It’s very important to clean your gutters twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Dirty gutters are full of debris that prevent the water from draining away from your house. This can further lead to problems like mold growth, roof leaks, and damage to your home’s sidings. It can also create an environment that pests love. If you don’t have gutter shields, you might not be happy this time of the year as many pests take up residence in dirty gutters where there are plenty of places to stay warm. If your home drainage system is not READ MORE »
The colder weather attracts various pests. Spiders are among them and some species can be dangerous, so it’s important to distinguish them. Illinois is not a state with dangerous wildlife, but Illinois’ population of spiders might surprise many visitors and residents. More than 500 species of spiders live in Illinois. Spiders are usually not dangerous towards humans, but, there are some that are poisonous. It’s important to know some basic identification guidelines to detect the differences. Here are some of the most commonly encountered spiders in Illinois.
To prevent infestation of mice or rats, you need to know some basic things about rodent control. Especially, if you are not sure whether you are dealing with mice or rats. They both belong to the rodent family, but they have unique sets of characteristics. Here are some basic differences between a mouse and a rat.
Having mice in your yard is both a nuisance and a health hazard. These pests can cause property damage, so it’s for the best to keep them far away from your home. When the weather gets cold, they start searching for a warm place to find shelter, so it’s important to do an outdoor mouse inspection. This is the only way to prevent them from finding a place in your home. In addition, removing rodents from your home can be a hassle.
Most people share their home with unwelcome guests: pests. They are eager to settle into your house if they can find food, water, and shelter. Most pests are extremely skilled in finding the best hiding places in and around your home. They love to hide in your attic, in the basement, in bathrooms, inside wall voids, and in countless other places. That’s why it’s so important to do a proper pest control regularly. Fall pest control is important because it’s the only way to prevent pests from entering your home in search of a shelter to overwinter. Some invaders also bring READ MORE »
The stink bug belongs to the family of shield bugs. They were accidentally introduced into the United States in 1998. They originate from China, Japan, and Taiwan. They can be found near human settlements, in gardens, orchards, and on the agricultural fields. They’re considered pests because they invade homes for warmth. Usually, they enter homes in late summer and fall, so every homeowner needs to know hot to get rid of stink bugs. Stink Bug Appearance Stink bugs are large, oval, or shield-shaped insects. Adult stink bugs can reach almost 2 cm in length. Usually, their bodies are as wide READ MORE »
There are more than a half million species of beetles in the world. This makes them one of the largest group of insects. There are more than 25,000 beetle species in North America alone. Some of them can be destructive, so it’s important to know how to identify them. In the late summer and fall, beetles are trying to invade homes in order to find a suitable place for overwintering. Here’s a list of the most common beetles native to Illinois. 1. Green June Beetle These beetles are large enough to be mistaken for a carpenter bee. They’re easily recognized READ MORE »
People like to choose essential oils for pest control because they think they’re choosing a natural and safe solution. Some homeowners even say these oils are not only effective but are also healthful and beneficial in other ways. Here are some reasons why essential oils don’t work for pest control. Essential oils are not 100% natural. Essential oil is basically the oil of the plant from which it was extracted. They’re called essential because they should contain the essence of the plant. Nowadays, the use of essential oils is subject to regulation. Problems started appearing when people begin to claim how READ MORE »