How to Remove a Wasp Nest

Yards and homes are not suitable environments for a wasp nest, especially since wasps can get disturbed easily and sting. This is why it’s for your best to remove a wasp nest if there is one in or around your home. Here are some tips on how to remove a wasp nest effectively! Identifying a Wasp Nest Before you do anything, make sure what you’re dealing with is in a fact a wasp’s nest. Before you tackle the nest, it’s important to know what species of wasp are you dealing with. Paper wasps are large with long legs and bodies. Their bodies READ MORE »

9 Places Mosquitoes Love to Live & Breed

Usually, mosquitoes live and breed around bodies of stagnant water, but people are not always aware of how easily this can happen in their own backyard. These iconic summer pests are not just annoying, they can also cause serious problems since they can transmit dangerous diseases and viruses. One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes at bay is to stop them from breeding around your house. Here are some common places for mosquito breeding and tips on how to do proper mosquito control! 1. Any standing water source in your yard is an invitation for a mosquito female to lay its eggs. READ MORE »

The Bee Identification Guide

There are 20,000 different species of bees in the world, but they all have some similar characteristics. They live in colonies that contain the queen bee, the drone, and the worker bee. A worker bee and a queen bee are female, but only the queen bee can reproduce while worker bees collect nectar and clean the hive. The drone’s job is to mate with the queen. All in all, each bee has differences in its behavior and appearance that are both extreme and slight. Here are the three main species of bees we deal with in our area and tips READ MORE »

6 Tips for Wasp Control & Prevention

Wasps are most active during the spring and summer months. Prevention is key if you want to avoid problems with these pests. Don’t wait for them to invade your home and garden, perform proactive wasp control regularly – this way you can prevent an infestation. When an infestation happens, there isn’t much left to do but to call a professional to deal with this problem. Here are some useful tips for controlling and preventing wasps! Wasps nest where they can find a shelter, usually in a dark and dry place away from constant disruption. The first step to proper wasp control READ MORE »

How to Remove a Bumble Bee Nest

Attempting to remove a bumble bee nest by yourself can be a tricky and dangerous business. Here are some tips and information about bees that might help you! Identifying a Bumble Bee Nest First of all, there are tens of thousands of different species of bees and while most of them live quiet lives, some do not. If you notice a bee’s nest, in order to remove it properly you first need to identify the species. Bees’ nests usually differ depending on the type of bees. The nests differ in material, location, and size. Bumble bees are large, very hairy, black READ MORE »

All About Wasps, Yellow Jackets & Hornets

The Vespidae family includes nearly 5,000 species of wasps. They have spread all over the world, except for the polar regions. With powerful and painful stings, these insects are usually not welcome near households. They like to build their nests in many of the same places people usually spend their time, and there is a good chance you’ll encounter them at some point, so it’s important to know the difference between the most common species. Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets Paper wasps are similar in appearance to yellow jackets, but different when it comes to behavior. Both species are black and READ MORE »

Best Mosquito Control Options

Mosquitoes are blood-sucking killers that have taken many lives throughout the human history, and it is crucial for homeowners to do a proper mosquito control during spring and summer times. They are generally considered annoying, but they can also spread deadly diseases, which makes mosquito control a must-do during warm weather when they leave their habitats in search of food. There are some special precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family. Reduce Breeding Areas Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water, so your first step in reducing the population is to eliminate their larval habitats in and around your READ MORE »

Mosquito-borne Diseases in Illinois

Mosquitoes are one of the main causes of death in the world. If that fact that hasn’t got you thinking seriously about mosquito control and prevention, then you are not aware of the disaster a mosquito can bring with its bite. A huge mosquito problem appeared in the United States during the 1980s, when it was discovered they arrived from Japan by placing their eggs inside used tires. To raise the awareness and promote the importance of mosquito control during summer, here is a list of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois: LaCrosse Encephalitis (LACV) This disease is primarily spread by the READ MORE »

The Mosquito Life Cycle

There are approximately 2,700 species of mosquitoes around the world. There is a well-known difference between male mosquitoes, which feed on plant nectar alone, and female mosquitoes, which extract blood from a host in order to develop and nourish eggs. Each genus of mosquito species might have a slightly different life cycle, but they all have same four stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The Mosquito Life Cycle 1. Egg Stage Most females lay their eggs directly into water, while some do it near bodies of water. Only one inch of water is enough for them to lay READ MORE »

Termite Prevention and Identification Tips

Known as the “silent destroyer” due to their secretive hiding and thriving in homes without signs of immediate damage, termites can prove to be a huge problem in the pest world. That being said, prevention is tough! All homes, regardless of their construction type, can be a feeding ground for a termite infestation. So, how do we identify termites? Termites exist in four different types: Dampwood Termite: Several types of dampwood termites exist in the United States. They are larger than other termites, and they are not limited to one specific area. In fact, dampwood termites are commonly seen throughout READ MORE »

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