Spring Pests and How to Avoid Them

As the weather warms up in the spring, insects that have been inactive to survive the winter begin to wake up, and eggs that were laid in the soil in the fall start to hatch. While coming into contact with some of these pests may be unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself, your home, and your property from being damaged. Below are some of the pests you might expect to see and what steps you can take to prevent them.

Stink Bugs: Variation on a Theme

Stink bugs are known for the unfortunate stench they let out when threatened, and they seem to be easily found throughout the entire country. They can usually be identified by their shield-like shape — which has earned them their nickname, shield bug — but there is more than one type of stink bug. In fact, over 200 types of stink bugs can be found across the United States. They can be an intense nuisance, often requiring the assistance of a pest control professional to defeat. Below are some of the stink bugs you might find in the Chicago area.

Mouse-Proofing 101

While there are certainly ways to get rid of a rodent infestation, it’s always better to prevent them from entering in the first place. While some persistent mice might push their way through and find a way in regardless, there are certainly some steps you can take to lessen their chances of sneaking into your home.

Outdoor Mice Control in 5 Steps

It only makes sense that one of the best ways to prevent a mouse infestation in your home is to prevent them from being on your property to begin with. To help with that, here are five useful tips for helping you control the rodent population around your yard.

Allergies and Bugs: What's the Connection?

Nobody wants bugs, and nobody wants allergies — but did you know that the two sometimes go hand in hand? Of course, many people have allergic reactions to insect bites or stings. Allergies to bees and wasps are hardly uncommon, and even ant bites can make some people break out in hives. However, some insects can make hayfever-like allergies worse, and can even have an effect on asthma patients.

Chilly Bugs

When the temperatures start dropping and the snow starts following, many homeowners breathe a sigh of relief, thinking they get a few months off of worrying about the annoying and sometimes destructive pests that plague the warmer months. However, it might shock you to learn that some insects are just as active throughout the winter as they are the rest of the year. Read on to learn about which insects you should be concerned about through the winter.

5 Most Common Household Pests

No one wants pests in their home, but the unfortunate reality is that it is something most people have to deal with at some point in their lives. Learning the signs of an infestation is important, as it can help you catch the pests early and ensure you are able to take care of the problem before the population explodes right under your nose. Below are five of some of the most common indoor pests, and how a pest control professional can help you prevent and eradicate them.

5 Reasons for Professional Pest Control

When you see pests infiltrating your home, it can be tempting to want to take matters into your own hands. After all, they came into your property, possibly causing damage, and at the very least causing some distress. However, it is wise to let the professionals handle cleaning up your pest problem, as trying to do it yourself can have a number of drawbacks, and may end up with you calling for help in the end after all.

5 Reasons You Shouldn't Try to Handle an Infestati ...

Pest control is something nearly everyone will need at some point in their lives, whether it’s for a mouse that has taken up residence in their garage or a larger problem like bed bugs in your hospitality business. When that time comes, almost everyone pauses to think “can’t I do this myself?” It’s possible that you could take care of your infestation on your own, but it’s much more likely that you’ll encounter one of the following complications.

Top Sources of a Bed Bug Infestation and How to Sp ...

Beg bugs are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of, so keeping them out of your home should be a top priority. Below are some of the most common sources of bed bug infestations, so you can know where to keep an extra eye out for these tiny pests.

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