Most Common Pests in Illinois

bed bugPest problems are common throughout the US, but specific regions are often prone to specific types of problems. If you live in the state of Illinois, you should be aware of what types of pests you are most likely to encounter. To help you with that, here is a list of the most common pests in Illinois, along with some handy information about each of them.

1. Ants

Ants are one of the pests we deal with most often here at Aerex. They’re one of the most common pests because of how easily they can get inside homes. An ant problem can very quickly turn into an infestation because once one ant has identified your home as a food source, he’ll tell his friends, resulting in large numbers of ants very quickly. Ants can not only be a huge nuisance, they can also contaminate your food, so exercise best practices when it comes to preventing ants from getting in your home in the first place.

2. Spiders

Outside the home, a spider can be man’s good friend. But when they move to the inside of your house, they become a nuisance and sometimes even a danger to you and your family. If you want to prevent that, one of the solutions is to remove any clutter in your yard where they might breed, and subsequently from where they might move inside. You can also clear plants so that they don’t grow in the perimeter of your house and seal cracks in your foundation.

3. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are nasty and they are very difficult to get rid of. They spread quickly and their bites are not pleasant. They are most commonly delivered to the home through traveling or purchasing second-hand furniture. If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, contact a professional immediately.

4. Rodents

Mice and rats are both a problem when it comes to pests in Illinois. Especially during the fall and winter, they tend to move indoors and wreak havoc on your home. The best preventative measure is to seal all the cracks in your foundation, windows, and doors.

5. Silverfish

Silverfish love damp areas and are commonly found in basements, attics, bathrooms, and kitchens. They hide well, so an infestation might take a while for you to notice. They can be destructive as they feed on cellulose and often destroy books, clothes, and wallpaper. One of the best prevention methods is to control the humidity in your home and immediately fix any leaky plumbing.

6. Cockroaches

The first sign of a cockroach problem is their droppings, which can be found in dark hiding areas like pantries, cabinets, etc. They usually enter a home to find food or water, and they often come in through basement windows, garages, or by passing under doors. They are dangerous because they can transmit diseases. To prevent a cockroach infestation,you should make sure your food is sealed and there isn’t any standing water in around your home.

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