Giant Asian Hornets

by Barbara Lietke on 07/19/2018

Category: Pest Control,
Giant Asian Hornets
Perhaps you’ve heard about a Giant Asian Hornet having been spotted in Arlington Heights, Illinois recently. So what is the buzz on this potentially deadly behemoth? Giant Asian Hornets (Vespa mandarinia) originate in Asia and are quickly spreading across the globe. There are reports of infestations in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Climate change and global shipping are believed to be the culprit behind the spread.  So what makes this new invader so unique? Giant Asian Hornets (also known as Japanese Giant Hornets) are the largest hornets in the world. The average specimen grows to 2.2 inches in length and is the width of a human thumb. They can travel 60 miles per day at speeds of nearly 25 miles per hour. It is a ruthless predator that kills other hornet species, yellow jackets, bees,...

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Fall Spider Control Tips

by Barbara Lietke on 07/19/2018

Category: Seasonal,
Fall Spider Control Tips
Fall Spider Control Tips With Halloween right around the corner, chances are you’re going to be seeing spiders everywhere you turn. With some handy tips from the professionals at Midwest Exterminating, you can make sure that the only creepy-crawlies in your home are for decoration. As the weather turns colder, it isn’t just us humans who want to spend all of our time indoors in the cozy warmth. Spiders need shelter too and move inside in the fall as well. While most spiders are relatively harmless, they are nonetheless the most feared of all pests, and understandably so. Those who come in contact with a Brown Recluse or a Black Widow spider and get bitten can sometimes require hospital treatment and bites have occasionally even resulted in death.  The good news is that with some spider know-how and easy preventative measures, you can prevent that from happening. About Spiders Spiders belong to a class of insects called Arachnids. All Arachnids have eight legs and...

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Of Bugs and Men

by Barbara Lietke on 07/19/2018

Category: General Midwest News,
Of Bugs and Men
Your home is no place for bugs. Coexisting with these foreign intruders can hasten the natural deterioration of your house and put your family at risk to health problems. Living with pests can affect your home lifestyle and take away the coziness of your private space. Midwest Exterminating understands that sharing your home with bugs can be annoying. Our expertise in pest control had turned thousands of households bug-free. Bug infiltration doesn’t stop there, though. Knowing how to get rid of bugs naturally is the key to keep your home a healthy and safe place. Here are natural ways to keep bugs out of your property. Keep Home Clean and Intact Prevention is the best way to solve bug problems. Keeping your home clean and damage-free discourages pests. Realize that food attracts bugs the most. Clean every nook and cranny of your home and put out your trash every night. Seal food containers and clear food particles quickly after eating. Block every entry point into your...

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Brown Recluse Spiders

by Barbara Lietke on 07/19/2018

Category: Pest Control,
Brown Recluse Spiders
There has been a lot of buzz this past summer surrounding insects in the news, from the Giant Asian Hornets spotted in Arlington Heights to the Cicada Killer Wasps found across the Midwest.  Another perennially terrifying, misunderstood, and pervasive inhabitant of our area is the Brown Recluse Spider. Perhaps no other American spider has fostered so many myths and misrepresentations as the brown recluse. Identifying: True to its name, the brown recluse is both brown and reclusive. The body of an adult brown recluse is light brown, except for a darker, violin-shaped marking on the back, immediately behind its eyes. This mark helps identify the spider, though it is not present in young brown recluses. An even more important identifier is the number and arrangement of the eyes. Unlike most spiders which have eight eyes, brown recluse spiders have six eyes arranged in three pairs. Habitat: Brown Recluse Spiders are most active at night. During the day they are especially fond of...

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