The Added Value of Routine Pest Management in Aurora, IL and Surrounding Areas

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As the old saying goes; “a penny saved is a penny earned”. This statement holds more importance in today’s economy. What many people do not realize is the added values and benevits that are gained by maintaining a preventative maintenance pest control program on the biggest investment of one’s life.

What are the benefits of a preventative maintenance program in Naperville and surrounding areas?

-“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”… especially when dealing with the insect world. By treating the source areas and breeding grounds of insects on a regular basis, excess populations are less likely to develop and infest areas of your home.

-Prevent the possibility of rodents invading your home which my result in unhealthy conditions, or damage to food and property.

-Avoid the cost to restart the program. The average cost to restart the Tri-Annual program is double what a seasonal maintenance visit is.

-Take advantage of discounted services such as Wasp Proofing or Termite monitoring.

-The Tri-Annual preventative maintenance program is guaranteed throughout the year! If there is ever a need for service between your seasonal visits let us know and we will take care of it at no charge for any covered pest.

For these reasons Chem-Wise strongly suggests that maintaining the Tri-Annual service is an investment in your home, personal safety and property.

Pest Prevention in Chicago

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It’s sad to say it, but winter is around the corner.  Anyone that had the pleasure of being in the Chicagoland area last winter is probably not looking forward to another long, cold, snowy winter.  Summer seemed to take forever to arrive and now it’s gone already.   I guess that is just how the story goes when you live in a four season state like we do.  The good news is that there are many things you can do as a homeowner that will help make living in your home this winter a little more tolerable no matter how cold it gets outside.  It’s one thing to wake up in the middle of the night cold, but it’s another to wake up cold and see a mouse scurry across your floor.  Below you will find tips that will help keep your home pest free and also might even save you money in the long run.

1.  Seal Up Entry Points.  This will not only make it tougher for pests to invade your home, but it will also prevent drafts and save you money on your gas and electric bills.  Repair any damaged screens or windows and make sure they are all properly caulked on the outside and the inside.  Apply weather stripping and/or door sweeps around all doors.  Use caulk to seal up any other holes or cracks you may have on the outside of your home.  Also, be sure to keep the garage door closed as much as possible.

2.  Clean Out Gutters.  Doing this will eliminate insects from nesting in your gutters and eventually invading your home.  It will also prevent a potential roof leak if water gets backed up on your roof from the gutters being clogged.

3.  Clean Up Yard & Relocate Firewood.  Leaves and brush should be picked up and properly disposed of (check with your local municipality for a brush/leaf pickup schedule).   Don’t forget to clean out your window wells also.  Ideally you should have window well covers installed.  Firewood and brush piles should be stored at least 2 ft away from your home.  In addition, try to avoid bringing firewood indoors until you are ready to burn it since many pests like to hang out in the wood piles.

4.  Eliminate Moisture.  Make sure you inspect your basement, crawlspace, bathrooms, kitchen, attic, and roof to be sure you do not have any water leaks or moisture content.  Not only will accumulation of water or moisture cause damage to your property it can also attract pests into your home.  To help eliminate dampness in a basement or crawlspace you can set up dehumidifiers to alleviate some of the moisture.  For any major leaks that you find, we recommend using a licensed contractor to make the necessary repairs.

5.  Remove Clutter.  Pests love cluttered conditions since there are so many places for them to hide.  Since wintertime can leave you stranded inside with nothing to do, why not go through your storage in your basement and garage and get rid of what you no longer need.  Doing this will help you be more organized and also eliminate potential hiding places for pests.

Hopefully you will find these tips useful and will enjoy a pest free winter.  If you do end up with any unwanted visitors inside your home be sure to give us a call and we will get a technician out to take care of the problem.  Stay warm and enjoy your winter!

Mouse Control in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

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Ready or not, the Fall season is now upon us! This is the time of year we look forward to planning the upcoming holiday season and spending time with our families. Unfortunately this is also the time of year we will sometimes get the unwelcome house guests as well-the house mouse! Chem-Wise provides mouse control and rat control in Berwyn, IL and the surrounding Chicagoland area.

The house mouse is generally small and slender from 2-3 1/2″ long, weighing 5/8 to 1 ounce. Mice are excellent climbers and can be found anywhere from cultivated fields to basements to upper stories in a skyscraper.

