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Have you noticed an increase in insect activity in your home or business?  If so, you may be facing an insect infestation.  ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources, and expertise to provide high quality insect control in your home or business.  Based in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, we partner with commercial and residential clients across Northern Illinois to solve their invasive insect problems.  Call us today at (847) 870-7175.

Ladybugs

LadybugLadybugs are most often distinguished by their domed, polka-dotted bodies. Though they are popularly associated with being red, they can also range in color from orange to yellow, and even brown or black. Most species are considered beneficial, because they aid in garden pest control by consuming crop-feeding insects like aphids and mites, though they can become a nuisance themselves if many of them are assembling in one area or if they migrate into your home or business. Ladybugs prefer a warm atmosphere, which causes them to congregate on the south and west exterior walls of buildings to gain as much sunlight exposure as possible. When the temperature cools in the fall, they will enter structures through cracks and crevices to seek a place to overwinter. Once inside, they favor areas like wall voids, attics, and the upper corners of windowsills. While ladybugs pose no real structural or health threats, a cluster can stain white walls as well as give off an unpleasant odor, and they have a painful bite if provoked. If you are experiencing a ladybug infestation, contact the experts at ABC Wildlife to help you handle your problem as well as offer solutions to avoid future invasion.

Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder BugsBoxelder bugs are primarily tree-dwelling insects, though it is not uncommon to find them inside of structures. They have a flat, oblong exoskeleton that is black with red, lined markings and are about half an inch in length. Boxelder bugs cause no real threat to vegetation, feeding primarily on seeds, though population control can be a problem since they have few natural enemies and can protect themselves from predators by releasing a foul-tasting substance. Boxelder bugs favor warm temperatures and are found en masse in areas where sunlight is ample, especially southern and western-facing walls of structures. They prefer to spend the winter months harbored inside the bark of trees, but following their instinct to seek out a safe, warm space, they often make their way into homes and buildings. Inside, boxelder bugs will group in wall voids, attics, high corners of walls and ceilings, and above windowsills. They don’t bite or carry any diseases, though in large numbers, they can stain drywall with their excrement as well as release a pungent smell. If boxelder bugs are migrating into your home or business, call the pest control specialists at ABC Wildlife for the very best in nuisance insect removal.

Centipedes

CentipedeDue to their size, speed, and threatening appearance, centipedes are one of the more alarming pest insects common to Northern Illinois. Centipedes have a many-legged, caterpillar-like body and can grow to be as long as 6 inches. A centipede’s legs may be very long and thin, giving it the appearance of being almost furry. Equipped with venomous pincers, it is a fast-moving predator that feeds on pest insects like bedbugs, cockroaches, ants, and termites. Centipedes are attracted to areas of high moisture like beneath mulch beds, stones, rotting logs, and piles of leaves or grass clippings. They are typically drawn inside due to a lack of food or water sources. If exterior conditions become very dry, centipedes will search for a moist indoor area to harbor. They are most often found in cellars, under sinks and toilets, shower pipes or water lines leading into structures, and in wall cavities. While centipedes aren’t a serious structural or human health concern, they are capable of inflicting a very painful bite if provoked, so avoid touching them if possible. If you have spotted a centipede in your home or business and suspect there may be others living in the structure, contact a licensed pest management expert at ABC Wildlife. Our technicians are trained to know the best method for insect removal and have the experience to help you prevent pest harborage.

Millipedes

MillepedeBecause they also feature worm-like bodies with many legs, millipedes are often confused for centipedes. Though they resemble one another and have similar habitat preferences, these insects are actually quite different. Millipedes tend to be smaller in size, ranging from 1/16 of an inch to 4 inches. They are detritivores, meaning they subsist on a diet of decomposing organic matter like decaying leaves, wood, or dead worms and snails. Because millipedes don’t prey on other insects, they don’t require the same speed or agility as a hunting species and move fairly slowly. They live under rotting leaf piles, mulch, rocks, or trash where there are plenty of food sources. Like many moisture-seeking insects, millipedes may enter a home during dry parts of the season or if there isn’t a viable source of nourishment. They tend to gravitate towards water pipes, sinks, toilets, garages, and basements. Millipedes are perfectly safe creatures that are beneficial to the environment, but they can be startling in great numbers. If you’ve encountered a large quantity of millipedes on your property, don’t hesitate to call the insect pest control professionals at ABC Wildlife. Our team has years of experience handling nuisance insect species and can be trusted to provide you with superior pest removal service.

Crickets

cricketKnown for the high-pitched chirping sound they create by rubbing their wings together, crickets are one of the most common insects to Northern Illinois. Their bodies are commonly shades of light brown or black and feature antennae as well as long, bent hind legs. Crickets are both nocturnal and omnivorous, consuming rotting vegetation, fungus, and weakened or dead members of their own species. They favor cool environments that are rich in moisture and can be found outdoors beneath rocks and logs as well as in fields. Crickets may seek shelter inside of a home or building due to extreme weather. An abundance of rain increases their risk of drowning, and exceedingly dry conditions cannot provide them enough hydration. Because crickets are a larger insect, they require a larger opening to enter a house, and their ingress points are typically beneath doors or gaps of similar size at the base of a structure. Once inside, they seek out the damp conditions they prefer, usually in basements. Crickets aren’t detrimental to human health, nor are they known to cause structural damage, but they can be noisy enough to disturb sleep. If you spot crickets in your home or business or are being plagued by their chirping, call ABC Wildlife. Our experienced technicians have the skills necessary to provide an effective and efficient solution to your insect problem as well as suggest methods to reduce the likelihood of future infestation.

