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Residential Insect Info from Guardian Pest Control

All Misc. Crawling Insects

Guardian Pest Control Services can help you with any pest or wildlife animal and rodent control. There are many different types of common insect infestations we get called for including earwigs, silverfish, lady bugs and more. Our technicians are fully licensed, bonded and insured state certified technicians. We will eliminate any pest issue you have!

 

Ants

Some are just a nuisance while others can be damaging to your home. Whatever the ant issue you are having we will eliminate the ants safely and effectively with baiting and other treatments depending on your situation.

Nuisance Ants

Some of the most common nuisance ants include:

Pavement Ant: Tiny black any commonly found in the cracks of walkways

Citronella Ant: Not a termite although they look like it, crush one and you will smell citronella.

Odorous House Ant: Small ants known for forging trails into your home through small cracks, windows or doors.

Carpenter Ants

These ants don’t eat the wood they chew it away to build tunnels and their nests causing damage to your home. Carpenter ants like water damaged wood, moist wood areas near plumbing or moist areas. If you notice saw dust piles near your homes exterior walls or inside of you home mainly near plumbing you may have an infestation.

Carpenter Ant Prevention

Keep firewood away from buildings / Replace water damaged wood inside.
Trim trees that overhang your home / Keep mulch away from touching the exterior wood walls or siding / Keep indoor lumber dry and up off floor.

 

Bed Bugs

Identifying Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs are a serious issue, if you notice any of the signs for bed bugs such as bites, their case skins when they shed, droppings or seeing them call us immediately for treatment! Another way you can spot bed bug issues is by tiny blood stains on your sheets, which is their droppings. Bed Bugs are tiny ( 4-5 mm long ) bugs that are flat and have a reddish, brown color to them.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
We offer a multiple service program to make sure we identify, treat and make sure the treatment process is successful to get rid of all your bed bug issues. After we inspect our technician will go over the options for your bed bug situation and give you the best course of action for you to make sure that the bed bugs are eliminated including any possible eggs since a female bed bug can lay 1-5 eggs per day and a 300 day life span once hatched.

After The Treatment
Your Guardian Pest Control protection program will include follow up visit to ensure the professional treatment was effective. Your technician may recommend the next steps for the best maintenance after the treatment has been effective on eliminating your bed bug issue.

 

Beetles

The most common beetles outside we get called for is the Asian / Japanese Beetle, inside the home beetles are Carpet Beetles, Confused Flour Beetles and Red Flour Beetles.

Asian / Japanese Beetles, these types of beetles feed on your plants and trees. They often will harm or kill your plants and trees. You can identify them by either seeing them on leaves or by small holes they have eaten away on leafs.

The Confused Flour Beetle and the Red Flour Beetle both have wings but only the Red Flour Beetle is a good flyer. You will notice these beetles near store bought flour or cereal items in your home.

The Carpet Beetle feed on animal based products such as leather, fur, wool and animal hair. The Carpet Beetle can live in pillows, carpet, furniture and can spread fast.

 

Cockroaches

You can see a roach scatter when a light gets turned on. Cockroaches tend to like dark, moist areas, appliances, sinks and behind cabinets.

Our technician will come out and do a thorough  inspection and explain all of your options based on your individual needs.

Our roach treatment process is guaranteed to work for the problem you are having.

 

Fleas

Fleas are a common pest issue when cats or dogs are present. Not only can fleas be an issue for your pets but flea bites can be very harmful to humans. Fleas can carry diseases such as tapeworm parasite, murine typhus and bubonic plaque.

Preventive Measures

Properly vacuum carpets often, especially where pets tend to rest. Wash pet bedding regularly in hot water to kill eggs and adult cocoons and, if possible, place pet bedding in places without carpeting around. Any type of flea & tick medicine or drops advised by your veterinarian can also help. 

Getting Rid Of Fleas

Effective flea control involves 3 steps: Sanitation, Incecticide Application and On Animal Flea Control.

If you have pets, it is important to prevent fleas from infestations of your carpeting and bedding. Our trained technicians have the knowledge and have experienced many flea issues. Our licensed technician will inspect and go over options for the best treatment for your situation.

 

Flies – Household, Fruit, Drain & Others

Guardian Pest Control trained technicians can come out to inspect and identify which fly you are having a problem with so we can explain all options available to you.

 

Moth Flies also called Drain Flies

These type of flies can be very annoying for customers at a bar or restaurant or even in your home. Drain Flies are small ( hairy ) flies that are poor fliers and infest drains, dirty garbage containers & septic tanks. Drain Flies can become an infestation quickly.

Household Flies

Flies are not just annoying they are some of the filthiest of pests. Flies can carry bacterial disease, viruses and other harmful germs. Flies can also contaminate food left on the counter.

There are thousands of different species of flies but in the Midwest we mostly get called for the House and Fruit Fly. The female House fly can lay 400-600 eggs on decaying matter or feces.

Fruit Flies

The Fruit Fly will mostly be seen near moist areas, old wine glasses and fruit. These flies can also be contaminating to your food. The best way to control fruit flies is to eliminate the breeding source such as fruit left out.

 

Moths

Indian Meal Moths are the most common stored product pest found in homes, food processing facilities, dog food, grains, bird seed and many other products around home. If you have a problem with Indian Meal Moths you will see flying moths and you will soon find the larvae and their webbing in a stored products.

Other common nuisance moth would be a clothes moth or carpet moth. These types of moths can cause damage to fabric inside your home.

