How to Prevent Bugs in a Restaurant

Restaurant owners and managers must be aware that there are strict regulations for professional pest management in any food handling area. Not only for sanitation and safety reasons, but also for brand reputation. Not only that, but you certainly wouldn’t want to take any chances of incurring damage caused by pests, so make sure you learn how to prevent them. Here are some tips for how to prevent bugs in your restaurant. Inspection There are some crucial areas in restaurants in which bugs usually gather, and it is important to know what they are so you can learn how to READ MORE »

4 Commercial Mice Prevention Tips

We talk a lot about about mice and rats inside the home, but it comes as no surprise that we are still getting calls about these pesky rodents (and we know as we get deeper into winter they will keep coming). For that reason we’d like to revisit rodent control, this time for commercial environments. Here are the four most valuable mice prevention tips for commercial buildings: Identify Of course we all know what a mouse looks like, but more often than not, it’s not the mice we see — it’s the evidence of their existence. Droppings, fresh gnaw marks, and READ MORE »

5 Things to Know About the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Attention, Chicagoland home and business owners! Have you heard of the Asian Longhorned Beetle? If not, this is the article for you. Asian Longhorned Beetles (ALB) are emerging from trees all over Chicago and it’s time to make sure your trees aren’t infected. August is “Tree Check Month” for the ALB. July and August is the peak emergence period, and trees throughout Chicago should be checked for signs of this destructive pest. Before we dive in to that info, here are five things to know about the infamous ALB. 1. Experts believe Asian Longhorned Beetles were brought to the United READ MORE »

Health Risks of Summer Insects

Now that summer has truly begun, it’s time to review some of the most common summer pests. Mosquitoes, ticks and stinging insects are amongst the top insects of summer, and each pose potential health risks to humans and pets. Read on for more information about summer pest control and pest prevention. Bees, Hornets, Yellowjackets & More Stinging insects like bees, wasps and hornets are a great source of anxiety for humans everywhere. Not only can they cause painful stings, but a large amount of the American population suffer severe allergic reactions from them. Stings and allergies aside, bugs like bumblebees, READ MORE »

Earwig Facts, Prevention & Elimination

Earwigs: small, slimy-looking, and fast moving. They will most likely pop out of a dark place when you are least expecting it, ensuing both fear and repulsion. But where do these creepy insects come from? Where do they like to dwell? How can we get rid of them? Myths: First things first. A lot of people associate the bug “earwig” with actually crawling inside ears. So, do earwigs really lay eggs in our ears? Even more troubling, can they enter our brain? The answer is a firm ‘no.’ While humans have long associated earwigs with entering our ears, this actually READ MORE »

5 Pests that Return for Spring

April showers bring something other than May flowers –  pests! The warm weather is an annual invitation for rodents, insects and other critters to make their way from their homes to ours. Here are five pests to look out for this spring! Mosquitoes – Though mosquitoes aren’t in full force until summer, they begin to pop up during spring. There’s not much we can say about mosquitoes that hasn’t been said before. They bite, they itch and they suck your blood. If that isn’t bothersome enough, they can also cause dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus. Luckily, there are READ MORE »

What's that Smell? Stink Bugs!

When you hear the words “stink bug,” chances are you hope they stay far, far away from your home. While the truth is that stink bugs are extremely prevalent in and around Chicago, they typically remain outdoors and rarely become a problem indoors. That being said, Aerex Pest Control still wants their customers to be aware of this interesting insect and what to do if they do become present in your work or living space. Identification & Habits: If you’ve ever seen a stink bug, you know they are interesting looking creatures. You also know they are distinctive from other READ MORE »

Mild Winter Wakes Pests Early

After a mild and virtually snowless December, Chicagoans braced for more seasonable weather in January and February. But even with below zero days, inches upon inches of snow and winter weather advisories, this winter has been relatively tolerable. Don’t believe us? Pests do. Just ask the ladybugs and boxelder bugs you have been seeing around the house! Due to mild weather, pests are waking up a little earlier this year. So even though the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, pests are emerging from hibernation and sooner than we’d like. During winter, insects like ladybugs and boxelder bugs are READ MORE »

Avoid Cockroaches in 3 Easy Steps

There are few sights more alarming than a cockroach scuttling across the floor of your home or office. There’s no question cockroaches are creepy. But what many people don’t realize is they can also pose health risks. Cockroaches are known to trigger allergic reactions as well as asthma symptoms. Additionally, they can carry up to 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Unfortunately, cockroaches are notoriously difficult to control. That being said, taking preventative measures against them is the best approach for a cockroach-free environment. Proper sanitation and keeping all areas free of moisture are common best practices, READ MORE »

Rodent Infestations and Our Health

If you’ve ever had a mice or rat infestation you know it can be an unpleasant experience. But what many people don’t realize is that mice and rats are more than just a nuisance; they can be dangerous to our health. When rodents invade our home, the accumulation of feces spreads bacteria that can contaminate food sources. This bacteria can even trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions in humans. This is particularly concerning when considering the fact that rodents defecate almost constantly. This means their droppings accumulate quickly, allowing us to inhale infectious particles. Here are a few of the READ MORE »

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