Earwigs

EarwigArmed with prominent abdominal pincers designed to help them hunt for food and defend themselves from predators, earwigs are very easy to identify. Their flat, segmented bodies can be anywhere from a quarter of an inch to an inch long and are reddish brown or black in color. The common earwig is an omnivorous scavenger, eating a variety of plant and dead animal matter, but will also prey upon insects like plant lice. While they do hunt other bugs, it is a myth that they pose a danger to humans. Though an earwig’s pincers look intimidating, it does not use them to bite, nor does it have a habit of climbing into people’s ears while they sleep. Earwigs prefer damp locations like under logs, rocks, and mulch. On the exterior of a structure, they may cluster near the base of the foundation where moisture accumulates or near hose faucets. Excessive cold or dry weather might drive earwigs to search for shelter inside, entering buildings via low access points like under doors, through utility lines, and beneath garage doors. They will then pursue areas of ample hydration such as cellars and crawl spaces. While earwigs are harmless, they are unpleasant to look at, and encountering a large number of them on your property can be alarming. Trust the capable, qualified pest control professionals at ABC Wildlife to know the most up to date techniques for ridding your home or business of nuisance insects.

Clover Mites

Clover MiteFrequently mistaken for small spiders or ants, clover mites are extremely tiny arachnids that feed on a large variety of flowers and grasses and like to dwell in areas of high vegetation. They are bright red or reddish-brown and less than a millimeter in length. Clover mites cause no known damage in their natural habitat, but they can create vexing situations for property owners when they choose to harbor inside. Each fall, clover mites undertake a mass migration when they are preparing for the winter months. Many homes and businesses are subjected to masses of clover mites seeking refuge from the cold, most often in wall voids. These insects aren’t dangerous, but avoid touching them as crushing their bodies can stain walls red. If you are experiencing a great deal of clover mite activity in your living space or place of work, the qualified nuisance insect specialists at ABC Wildlife will be able to assist you in removing the offending pests and equip you with the knowhow to stop future incidents.

Clover mite image courtesy of zinger via creative commons license on Flickr.

Pillbugs

PillbugsOften called “roly poly bugs” because of their ability to roll into a defensive ball against predators, pillbugs inhabit wet areas where there is plenty of decaying organic material to feed on. No larger than 5/8 of an inch, they are one of the only crustaceans that has evolved to live on land, and their segmented, armor-like outer shell resembles that of a lobster. Pillbugs may be compelled to enter a structure to escape severe cold or rain, accessing damp garages and basements, though they will not be able to survive long once inside, and aren’t usually considered an indoor pest. Pillbugs are a valuable asset to gardens, aiding in the production of phosphate-rich soil, but they can become a nuisance if their population is abundant. Pillbugs can be found in large numbers in mulch beds, high grasses, wood piles, and on the sides of structures. If you notice a great deal of insect activity in these areas on your property, contact ABC Wildlife to speak with one of our knowledgeable pest control technicians. All of our insect specialists are proficient in pest management and will know how to best approach your particular situation.

Springtails

SpringtailSpringtails are named for the forked, tail-like appendage that allows them to spring up when threatened. Because they are somewhat similar in size and appearance, homeowners often misidentify springtails as ants. Unlike ants, a springtail is usually gray or white, has an elongated body that is not tapered at the waist, and is incapable of flight. These insects become dehydrated quickly and require almost constant moisture, so they harbor in damp areas where they can feed on decaying plant matter, fungi, and pollen. In situations where outside conditions are unusually dry, springtails may invade a structure seeking a water source. Because indoor climates are nearly always too arid for them, they usually expire fairly quickly once inside. But when they do harbor in homes and buildings, it is typically near bathtubs, sinks, and hot water heaters. On the exterior of buildings, springtails will gather in masses near the base of the foundation where moisture has accumulated. They aren’t in any way dangerous or structurally detrimental, but they are highly prolific, and dealing with an infestation can be very distressing. If springtails are infiltrating your home or swarming on the outside of your property, contact ABC Wildlife to schedule an appointment with one of our insect management experts. Our technicians are trained and licensed to identify your pest problem, construct a comprehensive plan to eliminate the insect, and safeguard against potential future breaches.

Contact a Pest Insect Expert

If you are experiencing a insect infestation problem, contact a pest control specialist by calling (847) 870-7175.  ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. has over 40 years of experience helping the homeowners, businesses, property managers, and municipalities of Northern Illinois solve their nuisance wildlife and insect control problems.  Our helpful, knowledgeable staff is trained in pest management and will be able to accurately identify the species of insect inhabiting your property as well as assist you in creating a species specific plan to remove the insects from your home and prevent future invasion.

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ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. is a pest insect and nuisance wildlife control provider based in Arlington Heights, IL.  For more than three decades, we have served the members of Chicagoland’s commercial and residential community by resolving their invasive insect and animal issues.  Below is a list of areas in which we have assisted home and business owners.  This list is not exhaustive.  If you are facing a wildlife or pest situation and are located in Northern Illinois, please contact us today by calling (847) 870-7175.

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I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
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We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
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One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
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