There are a few simple things that you can do to make these critters feel unwanted, and prevent them from being attracted to your home.

1. Keep leaf debris away from the perimeter of your home.

2. Keep you firewood stacked as far from the home as possible.

3. Keep your grass seed, bird seed and pet food in sealed containers so that the mice do not have a food supply.

4. Strategically place the bird feeders as far from the house as possible.

5. Make sure all potential entry points are sealed. The most common areas are where the utilities such as the A/C condenser line, gas line, water spigots and electrical lines enter the house.

6. Reduce the overall clutter in the garage to reduce the potential harborage sites.

Following the simple “cultural practices” noted above you will greatly reduce the changes of having mice overwinter in your home this cold season.

If you are having problems with mice contact your local Chem-Wise office today!

 

Boxelder Bug Control in Chicago, IL

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Battling Boxelder Bugs!

Boxelder bugs are one of the most common and widely distributed household pests in the Chicagoland area. These distinct red and black bugs are a nuisance to homeowners because they often gather in large numbers on the sides of buildings and on nearby ornamental plants and trees.

They enter homes through:

  • open doors
  • open windows
  • through cracks around sills
  • bellow siding

BIOLOGY: The favorite host for this insect is the Boxelder tree (Acer negundo) especially the female tree, which bears the seed pods. Boxelder bugs may also feed on trees in the maple family. Since these insects can migrate great distances, it is not practical to remove the trees in order to reduce their population for Boxelder bug control.

During spring Boxelder bugs can be seen emerging from hibernation sites. Females begin to lay eggs during April and May, depositing them around host trees. The development from egg to adult takes about 60 days.

In the fall, there is an increase in the number of insects on homes and structures as the Boxelder bugs look for suitable sites to overwinter. This is the ideal time to perform Boxelder bug control with exterior barrier treatments. By treating homes in late September and October the Boxelder bugs are prevented from overwintering.

Boxelder bugs overwinter in such places as:

  • basements
  • wall voids
  • crawl spaces

Although it is difficult to achieve 100% elimination of this pest, Boxelder bug control applications by Chem-Wise during October will drastically reduce the population and decrease sightings throughout the year. Contact your local office for more information or click here.

Wasp Control in Naperville, IL

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How Safe is Your Home from Wasps? Get Pest Control in Naperville, IL

Pesky wasps always set up their homes in the most inconvenient of places. The experts say that they rarely attack—only when they feel threatened. They also say that they are beneficial insects that act as a sort of natural pest control for your garden.

Most of the time, the cons outweigh the pros. When they do feel threatened, they attack with vengeance. When wasps tuck themselves into the corner of your eaves, move into your old car, or even get under your siding, it is only a matter of time before someone feels threatened and any benefit of keeping them around ends.

Wasp nests can get as big as a beach ball and contain up to 2,000 adults. Luckily in Naperville, Aurora, and St. Charles, IL, pest control is tempered by the winter. In warmer areas, wasps just keep building and multiplying.

Protect your home from wasp invasion.

  • Call us to get rid of nests.

We have the right equipment to protect us and you from stings when we begin removal. We start by killing all the wasps then we remove the nest itself.

 

  • Use safe products and techniques.

Many insecticides are hazardous. It’s best to leave it to the pros. Minimizing your exposure to both insecticides and angry wasps is our job.

 

  • Enjoy long-term wasp control.

Many treatment products and techniques simply don’t get the job done. Did you know that if even one wasp escapes treatment, it won’t be long before a new nest gets started? We guarantee that you’ll be wasp-free for 90 days.

 

  • Get into our maintenance program for a wasp-free life.

You can get even better results if you treat for wasps regularly. Our Tri-Annual barrier treatments bring us to your home three times a year. We guarantee that you’ll be wasp-free for a year.

Call us at 630.236.1600 for a free pest control evaluation in Aurora, IL or anywhere in the greater Chicagoland area.

Bed Bug Control in Chicago, IL

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Once a thing of the past, bed bug control has now become a common topic among residents of Naperville, Arlington Heights, Wheaton, Aurora, Rolling Meadows, and the entire Chicagoland area.

