Bug ID experts
One of the most important steps to controlling an insect problem is proper identification. Here at Pest Control Solutions, our technicians are professionals at knowing exactly what bug they are dealing with. Curious about a bug in your home? Send us a photo! We will be happy to tell you more with no obligation.
Although there are nearly 700 species of ant in the United States, only about a dozen or so are common household pests, and we know them well.
Did you know?
Ants march in a straight line because they are following a pheromone trail, which may have been left by a scout who found something tasty in your home. Some online remedies like spraying windex or bleach solutions will erase this chemical trail the ants are following, confusing them. This will not eliminate the colony, though. For that, call our expert team.
Some ants have a smell. If you are feeling brave the next time you find an ant, crush it between your fingers and give it a smell. Does it smell like citronella candles, or harsh chemicals? Congratulations, you are one step closer to identifying citronella or odorous house ants.
Certain species of ant have one queen in the colony, and some species have many. Spraying ants without the proper training and knowledge can cause many of the queens to move to other areas, turning one big colony into many smaller ones.
Bees and Wasps
Although they are hard to tell apart due to the yellow and black color pattern, bees and wasps are very different from each other. Bees are more often than not our friends. Here at Pest Control Solutions by Skeeter Beater, we protect honey bees whenever possible. Bees will have fur, where wasps and hornets will not. Communal wasps, meaning they have a colony, are usually the offenders when it comes to stings. Believe it or not many of the scariest looking wasps out there have no colony, and have no interest in stinging anybody, such as the massive Cicada Killer.
They say that you are never more than 3 feet from a spider. The old myth also says you will eat 8 spiders in your sleep in a lifetime. While we don’t believe all of that here at Pest Control Solutions, we do know that no home is ever free from spiders.
Our region is known for its many lakes, such as the Fox Chain, and anybody who knows spiders knows they can’t resist being near water. The lure of water-borne flying insects is just too irresistible of a food source. Our technicians learned how to control spiders in some of the most densely spider-prone areas in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. We bring that expertise straight to your home, no matter where it is.
Stink bugs! Where did they come from?
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug may feel like a new bug because it is. Native to Asia, they stowed away in shipping containers before landing on the East coast of the United States around the year 2000. From then on, they have spread across nearly the entire country. They hide in homes to shelter from bad weather, just like the invasive Asian lady beetle or the native boxelder bug. When you see these bugs on your house in the fall, call us! Once they crawl in the home for the winter, they are troublesome to get out.
The most common roach to infest homes is the German cockroach. They are one of the few insects in the world that have forgotten how to live outside. If German roaches are in your home, you or somebody else probably carried them in. They can stow away in boxes, in clothing, and in bags. Roaches have a reputation as being hard to kill, which simply is not true. They are very fragile creatures, but a single German roach egg case can have 50 individual eggs in it! You can imagine how quickly that gets out of control when those 50 start laying their own egg cases as well. Roaches need to be controlled as soon as possible before they breed out of control. Got roaches? Don’t worry about who to blame for it! Call us and we will make the problem disappear.
Most insects that live outside are happy to be out in the dirt, and only invade the house on accident. Not true with the silverfish. Our houses can have several different conditions that silverfish will infest permanently. Silverfish love homes with cedar siding or shingles. Sometimes dozens will fall out from behind cedar siding when we treat a home! Silverfish will also eat paper. Anybody who stores cardboard boxes with newspaper in them in their attic or basement is asking for trouble. Our trained specialists will get to the bottom of any silverfish problem.
At Pest Control Solutions by Skeeter Beater, we eliminate these pests and many more!
How you can protect yourself from pests
As much as we hate to admit it, many pest problems could have been prevented by a homeowner taking the proper steps. Some of the techniques to prevent insects around your home are easier than you think.
- Turn up mulch. Mulch that is several years old will form a solid pancake, and create an easy material for ants to nest in or other insects to nest under.
- Move firewood away from the foundation. Any wood piles near a home create ideal nesting places for insects and rodents.
- Keep the house clean. Good sanitation can prevent flies and ants, and make life much harder for insects like roaches. As our customers with children will tell you this is easier said than done, but even a little bit can go a long way.
- Cut tree branches and vines away from the house. Tree branches can provide a bridge for pests to invade upper floors of a house, and they can allow them to get around our treatment. Vines do the same, and may also invade cracks in the house, widening them as the plant grows larger.
- Repair water damaged wood. Wood softened by water is one of an ants favorite things. Most insects like moist areas, and wet wood fits the bill.