Zika & Pest Control

What is Zika? The Zika virus is a disease that is most commonly spread through bite of infected Aedes mosquitos. The Aedes mosquito has notable white markings on its legs and originates from Africa. However, it has spread and is found in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America. The Aedes mosquito is known [...]

Summer Pest: Deer Ticks

Summer is arriving and soon, ticks will be active. Ticks are active mid May through August, though they can be active any time the temperature is above freezing. They live in heavily wooded environments, especially the east coast. However, they are found in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Deer ticks, or blacklegged ticks, are parasites that [...]

West Nile Virus Confirmed

For the fourth time this year in the Chicago Suburbs, a batch of mosquitoes has tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Skokie, IL on July 7th, 2015. The first confirmed positive test in Northern Illinois occurred on May 21st in Oak Lawn. There was also a positive test result in O'Fallon, IL as [...]

Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention of the Chikungunya Virus

By now, most Americans know to be cautious of mosquitoes because they can carry the West Nile Virus, but another viral infection carried by mosquitoes, Chikungunya, is now being reported in the United States.  Chikungunya originated in southeast Africa and has established itself in sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and islands in the [...]

Asthma and Allergies Could be Triggered by Pests

The cold winter weather will soon be settling in the Chicago area, causing people to be spending more time within their homes.  People who have asthma or allergies suffer the most from the symptoms this time of year and higher exposure to indoor allergens will only make the symptoms worse.  While certain allergens such as [...]