If you suspect rats or mice have taken up residence in your home this fall, you are not alone. According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association, 29 percent of Americans have dealt with a rodent infestation at home, and 45 percent — almost half — of those infestations happened during the fall or winter.
While spring and summer do have their share of rodent infestations, rodents are most common in the fall since mice and rats will seek cozy places where they can escape the upcoming cold. Once a few rodents find their way inside, their population can increase rapidly. A female mouse can give birth to up to 12 offspring every three weeks, and rats reproduce just as quickly. Continue reading →
Bed bugs — they’re one of the most feared household pests, and rightfully so. They cause itchy bites, keep you up at night, and are difficult to get rid of. However, as fearful as many homeowners are of bringing home bed bugs, many don’t know very much about these tiny pests. The following are four interesting statistics to expand your knowledge and understanding of bed bugs.
250: The Number of Eggs a Bed Bug Lays in Her Lifetime Bed bugs reproduce very quickly, which is one reason why you should call a pest control professional immediately if you begin to suspect you have an infestation. If you wait a week before calling, your home will have many more bed bugs and bed bug eggs for the exterminator to get rid of.
Cockroaches are nasty little bugs that no one wants to find in their house. Seeing one in your home doesn’t necessarily mean that your house is dirty because it could have come from a neighbor. But seeing one in your house does mean that you have a lot more. Illinois is home to four common types of roaches. If you can ID the type that is in your house, the exterminator will be much more prepared when they come. Continue reading →
Summer is not the only time of the year for pest prevention. As the seasons change, take a look at what you need to know about the fall weather prevention strategies that can save your home from insect invaders.
Don’t Assume Pests Disappear in the Fall
Do you have an existing pest problem? If so, the cold weather likely will not make it go away. That means you cannot expect the fall chill to kill the spiders, fleas, or other insects that have already invaded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →