Summer in the City: Prepare Yourself for Common Pests

Summer in the city means more than warm weather and long day — a whole host of pests are common in Chicago during the summer months. Prepare yourself for the summer and the pests that come with it; preventing pests — big and small — in the first place is far easier than coping with an infestation.

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3 Ways to Wage War Against a Summer Cockroach Invasion

Cockroaches thrive in the lush, warm conditions of summer. If you’re experiencing a cockroach invasion in your home, expect the problem to grow worse as the warm season progresses. When you want to win the war against cockroaches this summer, start by launching the three attacks described here.

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3 Facts to Know About Fleas

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Summer is just around the corner, which means your pets and home may soon be plagued with fleas. Your home can become infested with fleas even if you have no pets in the household, since human clothing, rodents, and other vectors can introduce fleas to your indoor spaces. Here are three facts to help you fight fleas this summer.

  1. Fleas Grow in Four Life Stages

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Fighting Mosquitoes in Chicago

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As summer approaches, you may find yourself wondering what to do about mosquitoes. As you plan to spend more time outside, you may not plan to have so many pests bugging you — literally. Chicago is one of the worst cities as far as mosquitoes go, so you certainly want to do something to get rid of them.

This guide will help you fight back against mosquitoes as the temperature heats up.

When Do Mosquitoes Bite?

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5 Serious Diseases Spread by Mice and Rats

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Rodents can cause incredible destruction to your home, leaving gnaw marks along door frames, urine stains on floors, and fecal matter scattered about the basement or attic. However, a rodent infestation also puts your family’s health at risk. In addition to poisoning food, and the various sicknesses that may come as a result, rats and mice also spread many serious diseases; here’s a closer look at five of them.

  1. Salmonellosis

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Pest-Prevention Tasks to Add to Your Spring Cleaning Routine

Researchers are not quite sure when the practice of spring cleaning first began. Some trace it back to a Jewish practice performed during Passover, while others believe it began as an Iranian way of welcoming the Persian New Year. Nevertheless, spring cleaning remains a tradition in American households.  Continue reading

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Why You Absolutely Must Address an Office Rodent Problem

One or two mice scurrying around the office may not seem like a big deal. They won’t eat much, right? The truth is, those two mice can wreak havoc throughout your sales, school, or medical office in ways you may not realize. Here are several important reasons why you must address and remedy any rodent infestation in your office at the first sign of a problem.

Mice and Rats Spread Sickness

All workplaces should be free from exposure to diseases and unhealthy allergens. When mice, rats, and other rodents are allowed to share indoor work spaces with humans, the pests create increased health risks for the workers. Continue reading

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Hire Dogs to Help Find Pesky Bedbugs

Whether you need to screen a single home or a high-rise office building for bedbugs, a trained dog can help. Bedbug-sniffing dogs provide detection services that alert property owners to the presence of the insidious blood-sucking insects. Here’s what you should know about canine bed bug detection.

Dogs Have Superior Sniffing Skills

Canines are endowed with outstanding senses of smell. It’s no wonder that they have nasal superpowers when dogs grow 220 million receptors devoted to detecting scents. Compared to humans — who have around 5 million scent receptors — dogs are the superior sniffers.

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5 Things You Should Know About Fly Prevention

Although it’s possible, flies can be difficult to trap and kill. Many flytraps require the fly to be lured to the trap, and sometimes attracting a fly can be challenging. The best way to protect your house from flies is to prevent them from entering in the first place. Learn what you need to know.

  1. Trash Control Prevents Flies

Flies like different foods at different stages of development. In the larval stage, flies like rotting meat and feces. Diapers, dog poop, and meat leftovers are all attractive to young flies. Adult flies like sweet things like juice, soda, and honey.

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Give Cockroaches the Cold Shoulder This Winter With These Tips

With cold weather just around the corner for residents of the Windy City, many are once again thinking about the challenges they may face during the coming winter. One of these challenges is controlling the types of pests that are able to survive even the harshest Chicago winter by moving into warm homes and buildings.

The cockroach is one of the worst of these offenders, both because of their ability to reproduce quickly and because they often carry disease-laden bacteria that can be harmful to the homeowner and their family. A good way to prevent or eliminate a cockroach problem in your home is to learn more about them and their needs and then use that information to make proactive changes in your home. One thing to remember… our homes are normally about 70 degrees even in the winter, and to the bugs, inside is like Spring all year long.

Identify Your Enemy

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