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Termites Termites in particular, subterranean termites are the most damaging insects of wood and can cause significant property damage. Their presence can be very difficult to detect in advance and typically their destructive damage is done before they are seen. What are Termites? They are small, ant-like insects that differ from ants in that they feed off of wood. Termites are social insects that live in colonies underground in the soil and where their labor is divided among a caste system. Soldier – These termites protect the colony and comprise of only 1 – 3% of the colony population. Workers – These termites cause the most damage by eating wood and building tunnels. Workers also maintain the colony by building ...

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It seems that as we move into summer, the tick population is growing. With the population growing, the risk of contracting a tick-carried disease increases. There are many different types of ticks. Some may carry certain diseases and some may carry nothing. Knowing the types of ticks, how to remove a tick, and what to do if you have any suspicions are key factors in protecting yourself and your pets from their blood sucking bite. Types of Ticks One of the most common types of ticks throughout Illinois includes the Black-legged Tick, also known as the Deer tick. Deer ticks like to lurk in knee-high brush and shrubbery. The female deer tick prefers to attack larger hosts, like deer, but ...

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They attack without notice, move in army formation from one host to the next, and damage plants very quickly. Armyworms are insects that exist every year, but occasionally cause a devastating infestation. What are Armyworms? The Fall Armyworm is a caterpillar that is roughly 1.5-2 inches long. The armyworm travels in an army and will move from one food source, deplete it, then move onto another. This caterpillar is usually a grey, dull green, or dull yellow color and has stripes the length of its body. The armyworm is native to eastern and central North America, as well as South America and is unable to survive freezing winters. The armyworm moth will migrate to Illinois in April or May to ...

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Having an outdoor party or get together? Want to keep uninvited pests away? Are citronella candles and repelling torches not working? Tired of spraying filmy and odor ridden bug sprays on yourself and your family that do not work? Tired of your outdoor events being ruined because of insects? Keeping pest away from outdoor parties is easy with Mosquito Control. What is Mosquito Control? Mosquito control is a broad spectrum insecticide application that will keep pests away. This application is conducted as a onetime spray before the big event. This particular application will typically last for one week, but depending on weather conditions could last a full month. The outdoor party pest control is different from the other pest control ...

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Mosquitoes by Angela Fosnock They go unnoticed until the damage is done and the itching begins. Mosquitoes are one of the most complained about insects and rightly so due to the diseases they cause. What are Mosquitoes? Throughout the world, over 3500 different species of mosquitoes have been discovered and each has their own qualities. Some mosquitoes are blood suckers while others are not. Some mosquitoes bite indoors while others prefer to bite in wooded areas. A mosquito has different ways to find its prey through heat, visual, or chemical sensors. Many thrive with nectar and plant juices but the female needs blood to produce eggs. The Damage Caused Besides the painful itch left behind after being targeted by mosquitoes, ...

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Every year pests become a problem as they try to enter homes across the area. Ants, spiders, and more are trying to stay out of the cold winters, out of the spring rains, and are in search of water during drought conditions. Pest control around homes can keep over 180 different species of insects away from the perimeter of a home. At The Pest Guys we offer this service with our Perimeter Pest Control applications. What is Perimeter Pest Control? Perimeter pest control is an insecticide application that is sprayed around the perimeter outside of the home. This application acts as a barrier that not only kills any pests present while spraying, but also repels insects from traveling within the ...

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Every year, many dogs, cats and other household pets will have problems with fleas and ticks and many barbecues are ruined by ants and other insects. Pest control in lawns is achievable with our Nuisance Pest Control insecticide application which will keep these nuisances at bay and allow for a more enjoyable use of your lawn. What is Nuisance Pest Control? Nuisance pest control is an insecticide application that is used to kill pests that are present at the time of treatment but also to repel insects from venturing into the lawn. A nuisance pest control application can treat for and repel up 180 different species of lawn insects including ants, spiders, roaches, fleas and ticks. While this application is not ...

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Anyone who has ever dealt with moles knows what a nuisance they can be. They run just below the surface and create tunnels that tear up the grass while they search for food. What is a mole? A mole is a small, mouse-like animal that has curved claws that are used to burrow underground. Mole primarily feed on earthworms and their saliva contains a poison that paralyzes the worm so that they can eat now and store for later. Moles mate in early spring and will give birth to a litter of 2-6 mole pups. A mole will typically live for 4 years and mate once each year. Moles will travel from area to area in search of food. There ...

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Field mice, meadow mice, or voles are all the same. With similar habits of moles, gophers, mice, and shrews, voles are often mistaken for their true identities. Like gophers, moles, or ground squirrels, voles tunnel throughout the ground and create multiple exit holes. What is a Vole? A vole is a small rodent that closely resembles a mouse but has a shorter tail and a rounder body. There are about 150 different species of voles. Voles repopulate very quickly, up to 10 times each year containing 5-10 young per litter. A vole will typically not live longer than twelve months, with some species only living for 3-6 months. The Damage Caused Voles enjoy eating small plants, fruits, and nuts but ...

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If there are patches of dead lawn or areas of turf that will pull up easily, it is likely that grubs have jeopardized the root system. Grub damage is one of the top causes of lawn damage and will typically go unnoticed until the damage is done. Life Cycle of Grubs White grubs are the larva of beetles and emerge from the ground in early June and go back into the ground in August. When they return to the ground they begin eating on the root system of the turf. Unfortunately, the better kept the lawn the more enticing it is to grubs. The Damage Caused When the root system has been eaten by grubs, the turf dies because it ...

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