The Bed Bug Life Cycle

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pest problems that can get out of control really quickly. The first step is identifying and controlling these pests. Since there are many bugs that look similar to bed bugs it is important to know what they look like exactly, what is their life cycle is like, and when they usually make it into people’s homes. How do bed bugs reproduce? The process of bed bug mating is called a traumatic insemination. The male breaks the female’s abdomen with his genitalia to inject his semen through that wound. The sperm migrates through READ MORE »

Poisonous Spiders in Illinois

The majority of spiders living in Illinois are not poisonous. There are, however, two kinds of poisonous spiders found in the area: the brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa) and the black widow (Latrodectus spp). Their venomous bite is dangerous, and you can come across them virtually anywhere, so it’s crucial to learn how to identify them. Black Widow Black Widow Characteristics The abdomen of a mature female black widow is usually black and shiny with a distinct red hourglass marking on the underside Sometimes there may be a line of red spots down the center of the abdomen. A mature male READ MORE »

5 Tips for Bed Bug Prevention While Traveling

Reports of bed bug infestations are not uncommon – even in luxury resorts. Traveling is also the  to spread these critters. Whether it’s something as simple as your child’s slumber party at the neighbor’s or a luxurious vacation at a 5-star hotel, it is important to take proper bed bug prevention measures every time you travel. 1. Find a Safe Place for Luggage. Placing your luggage on the floor or bed while traveling is one of the best ways to expose yourself to bed bugs. Even hotel furniture is a big no-no. So, if you can’t keep your luggage on READ MORE »

Are Garden Spiders Poisonous?

If you’ve ever encountered a garden spider, you know how down right frightening they can be! Typically black with yellow stripes or zigzags, garden spiders are larger than the average arachnid and have the ability to create extremely strong webs. Recently we’ve received a few calls about garden spiders. The biggest question is whether these spiders are something to be concerned about, followed by something like this: Do garden spiders bite? Are garden spiders poisonous? Can garden spiders get inside my house? Garden spiders are typically not aggressive. Their bites are also not known to be of medical importance. That 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 »

Are There Bed Bugs in Your Library Books?

Yes, this an actual question. After one of our colleagues mentioned noticing “small bugs” while he was reading at night, we decided to investigate this matter further. When asked “where did the books come from?” his answer confirmed our suspicions. Bed bugs were in his library books. Of all the places you’d think to check for bed bugs, we’d be willing to bet library books are not one of them. As odd as it sounds, libraries are actually one of the most common places for bed bug infestations. Hundreds of libraries all over the country experience bed bug problems every READ MORE »

Practice Safe Tick Prevention this Summer

Living in the United States means that you are always at risk for tick bites. Common in every region, ticks carry life-threatening diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. With temperatures consistently above 50 degrees and summer right around the corner, it’s important to be aware of tick identification and prevention. What Do Ticks Look Like? Believe it or not, ticks are actually related to spiders. They have eight legs and can be reddish, black or brown in color. They range in size, being anywhere from the size of a sesame seed (before feeding) to a big as READ MORE »

You’ve Got Bed Bugs, Now What?

The sheer mention of bed bugs is enough to make some people’s skin crawl. And unfortunately, we’ve got some bad news. Bed bugs are actually quite common. Present in all 50 states, bed bugs don’t discriminate against location or socioeconomic status. They can live virtually anywhere (i.e. malls, school busses, airplanes, trains, hotels) and bringing them home isn’t all that difficult. Scared yet? Don’t be. There are plenty of simple ways to prevent a bed bug infestation. That being said, there is no guarantee you will never end up with a bed bug problem on your hands. Follow these steps READ MORE »

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