Giant Asian Hornets

by Barbara Lietke on 01/22/2019

Category: Pest Control,
Giant Asian Hornets
Perhaps you’ve heard about a Giant Asian Hornet having been spotted in Arlington Heights, Illinois recently. So what is the buzz on this potentially deadly behemoth? Giant Asian Hornets (Vespa mandarinia) originate in Asia and are quickly spreading across the globe. There are reports of infestations in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Climate change and global shipping are believed to be the culprit behind the spread.  So what makes this new invader so unique? Giant Asian Hornets (also known as Japanese Giant Hornets) are the largest hornets in the world. The average specimen grows to 2.2 inches in length and is the width of a human thumb. They can travel 60 miles per day at speeds of nearly 25 miles per hour. It is a ruthless predator that kills other hornet species, yellow jackets, bees,...

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Six Tips to Pest Proof Your Home for the Fall Season

by Barbara Lietke on 01/21/2019

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 01/21/2019

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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Fall Spider Control Tips

by Barbara Lietke on 01/21/2019

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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