If you notice moth damage in your home call us today so we can inspect the area for an infestation and eliminate any moth problem you may have.

 

Spiders

All spiders are poisonous, however there are only a few that have enough poison to harm a human. Most spider bites result in swelling, itching and bruising.

There are two classifications of spiders to quickly help identify which species you are dealing with: Hunting Spiders such as Wolf Spiders and Web Spinning such as House Spiders.

Spiders are commonly found in dark places such as basements and attics or outside in garages or barns. The webs can be annoying and gross!

If you have a fear of spiders like most people then treatment is the way to help control these creepy crawling nuisance pests. Our technicians are state certified and can help get rid of spiders in your home.

 

Termites

Termites are subterranean and may go unnoticed until the winged reproductives and  “swarm “ from or inside the structure. This is also the time where you are most likely to find discarded wings that look like small fish scales mostly in the spring. Other evidence of termites can be wood damage & mud tubes.

Eliminating Termites

Our experienced-licensed, bonded, insured and state certified technicians will provide the barrier that is necessary to protect your home from termites and eliminate the colony of termites. No matter how much the infestation of termites you are experiencing we have the solution that will best fit your needs.

Termite Preventative Measures

For tips on how to try to prevent termites try the following prevention methods:
Caulk cracks in basements, foundations, utilities and pipes
Prevent moisture build up from pipes, ac units, etc
Get rid of dead or excessive wood pile ups near buildings
Properly maintain landscaping
Look for signs around exterior wood structures such as decks or porches

 

Biting & Stinging Insects

 

Bees/Wasps/Hornets

Bees
If you have a fear or allergic reactions to bees then you will want us to come out and eliminate the nests so you can enjoy your outdoor living. While most bees are not aggressive unless provoked if you have a concern of an allergy from a bee sting then bee issues need to be handled by a licensed professional at Guardian Pest Control Services.

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter Bees are damaging to decks, fences and other exposed wood around your exterior living space. These bees don’t eat the wood they excavate the wood to build their nests. Look for small ½” holes with saw dust below the hole in railings, wood furniture and other wood outside. Carpenter Bees typically don’t sting humans but they do get territorial when near the nest swarming all around you with a loud buzzing sound.

Wasps & Hornets

Wasps and Hornets are dangerous and can cause serious pain from their stings and can life threatening if you are allergic.

 

The best way to get rid of wasps and hornets is to locate the nest and treat.

 

Treating nests is a dangerous job that should only be handled by a licensed professional. We will treat all of your problem areas so you can enjoy your outdoor space again.

Maintenance Plans 

We also provide regularly scheduled treatments for population reduction in your yard so you can enjoy your summer with less

 

Fleas

Fleas are a common pest issue when cats or dogs are present. Not only can fleas be an issue for your pets but flea bites can be very harmful to humans. Fleas can carry diseases such as tapeworm parasite, murine typhus and bubonic plaque.

Preventive Measures

Properly vacuum carpets often, especially where pets tend to rest. Wash pet bedding regularly in hot water to kill eggs and adult cocoons and, if possible, place pet bedding in places without carpeting around. Any type of flea & tick medicine or drops advised by your veterinarian can also help. 

Getting Rid Of Fleas

Effective flea control involves 3 steps: Sanitation, Incecticide Application and On Animal Flea Control.

If you have pets, it is important to prevent fleas from infestations of your carpeting and bedding. Our trained technicians have the knowledge and have experienced many flea issues. Our licensed technician will inspect and go over options for the best treatment for your situation.

 

Mosquitos

Mosquitoes are some of the most common nuisance pests to humans and pets. While annoying mainly these insects can carry disease, although rare there are cases of The West Nile Virus and Zika in Illinois and Indiana which can be a deadly disease.

Some of the most common places mosquitoes lay their larvae is still standing water, grass, tree holes and plastic containers. The peak biting time is just before and after dusk and before sunrise and only the female mosquito bites.

Mosquito Control for Events 
If you are having an outdoor event and you would like to have a mosquito free yard for the evening we can help! While no one can guarantee mosquitoes won’t fly from a neighbor’s yard our technicians can come out and treat your outdoor living area to minimize the amount of mosquitoes hatched that day to give you a more comfortable evening!

Mosquito Maintenance Plans 

We also provide regularly scheduled treatments for population reduction in your yard so you can enjoy your summer with less

Mosquito Control
If you are having an outdoor event and you would like to have a mosquito free yard for the evening we can help! While no one can guarantee mosquitoes won’t fly from a neighbor’s yard our technicians can come out and treat your outdoor living area to minimize the amount of mosquitoes hatched that day to give you a more comfortable evening!

 

Ticks

Ticks are one of the most common carrier of disease. Ticks live in grass, on vegetation or on shrubs, they wait for humans or animals to be near and climb on for feeding. While feeding a tick can feed for up to 7 days and sometimes can be hard to notice. If you or a pet brings a tick in your home then infestation can happen quickly being that a female tick can lay eggs usually in cracks in places such as floor boards.

Most Common Ticks
In our area the most common ticks are the American Dog Tick also known as the Wood Tick, Black Legged Tick ( Deer Tick ), Brown Dog Tick and the Lone Star Tick.

If you encounter a tick

If you find a tick on you or your pet consult your doctor or veterinarian for removal advice the embedded tick. While not all ticks may carry disease there is serious concern of diseases such as Lyme disease that they can pass to you.

Call Guardian Pest Control Services so we can send a licensed professional to inspect for infestation and eliminate your tick issues.

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