Of all the stinging insects, yellow jackets are among the most feared. Even the name gives many people a sense of dread, as these insects are known to be aggressive and invasive. However, while most homeowners do know yellow jackets by name, there is a lot more to know about these stinging, nest-building insects. The following information will help you act more confidently when you encounter them.
As a homeowner, you likely know that preparation is key when the threat of pests presents itself. Not only can pests impact everyday living, but certain insects and creatures cause damage to wiring and structural parts of the house. Knowing when to expect certain pests in the home helps you prepare for and prevent damage before the critters have already invaded.
Fleas are tiny jumping insects that bite dogs, cats, and people. A flea infestation on a pet, in a yard, or inside a residence can quickly grow out of control as fleas reproduce rapidly. Here are some important tips to keep fleas away this summer.
Wildlife conservation experts encourage residents in Illinois to tolerate good bugs including some species of moths. However, a few species of moths are considered nuisance pests, because the moths enter structures and cause damage to property. Here’s how to tell the difference between a good moth and a bad moth.
Carpenter ants are hard to miss when they’re on your property or in your home. Busy carpenter ants are usually black and measure anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. Carpenter ants are the largest U.S. pest ants. Here’s a short guide to carpenter ants and how to manage a carpenter-ant infestation.
The arrival of spring means beautiful flowers, warmer days, and the return of many pests. Wasps are amongst the most feared pest in most homeowner’s backyards, which is why you keep an eye out for the telltale beehives hanging from trees, eaves, and overhangs. Unfortunately, the wasps invading your backyard might be collecting under your feet.
Ground wasps are a common pest and learning how to identify them and their hives can help you find the best way to get rid of them. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about ground wasps.
Termites are destructive pests that feed on expensive materials including structural wood, swimming pool liners, books, and insulation. Winged termites swarm in spring as they seek new sites to colonize. If you’re concerned about these pests infesting your property, here are five facts you should know about spring-swarming termites.
Pantry pests are beetles, moths, and other insects that infest stored foods. Pantry pests invade food stored in granaries, food-service establishments, and private homes. Here are some facts about identifying, preventing, and treating pantry-pest invasions.
Stink bugs, lady beetles, box elder bugs, and other insects invade homes in autumn and winter and often become nuisance pests. Is your property is attracting the insects and beckoning the bugs inside? Here are three home features that overwintering bugs find irresistible.
City, state, and federal laws regulate pest control practices in the Chicago region. If you own rental properties affected by pest control rules, you’re subject to penalties, fines, or even the shut-down of your rental property when you don’t comply with those laws.
Understand your responsibilities as a landlord by researching the specific laws for rental property. Here are four laws concerning pest control that every Chicago landlord should know.