All About Wasps, Yellow Jackets & Hornets

The Vespidae family includes nearly 5,000 species of wasps. They have spread all over the world, except for the polar regions. With powerful and painful stings, these insects are usually not welcome near households. They like to build their nests in many of the same places people usually spend their time, and there is a good chance you’ll encounter them at some point, so it’s important to know the difference between the most common species. Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets Paper wasps are similar in appearance to yellow jackets, but different when it comes to behavior. Both species are black and READ MORE »

Best Mosquito Control Options

Mosquitoes are blood-sucking killers that have taken many lives throughout the human history, and it is crucial for homeowners to do a proper mosquito control during spring and summer times. They are generally considered annoying, but they can also spread deadly diseases, which makes mosquito control a must-do during warm weather when they leave their habitats in search of food. There are some special precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family. Reduce Breeding Areas Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water, so your first step in reducing the population is to eliminate their larval habitats in and around your READ MORE »

What are Clover Mites?

Clover mites usually appear during the spring and fall, and extreme numbers of these tiny insects can be seen during the late spring as well. Generally, they enter houses close to thick vegetation and can invade houses in very large numbers, so it is important to do a proper preventative clover mite control to keep them from entering. How to Identify a Clover Mite Clover mite adults are tiny, oval shaped arachnids. They are less than a millimeter in diameter, about the size of a poppy seed. They have eight legs, and the pair of legs pointing forward is slightly longer READ MORE »

How to Prevent Ants in the Kitchen

There are over 12,000 species of ants worldwide and only a small handful of them is enough to totally invade your kitchen. Ants found indoors are usually the Argentine ant, the Pharaoh ant, and the Pavement ant, and if you are really unlucky you might have the Carpenter ant, well-known for destroying the wood that holds up your home. Ants can be found in any room in your house, but the kitchen is their favorite habitat. Even if you have never seen an ant around, it is important to keep your kitchen clean at all times to prevent them from READ MORE »

Are Centipedes Poisonous?

Centipedes are flattened arthropods with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, they can have a different number of legs, from 30 to 354. These pests can be found in a variety of environments. It is estimated that there are more than 8,000 species of centipedes worldwide. Usually, they have a drab coloration with shades of brown and red. Some species can be hazardous to humans since they bite. It is not just scary to know that centipedes can be poisonous, they always look frightening due to the dozens of legs moving at the same time. A perfect description of the READ MORE »

Mosquito-borne Diseases in Illinois

Mosquitoes are one of the main causes of death in the world. If that fact that hasn’t got you thinking seriously about mosquito control and prevention, then you are not aware of the disaster a mosquito can bring with its bite. A huge mosquito problem appeared in the United States during the 1980s, when it was discovered they arrived from Japan by placing their eggs inside used tires. To raise the awareness and promote the importance of mosquito control during summer, here is a list of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois: LaCrosse Encephalitis (LACV) This disease is primarily spread by the READ MORE »

How to Get Rid of Spiders in Your Home

There is a saying that you are always within three feet of a spider, but you probably won’t discover their webs until you start cleaning your home, since they are good at finding concealed shelter. There are 30,000 spider species throughout the world, and many of them seek shelter inside households. They enter homes through open, poorly screened windows and through gaps around door and window frames. How to Prevent Spiders from Getting in your Home Your goal should be to discourage spiders from entering your home in the first place. Here are some tips on how to do that! READ MORE »

The Mosquito Life Cycle

There are approximately 2,700 species of mosquitoes around the world. There is a well-known difference between male mosquitoes, which feed on plant nectar alone, and female mosquitoes, which extract blood from a host in order to develop and nourish eggs. Each genus of mosquito species might have a slightly different life cycle, but they all have same four stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The Mosquito Life Cycle 1. Egg Stage Most females lay their eggs directly into water, while some do it near bodies of water. Only one inch of water is enough for them to lay READ MORE »

Top 5 Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are small pests that feed by sucking blood from humans or animals. Although they are called bed bugs, your mattress is not the only place they reside – they can live in any place inside your home with cracks and crevices, which is what makes the problem of an infestation even harder to detect. Here are some things you need to know even before checking your home for a bed bug infestation in order to do a proper pest control. Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation 1. Red, itchy bites People often don’t consider bed bugs to be READ MORE »

All About Rodents: The Norway Rat

The Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus, also known as a street rat, brown rat, or sewer rat, is one of the most common and well-known species of rat. Although Norway rats were originally from China, today they can be found in nearly every part of the world and are most commonly found in urban areas. The name Norway rat is still in use today, although it has been known since the 20th century that their origin country is not Norway. They live wherever there is any type of food and shelter, from crowded city buildings and subways to fields of corn READ MORE »

Now hiring experienced, licensed, pest control technicians! To apply, please call 847-255-8888.