Do not Flea with Fleas.

by Barbara Lietke on 07/17/2018

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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To Kill a Mocking Silverfish

by Barbara Lietke on 07/17/2018

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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Midwest Coach on the Roach

by Barbara Lietke on 07/17/2018

Category: Pest Control,
Midwest Coach on the Roach
Among the most unpleasant and common pests to invade homes and businesses in Northern Illinois is the cockroach. Regardless of species, cockroaches are associated with filth and unkempt homes. This isn’t necessarily true. Cockroaches happen in clean environments as well. An adult cockroach can subsist for a year on the glue on the back of a postage stamp. Even the most sterile environments provide ample nourishment for a large infestation. We at Midwest Exterminating would like to let you know that if you suspect these vermin have invaded your home or business, there is nothing to be ashamed of, and you are not alone.  Our exterminators have the experience, training, and knowledge to get your house back to feeling like a home.  While store bought remedies usually cause more problems than they help-only allowing infestations to grow before you break down and call an exterminator- there are some things you can do yourself to identify if you have a problem and work in...

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Stinging Insects

by Barbara Lietke on 07/16/2018

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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