Carpenter Ants

If you have damp, rotting wood in or around your house, you may be attracting carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are very common in northern Illinois. They seek out wood to chew to make tunnels for nesting. They don’t eat the wood, but chew through it, causing destruction. Common areas are floor or wall joists with […]


Did you know that termites date back more than 120 million years?  The most commonly found termites in Northern Illinois are subterranean termites, who build nests underground around areas with good food sources; that is, moist wood. Unlike carpenter ants who create tunnels in wood but eat other things, termites feed on wood. They can […]

Bed Bugs, Bat Bugs, & Bird Bugs.

All three of these nasty creatures are of the same family. In homes and businesses, bed bugs are the most common. You may have bat or bird bugs if a bat or bird has been in your home. In any case, you will need an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to successfully eliminate them from […]


Different types of bees require different treatments. Start with an inspection to determine which type of bee is present: Carpenter bees: Unlike bumblebees, these do not have yellow hairs on their abdomen. That’s one way to determine if you have carpenter bees. The other way is to see where they’re hanging out. Yes, they do […]


Common types of wasps in our area include mud daubers, yellow jackets, hornets, cicada killers, great black, digger and paper wasps. Wasps are social insects who build nests resembling paper where they live in colonies.  Paper Wasps Paper wasps are common around houses and other structures. There nest is a single comb of hexagonal cells […]


Cockroaches are more than nuisances, although they are really a nuisance! They spread disease that can cause food poisoning and asthma. As licensed pest control professionals, we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles to locate, eliminate and prevent further infestations.  The most common cockroach in Northern Illinois is the German cockroach. Frequently found in kitchens, […]


The Illinois Department of Public Health tells us that “House mice are gray or brown rodents with relatively large ears and small eyes. An adult weighs about 1/2 ounce and is about 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long, including the 3 to 4 inch tail. In a single year, a female may have five […]