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 »

All About Rodents: The Roof Rat

The roof rat, Rattus rattus, is also known as a black rat, ship rat, and house rat. They are some of the most troublesome pests because they eat and contaminate food, damage infrastructure, and transmit parasites to humans and other animals. Roof rats live and thrive in a variety of conditions and climates. They can be found in homes and buildings, on farms, in gardens, and in open fields. On early sailing ships, roof rats were common enough that they were able to spread all over the world. Identifying a Roof Rat A typical adult roof rat is five to READ MORE »

All About Rodents: The Deer Mouse

The deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus, is a small rodent that can be found all over North America. These very proficient jumpers and runners got their name due to their agility. They are considered to be dangerous because they spread the deadly Hantavirus and Lyme disease, which can infect humans through contact with the rodent’s urine, feces, or saliva. A deer mouse prefer forests, agricultural crops, and grasslands, but it can also be found in urban areas if surrounded by suitable habitats. Learning about specific species of mice is important to successful mouse control and prevention. Identifying a Deer Mouse This READ MORE »

All About Rodents: The House Mouse

The house mouse, Mus Musculus, is one of the most troublesome of all the rodents we deal with. They thrive in a wide variety of conditions and be found in and around homes, on agricultural lands, and in open fields. The house mouse consumes and contaminates food that is meant for pets, humans, or livestock. For proper house mouse control and prevention, it’s important to familiarize yourself with this particular rodent species. Identifying a House Mouse The house mouse is covered in short hair, usually light brown, gray, or black in color. Some species have a light belly. The adult READ MORE »

6 Places Bugs Might Be Hiding in Your Home

Whether they hop, run, crawl, or fly into your home, bugs and insects are eager to settle in if they can find water, food, and shelter. It is important to practice proactive pest control so you can prevent an infestation. Remember that treating a minor infestation is far easier than treating a widespread infestation. One step is knowing the places where bugs like to hide out in your home. Here are some common hiding places that you should continuously monitor for possible infestations. Seams of Beds, Chairs, and Couches These are common places for bed bugs to hide. They spread READ MORE »

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