Have you been surprised by a small house mouse darting away from your feet in the middle of the night? Do you hear scurrying and chewing sounds in your walls or attic in the early morning hours? Have you noticed mouse or rat droppings near food and water sources in your kitchen? view article »
For some homeowners, the thought of seeing just one house centipede squirming around their bathtub or toilet bowl is enough to send them into a panic. Once the shock wears off, you'll start to wonder why you have so many house centipedes in the first place. view article »
Winter means spending a lot of times indoors sipping hot chocolate and snuggling under comfortable blankets. The colder weather is also a welcome respite for several varieties of insects. Many of these survive the frigid temperatures by seeking shelter inside warm structures, including your home. view article »
When the weather turns chilly, people spend more time indoors where it's cozy. Insects in Illinois have the same urges to seek the comfort of heated structures during colder months. Here are three insects that become annoying home invaders when autumn arrives. view article »
Ants are infuriating. You get rid of infestations every day, but they keep finding new ways into your kitchen. You look down at the floor and see a long chain of insects robbing the dog's food bowl or joining their colony mates around a dropped piece of candy. view article »
Do you care for a household member who's temporarily bedridden or a loved one with permanent disabilities? Watch out for potential pest problems during spring and summer. Here are four tips to reduce the risk of patient exposure to pests. view article »
Most homeowners know to watch out for signs of German cockroaches, bedbugs, and ants. While these pests are common, they are not the only bugs that can take up residence in your home. The more you know about pests, the better prepared you will be to fight them. Here are six lesser-known house pests that you may want to watch out for. view article »
Whether you associate bed bugs with children's nursery rhymes or with poorly maintained motels, you know that an infestation can mean property damage, skin irritation, and restless sleep. However, because bed bugs are rarely visible during daylight hours, many homeowners struggle to identify this type of pest problem. view article »
Normally, when you have trouble with a pest like mice, termites, or ants, you can call a pest control company to come and take care of the problem with traps and insecticides. However, bats take the challenge of pest removal to a new level. Bats are a protected species in Illinois. It's illegal to kill or harm bats, even if they are threatening your home.
If you discover bats roosting in your house, then you might feel like your hands are tied. Fortunately, pest control companies can still help you get rid of bats without endangering or hurting the bats. Here's what every homeowner needs to know about bat behavior and how a bat problem can be managed. view article »
Winter is approaching, and this is the time of year when mice seek refuge indoors after a hot summer with warm outdoor spaces to sleep. However, most homeowners know that one mouse can multiply quickly, and it's best to get a handle on a mouse problem before it becomes a mice infestation. view article »
Nobody enjoys finding cockroaches, ants or termites in their home. If you do find these pests inside your residence, you have to worry about contamination and structural damage, and you also have to take the time to hire an exterminator.
Rather than face off against invading pests, why not be proactive about pest control? Here are seven steps almost every homeowner can take to make their home less appealing to insects — from termites to field crickets. view article »
The life of a farmer can be a richly rewarding one. After all, without the tireless work of livestock and crop farmers, the U.S. food supply would come to a screeching halt.
However, many farmers can find themselves feeling as though they're in a constant battle against nature. From spring floods and frosts to summer tornadoes, droughts and heat waves, making it through an entire planting season without losing a substantial portion of your crop to weather-related events can seem like a rousing success. view article »