The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

What is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug? The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was first noticed in the state of Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s. Although it is not for certain how they arrived in the United States, it is speculated that they arrived by a shipping container from Asia. The BMSB is native to China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. The BMSB is a nuisance to homeowners across the US and is also considered a risk to agriculture. They have done noticeable damage to apple and pear orchards in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

5 Sneaky Pests to Watch Out For

Pests — unfortunately, most of us live right alongside them, whether at home or at work. Pests are one of the biggest problems with any type of property because they are so ubiquitous. What’s worse, they have adapted to living with us by being very sneaky about invading our space. Even if you don’t see them, it is advisable to have a regular professional pest control sweep to uncover any unwelcome visitors lurking in the shadows. Here’s just five examples of pests that are particularly hard to detect.

The Resilient Bed Bug

Bed bugs are among the most despicable pests that can invade your home or business. They are literally bloodsuckers, feeding on human blood to survive. Bed bug saliva contains anticoagulants and anesthetics so that the host does not feel anything when they bite. Most victims have no idea they have been a meal until they discover irritated red bumps on their body.

Mosquito Control: Why Go Pro?

Summer’s return means the return of pesky mosquitos. Maybe you will try to take care of them yourself by spraying your yard yourself or using bug spray to try to keep the pests from biting you and your family. However, those methods are rarely as effective as going to the pros. Here are some benefits to hiring a professional service to help you take care of those annoying pests instead of doing it yourself.

Prevent Pests During Spring Cleaning

With spring now here, it’s time for spring cleaning. It’s also the ideal time to protect your home against the pests who want to try and move in. Bugs and rodents infesting your yard and home is problematic, so here are a few tips and suggestions you can use that might help you keep those pesky pests away.

Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bug Guests from College

Unfortunately, bed bugs have recently begun to make a comeback across the U.S. and it is critical to take measures to prevent an infestation. True to their parasitic nature, they are excellent at finding ways to travel and spread misery everywhere they go. Whether you have spotted them around the dorm or not, keep in mind that college campuses are ideal breeding grounds. These bugs hide in the most unlikely of places, making it easy to unknowingly take them with you when you return home. To avoid bringing these nasty little creatures along to meet the family, you can follow READ MORE »

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.

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