Pest Control

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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Fighting Mosquitoes in Chicago

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

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. 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. 

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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 …
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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 — …
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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. 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 …
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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 …
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An In-Depth Guide to the Box Elder Bug

While some pests pose a threat to your home year-round, others are more seasonal in nature. As fall descends on the Greater Chicago area and the weather turns cooler, insects that normally thrive outdoors seek shelter from the cold. These pests include Boisea trivittata, better known as the Box Elder bug. Read on to learn what makes the Box Elder bug such a nuisance and what you can do to keep this pest outdoors. What Box Elder Bugs Look Like

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Pests and Your Carpet

Along with outdoor activities comes the possibility of pests. An ant that hitches a ride on your picnic basket, a flea that jumps onto your playful pup, or another insect that makes its way through a hole in your window screen isn’t normally a problem. However, since pests multiply quickly, one creepy crawly can turn into an all-out pest problem, if the pests have the right circumstances. While pests don’t typically come into your home strictly to roost in your …
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