. Termites Termites* may be secretly hiding in your home without any visible READ MORE »

Tips for Crawling Insect Control

Crawling insects are usually easily recognized because they have a body that consists of three main parts: a thorax with multiple legs, an abdomen, and a head with eyes and a pair of antennae. Some insects have wings, which makes them even less attractive. When we’re talking about crawling insects we’re thinking about ants, fleas, bed bugs, cockroaches, lice, silverfish, spiders, centipedes, ticks, and many other insects. All of these insects are searching for ways to get into your home, so it’s important to know how to prevent them and get rid of them. Insects as Pests Most crawling insects READ MORE »

Identifying Ladybugs

There are about 5,000 species of ladybugs worldwide. Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are beneficial insects. Gardeners want to see them since they are predators to nasty pests that are harmful to plants, such as spider mites and aphids. While they are usually considered beneficial, problems can occur when they try to enter our homes in the fall with the intention of waiting for the cold weather to pass. That’s why it’s good to understand ladybug control as well as about identifying ladybugs. Ladybug Identification Different species of ladybugs can be found throughout the United States. All insects in READ MORE »

All About Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs are not noticed during the summer, but they may present a problem during the fall when they begin searching for a warm place to survive the winter. They are named for their primary host, the boxelder tree. Sometimes, they even do damage to peach, apple, and plum trees. But as a cold weather approaches, they seek and enter houses in colonies of thousands. They find shelters in basements, but they occasionally emerge into living rooms and kitchens. Here are some important facts about boxelder bugs! Boxelder Bug Identification Adult boxelder bugs are about half an inch long and READ MORE »

Fall Pest Control: What to Watch Out For

Pests can create quite a problem for you and your family, especially if you are homeowners. It is almost certain you will encounter at least one type of pest during the time you spend in your home. Pests can be a real nuisance, so it is best to put a little work towards prevention than to have to put in more work later. Fall weather is especially suitable for pests to encroach on your home. With that in mind, here is a short list of the most common types of pests you can protect against, and the best ways to READ MORE »

How to Get Rid of Bugs in an Apartment Building

Having a pest problem in your apartment building can be a difficult issue, even more so if you are facing a bug infestation, such as problems with bed bugs or cockroaches. The biggest problem with bugs in an apartment building is that it is enough for one tenant to be careless or not hygienic, and the infestation can easily and quickly spread to all or most of the apartments. So here are the most important things you should know about how to get rid of bugs in an apartment building, what to do about prevention, and when to call a READ MORE »

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