Fall Spider Control Tips

by Barbara Lietke on 10/20/2017

Category: Seasonal,
Fall Spider Control Tips
Fall Spider Control Tips With Halloween right around the corner, chances are you’re going to be seeing spiders everywhere you turn. With some handy tips from the professionals at Midwest Exterminating, you can make sure that the only creepy-crawlies in your home are for decoration. As the weather turns colder, it isn’t just us humans who want to spend all of our time indoors in the cozy warmth. Spiders need shelter too and move inside in the fall as well. While most spiders are relatively harmless, they are nonetheless the most feared of all pests, and understandably so. Those who come in contact with a Brown Recluse or a Black Widow spider and get bitten can sometimes require hospital treatment and bites have occasionally even resulted in death.  The good news is that with some spider know-how and easy preventative measures, you can prevent that from happening. About Spiders Spiders belong to a class of insects called Arachnids. All Arachnids have eight legs and...

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Six Tips to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall Season

by Barbara Lietke on 10/20/2017

Category: Seasonal,
Six Tips to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall Season
Six Tips to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall Season As football season heats up, and outdoor temperatures cool down, now is the time to start thinking about not only weather-proofing, but bug-proofing your home.  Below you will find some simple tips that can help keep your fall season comfortable and bug free. Check your screens- Carefully examine all window and door screens from both the inside and outside, checking for holes, snags, or damage around the casement. Simple kits can be purchased from the hardware store to repair any small holes yourself for a minimal investment. If there are any gaps or holes around the casement, fill them with caulk. Not only will this keep out pests, it will help your heating bill too! Remember, any hole large enough to slip a pencil into is large enough to give entrance to a small mouse and countless insects. Consider installing self-closing doors- If you have pets or children going in and out on a frequent basis, consider installing...

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Stinging Insects

by Barbara Lietke on 10/20/2017

Categories: General Midwest News,
Stinging Insects
With all of the pleasures of summer in Northern Illinois- picnicking, throwing open the windows, gardening, and barbecuing, come all of the hallmark pests of summer, namely-stinging insects. There are a wide variety of stinging insects in Northern Illinois. Some of the most common to our area such as bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can do more than be a nuisance, they can cause serious damage to property, and for those unlucky enough to be allergic, prove fatal.Some simple steps can be taken to avoid being stung. Avoid wearing perfume or cologne- We all enjoy smelling nice. Bees enjoy it too. Forego scented perfumes, soaps, and deodorants when outdoors to prevent stinging insects from being attracted to you. Keep food put away- Have you ever left out a soda overnight only to find it filled with dead wasps the next day? Stinging insects are attracted by the smell. If you are out picnicking, keep your drinks covered to avoid taking a drink and getting a nasty and painful...

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Do not Flea with Fleas.

by Barbara Lietke on 10/20/2017

Category: Pest Control,
While you are outdoors enjoying the warm weather with your furry friend this season, chances are, fleas are enjoying your pet. Fleas are tiny insects that live in yards and on animals that take blood meals from hosts. While incredibly small, they possess 6 long powerful legs enabling them to jump up to 6 feet from the ground and onto your pet. While fleas prefer our furry friends, they will also bite humans when a home becomes infested. Some common signs of a flea infestation include an itchy, scratching pet. If you notice your animal scratching more than usual check them for the presence of fleas.  Fleas typically prefer the hindquarters and rear of dogs and around the neck on cats. Another sign is finding flea feces- small reddish black particles in the fur that resemble specks of dirt. Why worry about fleas? Fleas can pose a serious problem for your pet's health. Not only can fleas make your pet miserable, but depending on his age and overall physical condition, fleas can...

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