How to Clean House after a Rodent Infestation

If you have recently experienced a rodent infestation, you know that it is a nightmare. After having the pests exterminated, you are left dealing with a terrible mess that is not only disgusting, but also dangerous. Rodents carry a multitude a viruses, bacteria, and diseases that are released through their waste droppings and saliva. The most hazardous illness carried by rodents is Hantavirus. This deadly virus is transmitted by airborne particles from rodent feces and urine. According the CDC, Hantavirus has a 36% fatality rate. Protecting Yourself Anytime you are handling dead rodents, cleaning up waste or rodent saliva, or READ MORE »

The Bed Bug Life Cycle

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pest problems that can get out of control really quickly. The first step is identifying and controlling these pests. Since there are many bugs that look similar to bed bugs it is important to know what they look like exactly, what is their life cycle is like, and when they usually make it into people’s homes. How do bed bugs reproduce? The process of bed bug mating is called a traumatic insemination. The male breaks the female’s abdomen with his genitalia to inject his semen through that wound. The sperm migrates through READ MORE »

Poisonous Spiders in Illinois

The majority of spiders living in Illinois are not poisonous. There are, however, two kinds of poisonous spiders found in the area: the brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa) and the black widow (Latrodectus spp). Their venomous bite is dangerous, and you can come across them virtually anywhere, so it’s crucial to learn how to identify them. Black Widow Black Widow Characteristics The abdomen of a mature female black widow is usually black and shiny with a distinct red hourglass marking on the underside Sometimes there may be a line of red spots down the center of the abdomen. A mature male READ MORE »

DIY or Professional Pest Control? When to Call the ...

After spotting an unwanted pest in your home, you may begin debating over whether to tackle the situation yourself or to hire a professional pest control service to handle the situation. In simple cases of very minor pest infestations that do not pose a danger to your family or your home, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. There are several variables to consider when making this choice, including: budget, knowledge, risk assessment, volume of the infestation, and the type of pest you are dealing with. Consider Your Budget If you have a minor pest problem, your first READ MORE »

3 Most Harmful Pests For Children

There are over 900,000 different insects in the world, and they make up 80% of all the world’s species. Some of them live in your household and they may expose your children to harmful diseases. As a parent, knowing which pests are dangerous can help you choose the most effective strategy to minimize your family’s exposure to those pests who live in your home or garden. Pest control helps you with a regulation and management of the species which can be dangerous for your children’s health, so here is a list of the most harmful pests that may be living READ MORE »

5 Most Common Signs of a Mouse Infestation

As the weather gets colder and colder, more and more mice will be on the hunt for a warm place to take shelter, find food, and even multiply. Once they get inside your home, you should know that it’s going to take a lot of time and effort to get rid of mice. If you see a single mouse inside your house, it’s safe to assume there are many others where it came from. Cracked walls and holes in the floors, walls, and foundation are common entry points for mice, and this often leads to a mouse infestation. The first 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 »

5 Tips for Bed Bug Prevention While Traveling

Reports of bed bug infestations are not uncommon – even in luxury resorts. Traveling is also the  to spread these critters. Whether it’s something as simple as your child’s slumber party at the neighbor’s or a luxurious vacation at a 5-star hotel, it is important to take proper bed bug prevention measures every time you travel. 1. Find a Safe Place for Luggage. Placing your luggage on the floor or bed while traveling is one of the best ways to expose yourself to bed bugs. Even hotel furniture is a big no-no. So, if you can’t keep your luggage on READ MORE »

4 Commercial Mice Prevention Tips

We talk a lot about about mice and rats inside the home, but it comes as no surprise that we are still getting calls about these pesky rodents (and we know as we get deeper into winter they will keep coming). For that reason we’d like to revisit rodent control, this time for commercial environments. Here are the four most valuable mice prevention tips for commercial buildings: Identify Of course we all know what a mouse looks like, but more often than not, it’s not the mice we see — it’s the evidence of their existence. Droppings, fresh gnaw marks, and READ MORE »

Are Garden Spiders Poisonous?

If you’ve ever encountered a garden spider, you know how down right frightening they can be! Typically black with yellow stripes or zigzags, garden spiders are larger than the average arachnid and have the ability to create extremely strong webs. Recently we’ve received a few calls about garden spiders. The biggest question is whether these spiders are something to be concerned about, followed by something like this: Do garden spiders bite? Are garden spiders poisonous? Can garden spiders get inside my house? Garden spiders are typically not aggressive. Their bites are also not known to be of medical importance. That READ MORE »

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