McHenry County Residents Rely on Our Insect Removal
Nobody enjoys having insects around their home or business. In addition to “bugging” you, common pests such as fleas, cockroaches, and mosquitoes are often carriers of infectious diseases. They’re also responsible for causing many allergies, unpleasant itching sensations, and sometimes even asthma. If ignored, large insect populations can also wreak havoc upon your lawn or garden, destroying your plants and other vegetation. Illinois Wildlife Services, Inc. offers insect removal and control services for McHenry, Lake, and Northern Cook County residents to help them breathe a little easier at night. Our primary focus is on Asian lady beetles and boxelder bugs, though we’re experienced at removing many types of insects for your ongoing protection and peace of mind.
Understanding Your Pest: What to Know About Beetles
Asian lady beetles are usually a domed shape and measure about 1/3″ long. They come in three main color variations: red or orange with black spots, black with two red spots, and black with four red spots. This species was introduced to the United States in 1916 to control the aphid population and has flourished ever since. These beetles become dormant in the cooler months and begin to move around when temperatures reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They often lay dormant in crevices, behind siding, and inside walls.
It’s not uncommon to find these bugs inside the house during the winter if openings and a heat transfer are present. They tend to form groups in upper corners of windows and attach to screening materials for warmth. These beetles have good eyesight and will often return to where they were removed. Asian lady beetles are known to produce a small bite and will “reflex bleed” (releasing “hemolymph” from their legs; a liquid with a foul odor like dead leaves) when agitated. Some people have allergic reactions to them.
Understanding Your Pest: What to Know About Boxelder Bugs
Adult boxelder bugs are about ½” long with dark brown or black coloration with red wing veins and markings on their abdomens, while boxelder nymphs are bright red in color. These bugs are primarily found on boxelder, maple, and ash trees. They’re not known to cause any significant damage and are not considered an agricultural pest. Boxelder bugs are considered a nuisance pest to the public because of their hibernation traits and their large, focused populations. During the winter, they tend to invade homes and other human-made structures, often hiding behind siding and inside walls. If these pests are exterminated and not removed from the structure, some people will notice a foul odor.
Do You Suspect You Have an Insect Infestation? Call Us Today!
How do you know if you have an infestation? If you only notice one or two isolated insects in your home or business, chances are you don’t have a pest issue. However, if you’ve begun to see insects regularly, you could have an infestation on your hands. Illinois Wildlife Services, Inc. is fully licensed and certified to provide insect removal and control services across McHenry, Lake, and Northern Cook County. If you suspect you have an issue, please call us today to request more info or an estimate!