Recently bed bugs have been found in:

  • Homes
  • Hotels
  • Apartment buildings
  • College dorm rooms
  • and more

Although it is not really possible to avoid contact with bed bugs there are ways to try to avoid infestation. If you purchase items from a second hand store make sure you thoroughly inspect them before bringing it into your vehicle or home. When traveling, be vigilant and keep an eye out for indication of bed bugs. Always inspect your hotel room before bringing your belongings into the room, double check the bed skirt and underneath the box spring for any residue. Do not be afraid to ask for a room change if you suspect a bed bug infestation. You’ll be glad you did.

Signs of a bed bug infestation:

  • Mosquito-like bites
  • Possible blood spots on your linens/sheets where you sleep
  • Small blood spots or molted skin on seams if the mattress or box spring
  • Fecal marks in the cracks and crevices of the head board or on a mattress and box spring

The difference between a mosquito bite and a bed bug bite is that a bed bug bite will typically appear in a line where your bare skin contacts the mattress.

If you do feel that you may have a bed bug infestation, Chem-Wise offers bed bug control services and inspections at a discounted rate to our Tri-Annual customers. Contact your local office for more information or click here.

Bug Blog: Spider Control

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House Spiders

A common pest encountered throughout the year is the house spider (Achaeranea tepidariorum). House spiders are usually pale yellow, tan, or gray. They are ½ inch or less in length, are not hairy, and spin webs indoors. Webs are frequently abandoned in sites that do not yield prey and new webs are constructed. In fact, house spiders are often referred to as cobweb spiders because of the high number of empty webs that they leave behind.

Although there are thousands of different species of spiders, there are only 2 in North America that are dangerous to humans: the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. Fortunately, neither of these is very common in the Chicagoland area.

You may see the following in and around your home.

  • jumping spiders
  • crab spiders
  • wolf spiders

All spiders are capable of inflicting painful bites and some people may have bad reactions.

Female house spiders produce approximately 250 eggs at a time which are placed in a silken sac in the center of the web. Under good conditions, depending on temperature and humidity, several egg sacs may be present in the web at the same time. The eggs will hatch in 7 to 10 days and the spiderlings will migrate to their new locations. They can live for 3 weeks or more without food or water. Consequently, the survival rate of the house spiders is fairly high. Spiders are actually beneficial to our environment. They are predators of most live insects and help to control mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and aphids. This plays an important role in spider control. By reducing the food source, we can reduce the number of spiders.

Since house spiders usually construct their webs in open areas of buildings, the easiest way to manage infestations is by non-chemical methods of spider pest control:

  • Regularly sweeping down webs and egg sacs
  • Caulking cracks around windows and door frames
  • Make sure window screens are properly fitted

In addition, exterior lights attract insects which will attract spiders to feed. You may want to consider replacing mercury vapor lights with sodium vapor lights, which are less attractive to insects. In any case, regular exterior perimeter treatments of spider control can drastically reduce spider infestations. Contact your local office for more information or click here.

Bug Blog: Springtime Pests

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There are two pests that Chem-Wise focuses on while performing  our Spring Tri-Annual barrier treatment. Although you may experience a variety of pests; ants and spiders are the most prevalent in the spring. Pavement ants, Crazy ants, and Carpenter ants are the primary ant species that we will encounter in the Chicagoland area. The key factor in the ant surge in the spring is due to the colonies coming out of dormancy and seeking food and water. On the inside of your home the preferred method of treatment would be to inject a bait gel into the cracks and crevices in the areas that you are seeing the ant activity. This material is very low in toxicity and a very small amount of the bait is used. It is completely odorless and colorless.

Another common pest of the spring months is the spider. Although spiders are considered to be beneficial, in some circumstances they are considered to be pests. There are too many species of spiders in the Midwest that become nuisances to name them all, but the good news is that typically there are no “poisonous” species in Chicago and it’s suburbs. The key to controlling spiders is to control their food source, which happens to be insects. The best way to do so is to have a general preventative maintenance pest control program such as our Tri-Annual service program. The interior treatment for spiders will consist of a general treatment of any unfinished portions of your basement or crawlspace and the interior of the attached garage as these are the most common sources for spider activity. The exterior of your home will also be treated to create a barrier and prevent spiders and insects form from entering your home.

As you can see, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!