5 Surprising Facts about Ladybugs

When you opened your drapes this morning you might have been greeted by more than just sunlight. Instead, your screen may have been dotted with tiny, moving red spots. This can only mean one thing: it’s autumn, and ladybug season is back. Properly known as Asian beetles, ladybugs are an undeniable part of fall. Whether they’re the one insect you actually like or you find them just as bothersome as all the rest, ladybugs are a common pest problem in the Midwest. Similar to Boxelder Bugs, ladybugs like to congregate on the sunny sides of buildings and homes – especially READ MORE »

Boxelder Bugs are Back for Fall

They don’t bite. They don’t sting. They don’t eat your food and they don’t cause property damage. So, what is it about Boxelder Bugs that makes them such a nuisance? Well, their overall presence, mainly. While boxelder bugs don’t cause a threat to humans, large numbers of them inside or around the home is both annoying and invasive. At this point you’re probably noticing that doors, windows and siding are covered in Boxelder Bugs (or there’s at least more than you’d like). Where are they coming from? Why are they coming out now? Where have they been hiding? During summer, READ MORE »

Identifying Pests & Rodents in a New Home

House hunting can be stressful enough as it is without the thought of pests. On top of things like  securing financing, getting a home inspection, shopping for new furniture and moving in, you will also need to consider an existing pest problem. Of course, pests are probably the last thing on your mind, but having a pest problem in your new home is also the last thing you need! Aerex Pest Control can’t help you buy a home, but we can help you identify a problem! Whether you’re buying a home or renting an apartment or condo, here are 10 READ MORE »

Stinging Insects are at Their Peak

As I was driving through my neighborhood last week, a young man mowing his lawn caught my eye. He was dressed in long black pants, a long sleeve button down shirt and a baseball cap. I looked at my car’s thermometer. It was nearly 90 degrees. Wow. I thought to myself. He must be sweating bullets! Who would be wearing that outfit in this heat?! Then I thought there has got to be a logical explanation for his attire. As a Chicago pest control specialist, the answer was clear. While my first thought was that he was protecting his skin READ MORE »

Cockroach Safety 101

One of the most prominent Chicago pests is the cockroach. From residential properties to professional buildings, Aerex Pest Control treats cockroaches in Chicago year round. Aside from being a nuisance and destroying materials like leather, books and wallpaper, did you know that cockroaches can be harmful to our health? It’s true! Waste and saliva from cockroaches contains bacteria that can cause food poisoning, diarrhea, and Staphylococcus infections. But why do they carry this bacteria? Well, the answer is simple (and kinda gross). A cockroach’s main food source is spoiled food in garbage cans. Here, they pick up bacterial organisms on their READ MORE »

Take Bed Bugs Off your Back to School List 

Back to school, back to school… It’s that time of year again! Back to school shopping is a yearly tradition for kids and parents. While they might be down in the dumps about the end of the summer, it is quickly offset by the excitement of new clothes and school supplies! Here’s what your kid’s back to school checklist might look like this year: Pens Pencils Markers Backpack Calculator Folders Notebooks Bed Bugs Wait…did you see anything interesting on that list? Perhaps even out of place? Bed bugs should definitely NOT be on your list of back to school supplies! READ MORE »

Pest Proofing Tips for First Time Homeowners

You’ve purchased your first home. Congrats! On top of remodeling, renovations and furnishing, there is one more thing you will need to think about as you take on the exciting role of “new homeowner.” That’s right – pests. While pests can be a problem even in new construction homes, they tend to be more prevalent in older homes, used homes, or homes that have not been lived in for a period of time. Home inspections don’t catch everything, and you never know what a previous homeowner left behind. So, make sure to add pest-proofing to your long list of items READ MORE »

Aerex Pest Control’s Guide to Carpenter Ants

It sure has been a busy summer for  We can thank a handful of pests for that, but one has stood out above the rest: carpenter ants. They’re a pest that businesses and homeowners have come to know all too well, creeping up in kitchens, garages and bathrooms everywhere. While carpenter ants are a vital part of nature by nesting in dead wood and aiding in the process of decaying, they can become a major nuisance to humans for that very reason. Identifying Carpenter Ants Carpenter ants are one of the largest species of ants in the United States. They READ MORE »

5 Questions & Answers About Insect Stings

Aerex Pest Control gets hundreds of calls regarding stinging insects like bees and wasps every year. With these calls, pest inspections and treatments comes many questions from our customers. Don’t let stinging insects ruin your summer. Learn how to identify these buggers and protect yourself from their stings. Please take note: While Aerex Pest Control is devoted to helping customers stay educated on the topic of stinging insects, we cannot, do not and will not treat honey bees!  1. Why do bees die after stinging? The only type of bee that dies after stinging is a honey bee. When a READ MORE »

Summer Tick Prevention

Although ticks are commonly thought of as insects, they are actually arachnids like scorpions, spiders and mites. Ticks have been a bigger problem this summer than most, due to the large amounts of rain the Chicago area has seen. This means there is a heightened threat of the transmission of common diseases like Lyme disease. During the summer months, it’s best to take precautions against ticks whenever outdoors, especially in areas known for tick populations. From Aerex Pest Control, here are some common tick prevention tips. Wear long pants, long sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes. This is especially important in READ MORE »

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