Six Tips to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall Season

by Barbara Lietke on 12/14/2018

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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To Kill a Mocking Silverfish

by Barbara Lietke on 12/14/2018

Categories: General Midwest News,
To Kill a Mocking Silverfish
Have you recently noticed damages in your wallpaper, bookbindings, fabrics, and dry food items? Are there yellow stains on your beds and cushions? Your house may be free from ants, mice, and termites, but if you still have silverfish around, you’re in for a lot of trouble. Yes, Silverfish are tiny, but trust me, they can do some damage if left uncontrolled. Silverfish are small insects about half an inch long. They got their name from their silvery, fish-like bodies that move in quick, darting motions. Silverfish prefer staying in dark, humid places like basements, beneath sinks, and laundry rooms. These pests require extermination because they’re big nuisance. They are not in any way harmful to humans or animals, since they don’t bite or sting, but they can cause damage by nibbling on food, clothes, wallpaper, and other paper items. Silverfish destroy these things as their diet consists of starches, glue, mold, yarn, and silk. Hardy little pests that they are,...

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Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

by Barbara Lietke on 12/14/2018

Category: Bed Bugs,
Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
As much as we try to contain the problem, bed bugs are a reality we all have to deal with. This is especially evident in the resurgence of the pest in recent years in many places across the country. From major cities like New York, West like Los Angeles, and even right here in the Midwest – no one can predict where the next outbreak will take place. Fortunately, Midwest Exterminating knows precisely how to deal with the problem. We’ve put together a few quick tips for homeowners on how to deal with bed bugs.Understanding What These Pests are All AboutBed bugs are parasitic insects that are essentially stowaways. These pests slip into homes and other establishments in many different ways. In most cases, though, bed bugs hide out in cracks and crevices of things like luggage, furniture, pillows, and various other objects. The common misconception is that the presence of these pests has something to do with the hygiene of a particular area; but this is not the case. Bed bugs...

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Stinging Insects

by Barbara Lietke on 12/14/2018

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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