9 Things That Attract Rodents to Your Home in Chicago

Rodents will move to a place with enough food, a consistent water supply, and warmth. In many instances, your house tends to provide all these things. Once the rodents enter your home, they can stay permanently and cause much damage. So, what exactly attracts rodents to your home? Read on to find out.

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Common Roach Species in Chicago Homes

There are 4,500 roach species worldwide, but only 30 of these species are pests. German, American, and Oriental roaches especially excel in invading Chicago homes. So how do you identify and eliminate these roach species? Read on to find out. 

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6 Tips to Keep Your Basement in Chicago Insect-Free

The current season is conducive to the accumulation of pests. Bugs and roaches thrive in warm environments. The basement is one area of your home where bugs and roaches can accumulate, and you may not notice.

Basements act as storage areas in most homes. However, you may have to constantly check your basement during this season. Read on to identify some tips to keep your basement in Chicago free from bugs and roaches.

1. Clean Your Basement

Cleanliness is the easiest tip to keep your basement free from bugs and rodents. Remember that you can always hire professional cleaners to do the job for you. However, you can do some of these activities to keep your basement clean and tidy:

  • Declutter to remove any unnecessary items
  • Throw away any rubbish
  • Arrange the items in the basement well to avoid congestion
  • Look out for any critters as you clean

Cleanliness will allow you to find the presence of insects before it gets out of hand.

2. Eliminate Moisture

Damp areas keep harmful things like mold and pests active and alive. If your basement is often damp, it’s because excessive moisture is in that area. The dampness could be due to structural issues or seepage or leaky pipes that need to get fixed immediately.

A professional plumber would be of help in such a situation. Another option would be to utilize a dehumidifier to keep the water molecules in the basement in check. The end goal is to ensure the basement is free from excessive moisture.

3. Eliminate Any Food Sources

The tip is applicable if you store any food items, especially pet food, in your basement. Bugs and rodents thrive in areas where they can feed off something. The only remedy is to remove anything that you consider their food source.

Another option is to store the food in containers with tight seals. Any time you scoop food from the containers, ensure you do not leave any fragments on the floor or surface.

4. Storing Furniture and Household Items

Some items in your basement can serve as breeding grounds for bugs and rodents. They can hide in old furniture. It may be difficult to notice them for some time up until they become a menace. Old carpets are also breeding grounds for pests. These items are often used as nesting places for rodents.

You will create more space in your basement when you do away with these items. You will also have a better chance of a pest-free basement since there will be less areas to hide or breed.

5. Seal Entry Points for Pests

Most times, pests get in through the available entry points in your basement. It could be the windows you leave open for an extended period in the basement. Sometimes the cracks and holes you overlook in the basement could be their entry point.

However, it may also be hard for you to identify these entry points. You can engage a pest professional who may guide and help you identify these entry points. After the identification, take the necessary actions to seal the entry points.

6. Seek Professional Help

Contact a pest professional for guidance if you identify pests in your basement area. Pest professionals can identify the specific pests in your basement area. After the identification, a pest professional will assist you as they curate a proper treatment program. After some time, you may realize a significant reduction or complete elimination of the bugs or rodents.

Bugs and rodents are very unpleasant, they create damage, they contaminate food, can affect your physical health and they may even stress you out. Your basement is among the many areas where pests can accumulate and start to infest your home unbeknownst to you until it is out of hand.

It would be best to consider some of the mentioned tips to prevent them from accumulating. Contact the pests professionals at A-Alert Exterminating Service Inc when you notice an influx of bugs and roaches in or around your home.

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Cockroaches Pose a Threat to Your Health

Likely nobody wants to find cockroaches in their home. They emit unwanted odors, leave feces all over the place, and stain your surfaces with their excrement. More importantly, however, cockroaches pose a threat to your health. The following are some of the health problems perpetuated by these notoriously dirty insects.

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5 Things That Attract Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can spread from one place to another in various ways. These pests can hide in your clothes when you visit your neighbor’s house, travel, or go to school or the gym. When bedbugs find their way into your home, they may multiply and cause several issues, such as allergic reactions. This article highlights five things that can make bed bugs feel welcome in your home.

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Telltale Signs Your House Has a Pest Infestation

Pests can cause damage to furniture, wooden structures, and fabric materials such as carpets and clothes. Also, they can cause electrical damage, leading to short circuits, electrical outages, or even fires. In addition to the physical damages, pests also pose a health risk. Most of them are disease and allergen carriers and can cause major health problems in your household.

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Debunking The Top 7 Myths About Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs – Chicago, IL – A-Alert Exterminating Service IncThe mere thought of bothersome bed bugs in your bed as you sleep can be terrifying. And with all the fear surrounding these pests, many myths have been passed around, leaving many people confused and uninformed. To clear up all this confusion, this post debunks seven common myths about bed bugs. 

1. Bed Bugs Can Go a Full Year Without Feeding

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Ants in Illinois: An FAQ

Do you have ants in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other home space? Before you buy a cart full of baits, take a look at what you need to know about ants in Illinois.

What Are the Most Common Ants in Illinois?

According to the University of Illinois, the small honey ant, carpenter ant, pavement ant, odorous house ant, pharaoh ant, and large yellow ant are common ants in Illinois. While these pests are all Illinois invaders, you’ll likely not find each one inside of your home. Instead, you need to learn more about the different types of ants to understand a potential pest problem.

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9 Common Places Where Pests Love to Hide

Many homeowners don’t become aware of a pest infestation until they catch sight of the intruder in the flesh. However, pests often go out of their way to remain hidden, especially in daylight hours, and can live in your home undetected for a long time before you discover their presence.

To get ahead of an infestation before it reaches critical mass, look to these common pest hiding spots to see if they’ve invaded right under your nose.

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Who Is Responsible for Pest Control, Landlords or Tenants?

Responsible Pest Control – Chicago, IL – A-Alert Exterminating Service Inc

Pests in a rental property are a huge menace to both the owner of the property and the tenants who live in it. But keeping pests out of a rental property can be a long drawn out and costly process. Who should be responsible for pest control in a rental property; the landlord or the tenant?

Landlords will argue that the tenants are the ones who live in the home and therefore they are in the best position to detect or prevent pest infestation of the property. Moreover, the owner may insist that it is the tenants’ behavior that is allowing pests into the rental.

Tenants, on their own part, will say the landlord owns the property and should be responsible for maintaining it. They may argue that if they weren’t living in the home, the owner would still want to keep it pest-free. Moreover, the tenants are paying rent to live in the home.

Between the landlord and the tenants, who is right? Both sides have valid bases for their arguments. In a way, the landlord’s claims are as right as the tenant’s. This is what makes the task of deciding who should be responsible for pest control in a rental property difficult.

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