5 Things to Know About the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Attention, Chicagoland home and business owners! Have you heard of the Asian Longhorned Beetle? If not, this is the article for you. Asian Longhorned Beetles (ALB) are emerging from trees all over Chicago and it’s time to make sure your trees aren’t infected. August is “Tree Check Month” for the ALB. July and August is the peak emergence period, and trees throughout Chicago should be checked for signs of this destructive pest. Before we dive in to that info, here are five things to know about the infamous ALB. 1. Experts believe Asian Longhorned Beetles were brought to the United READ MORE »

Pest Control Myths Busted

When it comes to pest control, many homeowners believe in household DIY tricks to treat the problem. But what actually works? In an effort to help our customers, we’ve debunked some of the most common pest control myths. Myth: My cat is all the pest control I need. Fact: No, no, and no! If you are experiencing a rodent problem, your domestic house cat will not aid as a solution. In fact, most house cats ignore rodents altogether. Here’s the truth: A cat raised in the wild might kill mice. A hungry cat may eat mice. However, most cats will READ MORE »

Health Risks of Summer Insects

Now that summer has truly begun, it’s time to review some of the most common summer pests. Mosquitoes, ticks and stinging insects are amongst the top insects of summer, and each pose potential health risks to humans and pets. Read on for more information about summer pest control and pest prevention. Bees, Hornets, Yellowjackets & More Stinging insects like bees, wasps and hornets are a great source of anxiety for humans everywhere. Not only can they cause painful stings, but a large amount of the American population suffer severe allergic reactions from them. Stings and allergies aside, bugs like bumblebees, READ MORE »

Earwig Facts, Prevention & Elimination

Earwigs: small, slimy-looking, and fast moving. They will most likely pop out of a dark place when you are least expecting it, ensuing both fear and repulsion. But where do these creepy insects come from? Where do they like to dwell? How can we get rid of them? Myths: First things first. A lot of people associate the bug “earwig” with actually crawling inside ears. So, do earwigs really lay eggs in our ears? Even more troubling, can they enter our brain? The answer is a firm ‘no.’ While humans have long associated earwigs with entering our ears, this actually READ MORE »

Are There Bed Bugs in Your Library Books?

Yes, this an actual question. After one of our colleagues mentioned noticing “small bugs” while he was reading at night, we decided to investigate this matter further. When asked “where did the books come from?” his answer confirmed our suspicions. Bed bugs were in his library books. Of all the places you’d think to check for bed bugs, we’d be willing to bet library books are not one of them. As odd as it sounds, libraries are actually one of the most common places for bed bug infestations. Hundreds of libraries all over the country experience bed bug problems every READ MORE »

Practice Safe Tick Prevention this Summer

Living in the United States means that you are always at risk for tick bites. Common in every region, ticks carry life-threatening diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. With temperatures consistently above 50 degrees and summer right around the corner, it’s important to be aware of tick identification and prevention. What Do Ticks Look Like? Believe it or not, ticks are actually related to spiders. They have eight legs and can be reddish, black or brown in color. They range in size, being anywhere from the size of a sesame seed (before feeding) to a big as READ MORE »

You’ve Got Bed Bugs, Now What?

The sheer mention of bed bugs is enough to make some people’s skin crawl. And unfortunately, we’ve got some bad news. Bed bugs are actually quite common. Present in all 50 states, bed bugs don’t discriminate against location or socioeconomic status. They can live virtually anywhere (i.e. malls, school busses, airplanes, trains, hotels) and bringing them home isn’t all that difficult. Scared yet? Don’t be. There are plenty of simple ways to prevent a bed bug infestation. That being said, there is no guarantee you will never end up with a bed bug problem on your hands. Follow these steps READ MORE »

5 Pests that Return for Spring

April showers bring something other than May flowers –  pests! The warm weather is an annual invitation for rodents, insects and other critters to make their way from their homes to ours. Here are five pests to look out for this spring! Mosquitoes – Though mosquitoes aren’t in full force until summer, they begin to pop up during spring. There’s not much we can say about mosquitoes that hasn’t been said before. They bite, they itch and they suck your blood. If that isn’t bothersome enough, they can also cause dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus. Luckily, there are READ MORE »

5 Plants for Outdoor Pest Control

One of the great things about gardening is that in some ways your garden can take care of itself. We aren’t saying you should abandon your garden chores completely, but there are few things you can do to make landscaping a little easier. One of those things is selecting plants that will naturally help with pest control. Certain plants are either an invitation for beneficial insects or a repellent to harmful ones. You might be wondering how any pest can be considered beneficial to your garden. Some insects, like ladybugs and praying mantis, prey on other pests that cause damage READ MORE »

Why are Ladybugs in My House?

Back in September you may have noticed an abundance of ladybugs inside your home. That is completely normal, as they are attracted to warm places as they prep for hibernation. “But Aerex,” you wonder. “That was back in the fall. Why are ladybugs in my house now?” Good question. Ladybugs hibernate in all the most inconvenient places for homeowners. Under siding, roof shingles, within soffits, wall cavities, attics and cracks around windows are some of their favorites. The good news is that ladybugs pose no health risks or damages to your home. They don’t eat building materials, wood or clothing, READ MORE »

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