Got Bed Bugs? Here’s What To Do Next

If you’ve recently discovered that you have brought bed bugs into your home, there are a few things you will want to understand to make sure that your treatments are highly effective. Most people know little about bed bugs until they have discovered bites or bugs in their beds. You might be thinking, “I’m not [&hellip…

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Common Spiders in the Midwest

There are many factors contributing to what attracts spiders into homes. If your home is prone to spiders, you probably already know there are many different types of spiders common in the midwest. Most of these species are harmless, with some causing mild irritation at the bite. Highly venomous spiders are prevalent in Illinois and [&hellip…

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Bug Talk: Stink Bugs

Stink Bugs are now a common pest found throughout the Midwest, and have become increasingly prevalent over the last decade. There are several species of stink bugs in the world, but the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is usually what you’re seeing around the home. They are an invasive species that measures around 1.7 cm in [&hellip…

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Moths vs Butterflies

Moths and butterflies. Butterflies and moths. These are common, non-threatening, flying insects that are seen around the globe. Moths and butterflies are both categorized in the order Lepidoptera, with 125 families of moths and 5 families of butterflies. With strikingly similar physical features and a countless number of these flying insects around the world, it is [&hellip…

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Illinois Fall/Winter Pest Forecast

With colder weather coming our way, more pests are seeking shelter in our homes. The amount of pest populations coincide with local weather patterns of the spring and summer seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, predicting anticipated pest pressure across the U.S. for Fall and Winter 2016. How do [&hellip…

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5 Bug-Themed Horror Films

Are you struggling to think of a scary movie to watch on Halloween this year? Well, if you are in the mood for an bug-themed horror film, then we have you covered. From giant ants, to gigantic spiders, to a man-fly hybrid, these frightening films are sure to keep you up at night!   1. [&hellip…

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Yellow Jackets in the Fall in Illinois

Now that October has arrived and everyone is thinking of the cold weather ahead, don’t forget that yellow jackets are still quite active and more aggressive! Although their yellow and black stripes are similar to those of bees, yellow jackets are not bees. Yellow Jackets are wasps. They are very social creatures, living in colonies that [&hellip…

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Why do moths eat your clothes?

Have you ever taken a sweater out of your closet, only to find it destroyed with holes? Who are the culprits? Moths. Of course, you want to deal with   the problem before it gets out of control. But it is important to understand the root of the issue before learning how to deal with it. [&hellip…

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Head Lice: Preventing and Treating Tips

The school year is well on its way, and that means the head lice are getting around! School brings lots of young, active children together in close quarters which makes a lovely breeding ground for lice. In the United States, it is believed that about 6 to 12 million children between 3 and 12 years [&hellip…

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What Makes An Insect An Insect?

“What kind of insect is that?” We have all done it, asking what creepy crawler is passing by us on the sidewalk. But sometimes, we are simply asking the wrong question, because it may not be an insect at all! It is an insect? Is it an arachnid? Who knows?! So what makes an insect [&hellip…

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