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How Do the Seasons Affect Pest Movements?

No matter the time of year, different kinds of pests are always present in the Midwest. However, a change in weather patterns has a major impact on the overall activity of pests and the risks they may pose to you and your home. Read about the behaviors you can expect to see in pests during each season of the year. Spring Spring is prime time for many insects. Warmer weather allows dormant pests to awaken, pollen brings bees and an abundance of rain may cause certain insects to seek food and shelter in our homes. Termites, in particular, are attracted to moisture and will happily build a nest in unwanted places after consistent rain.  In addition to the emergence of pests, springtime also means mating season. Pests will actively begin to seek a mate and reproduce, often rapidly. Although much of this reproduction occurs outdoors, some pests might seek to use......
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Top 5 Reasons to Get a Yearly Pest Inspection

Pest control ranks high on the list of priorities for homeowners, as unchecked infestations carry serious consequences. Experts find that homeowners should conduct annual pest inspections at least once every 12 months. Some say every six months and some say even more frequently than that! If you’ve been putting it off or just haven’t thought about it at all, here are our top five reasons to get a yearly pest inspection. 1. Protecting Your Investment Your home is often your greatest investment. It provides financial leverage and can build value as you maintain it. An infestation of pests can quickly ruin that investment. Whether you’re trying to sell your home or ensure that you can enjoy it for years to come, keeping the foundation clear of harmful pests is essential. Carpenter ants and termites can especially cause serious damage by boring into structural wood and destroying your home from the inside out. ......
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Identifying A Fire Ant Mound

Fire ants are appropriately named, as their stings can feel like you are being burned. Unfortunately, these pests can be found creating nests in your yard without your knowledge, causing potential harm to you and your family. The best way to know that you have a fire ant infestation is to find their nests. Keep reading to learn how to identify a fire ant mound. Flat or Dome-Shaped Mounds If a mound is visible above ground, it will usually stand only at a few inches tall. But, they can be built up to about two feet high in rare cases. Even though the mounds are made of soil, the way fire ants build their mounds makes it appear like they are created out of the sand. These mounds will be either flat or in the shape of a dome. But don’t be surprised if you can’t see a fire ant mound dur......
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Common Pests Found in Commercial Properties

Whether you own or manage an office space, restaurant, apartment building, or a healthcare facility, you know that the upkeep is extremely important. You are depended upon to keep the property safe and up to code. Unfortunately, with many shared spaces and common areas, it can be difficult to keep up with everything- pest control in particular. If pests are discovered, it can cause many issues for you and your employees/tenants/clients. Here are some common pests to look out for on commercial properties. Rodents Mice and rats are common in private homes, as well as commercial properties. As it is easy for these critters to squeeze into tight spaces, it is likely that you will find rodents in your building at one time or another. This is why it is important to frequently inspect your property. Look for holes, gaps, or damaged areas as these are easy ways for rodents to......
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5 Most Common House Spiders

The Midwest is known for many things, including many unsavory rodents and pests. Spiders can be incredibly scary, especially if you’re caught off guard by them, but they have a purpose in the overall ecosystem. Let’s talk about the 5 most common house spiders in the Midwest and what that means for you. Most Common House Spiders Depending on where you are located geographically, the most common house spiders may differ. The professionals at Midwestern Termite and Pest Control have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to ensure you and your loved ones are safe and secure. According to spiderid.com, the top five most common house spiders are as follows: wolf spider, brown recluse, common and giant house spider, hobo and widow house spiders. What’s even more important to know when seeing a house spider is whether or not it is venomous. As a general rule of thumb: if you see a spide......
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