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Are Moths Good Pollinators or Bad Household Pests?

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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.

What Should I Know About Carpenter Ants?

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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.

What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Wasps?

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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.

What Should You Know About Spring-Swarming Termites?

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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.

How Can You Pest-Proof Your Pantry?

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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.

3 Home Features That Attract Overwintering Insects

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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.

What Are The 4 Things Every Chicago Landlord Should Know About Bed Bugs?

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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.

Can Cockroaches Cause Allergies? Prevention, Identification and Elimination

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Cockroaches are among the most common types of pests found in American homes. In addition to carrying many different types of bacteria and several types of parasitic worms, cockroaches also trigger allergic reactions in people with asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Learn the symptoms associated with cockroach allergies, why cockroaches trigger an allergic reaction in some people, and how to prevent and eliminate an infestation.


Is a Spider in Your Home? Important Spider Information You Should Know

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What Kinds of Spiders are Found in Homes?

Of the 500 types of spiders you find in Illinois, only a handful enter homes to become pests. Most of the state’s spiders prefer to spend their lives in natural habitats including forests and fields. A few spiders in Illinois like to hang out around the outsides of homes and buildings.

Most of the spiders you find in your home are harmless. However, a few kinds of indoor spiders exist that sometimes bite humans. Here are some more facts about spiders in Chicago.

Simple Tips to Keep Pests Out of the Office

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How do I get rid of pests in my office?

Nuisance pests, including rodents, insects, and other small animals, can disrupt your workers’ productivity and create an unsanitary environment. Creating a pest management protocol for your office is the best way to control the destruction that rodents and insects can cause.

This will take a team effort, including the help of the staff and a pest control expert, to both get rid of existing pests and prevent new ones from making themselves at home.