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!