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?

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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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2 Common Rats in Illinois and the Removal Process

Cat Removal – Chicago, IL – A-Alert Exterminating Service IncWhat types of rodents invade homes in Illinois? The likely culprit is the Norway rat. Whether you already have a rat infestation or you want to prevent one, take a look at what you need to know about this common species.

The Norway Rat

The Norway rat is the primary rat species in Illinois. This type of rat is not endangered. However, even though this rat did not begin in Illinois it has adapted itself to living in Illinois very well. Continue reading

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Centipedes in Chicago: What They Are and What to Do

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When you see a centipede crawling around your home, you may have concerns about a possible infestation. These insects are commonly seen in Chicago in the summer months when moisture levels are higher.

Fortunately, centipedes are usually not harmful to humans. In fact, they are beneficial insects. Still, a house centipede is a sign you have a pest insect infestation, not necessarily a centipede infestation. Read on to learn more about house centipedes, why they invade homes, and how to keep them away.

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The Common Housefly: A Persistent Problem

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Nearly everyone has experienced a housefly buzzing about during a barbecue or picnic. Homes almost always seem to have one or two of the pests flying around over the summer. People swat the bugs away and ignore them unless the population grows out of control. With the information below, you can address the issue quickly and keep everyone safe from the bacteria flies carry. Continue reading

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Top Indian Meal Moth Information

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What is an Indian meal moth? This common pest is a pantry predator that can easily invade your kitchen. If you suspect this pest is in your home, take a look at the answers to the top Indian meal moth questions.

Where Are Indian Meal Moths Found?

In a broad sense—everywhere. The Indian meal moth is found across the United States.

More specifically, the Indian meal moth is found in your pantry. Common in-home habitats these invaders enjoy include:

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