Wintering Pests

We all know that when the winter comes, the bugs tend to disappear, but where do they go? Surely they don’t all die off; otherwise how would they come back in the spring? While many do only survive as a species by laying eggs in the ground that hatch once the weather comes up, quite a few actually do normally survive the winter. Here’s a few to look out for.

Spring Pests and How to Avoid Them

As the weather warms up in the spring, insects that have been inactive to survive the winter begin to wake up, and eggs that were laid in the soil in the fall start to hatch. While coming into contact with some of these pests may be unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself, your home, and your property from being damaged. Below are some of the pests you might expect to see and what steps you can take to prevent them.

Stink Bugs: Variation on a Theme

Stink bugs are known for the unfortunate stench they let out when threatened, and they seem to be easily found throughout the entire country. They can usually be identified by their shield-like shape — which has earned them their nickname, shield bug — but there is more than one type of stink bug. In fact, over 200 types of stink bugs can be found across the United States. They can be an intense nuisance, often requiring the assistance of a pest control professional to defeat. Below are some of the stink bugs you might find in the Chicago area.

Mouse-Proofing 101

While there are certainly ways to get rid of a rodent infestation, it’s always better to prevent them from entering in the first place. While some persistent mice might push their way through and find a way in regardless, there are certainly some steps you can take to lessen their chances of sneaking into your home.

Hotel Pest Complaints

When you manage a hotel, your livelihood depends on maintaining the grounds in a manner that your customers demand. That means keeping the grounds attractive, safe, and free of pests. Much of your business is built on your reputation, so when a customer makes a pest complaint, it is important to be sure it’s handled correctly. Below are some tips on how to make the best of this unfortunate situation.

Outdoor Mice Control in 5 Steps

It only makes sense that one of the best ways to prevent a mouse infestation in your home is to prevent them from being on your property to begin with. To help with that, here are five useful tips for helping you control the rodent population around your yard.

Office Pest Control Protocols

Pests are always a possibility when you have an enclosed building, especially in a building where workers are present all day, eating meals in break rooms and snacks at desks, possibly leaving tempting crumbs for enterprising bugs or rodents to find. Keeping your office building pest-free is essential to daily operations, not to mention the cleanliness of the building. Read on to learn how to handle a complaint about pests when they find their way inside.

Black Widow Basics

We all know black widows are dangerous, but do you know how to spot one, and what to do if you start finding them around your property? Learn more about these dangerous spiders, so you can protect yourself and your family from their potentially fatal bite.

Hotel Room Bed Bug Inspections

Whether you’re headed out for business or pleasure, it’s almost inevitable that you will at some point need to stay in a hotel. When you do, it’s important to check the room for bed bugs, so you can avoid bringing them home with you. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how nice the hotel with — hotels in every budget have had issues with these pests, so every traveler should take the proper precautions.

5 Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquitoes are widely known as annoying, their bites causing bites that itch long after the bug is gone. However, in some cases the lasting effects can be even more problematic and dangerous. Below, we cover some of the most common diseases that are spread by mosquitoes.

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