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!

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