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232017May
Repelling the Myths Behind Common Illinois Mosquito Repellents

Repelling the Myths Behind Common Illinois Mosquito Repellents

Spring has sprung in the Midwest! People are finally packing away their heavy winter coats and emerging from their homes after another frigid winter to find the sun shining and flowers already in bloom. But something else out there is emerging, too. And for some Illinois residents, it’s enough to make them shun the springtime…

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162017May
When the Bee Stings: How to Manage an Illinois Insect Sting

When the Bee Stings: How to Manage an Illinois Insect Sting

It’s happened to us all: We’re enjoying a good time on our patio when a wasp comes swooping in and sends us ducking and running back indoors. Stinging pests like wasps don’t always invade our space with evil intentions. In fact, they’re highly curious and just want to get a closer look of the large…

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92017May
Chewing in Chicago: The Hungry Rodents Calling Your City Home

Chewing in Chicago: The Hungry Rodents Calling Your City Home

The Windy City is home to nearly three million people…as well as an alarming number of rodents. Countless studies have cited the largest city in Illinois as home to one of the world’s biggest rat populations. Chicago has shared the dubious honor more than once with cities like Paris and London. Keep your home protected…

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252017Apr
The Destructive Carpenters That You Don’t Want Around

The Destructive Carpenters That You Don’t Want Around

Illinois carpenters are known for carefully crafting beautiful and useful wood structures, but carpenter bees are known for ruining them with equal passion. If your gorgeous new wood deck suddenly develops a mysterious, perfectly round hole, check the rest of your home’s wooden structures for holes and small piles of sawdust. If more signs are…

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182017Apr
The Buzz About Saving the Bees (and How You Can Help)

The Buzz About Saving the Bees (and How You Can Help)

You’ve probably heard there’s a movement to “Save the Bees.” But the reason for their dwindling numbers is more complicated than just the use of pesticides. A new phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder” has led to beekeepers losing almost 90 percent of their swarm in the last decade, destroying 10 million beehives. Why are bees…

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112017Apr
The Great Bee Awakening

The Great Bee Awakening

It’s springtime in Illinois, and bears aren’t the only ones waking up from winter hibernation. Carpenter bees also hibernate in winter and awaken in spring. The carpenter bee is an active pollinator that provides a beneficial service to agriculture, but it can be a nuisance when it bores multiple holes into important wooden structures. Although…

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212017Mar
A Closer Look at Ancient, Amazing Ants

A Closer Look at Ancient, Amazing Ants

Most Illinois residents see ants so frequently that we rarely give them any thought unless they become a nuisance and force us to call for pest control. But, if you take a closer look at the history and social structure of the ant, you may be surprised at their complexity. Ant Facts and History More…

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152017Mar
Down on the (Ant) Farm: Fun with Formicariums

Down on the (Ant) Farm: Fun with Formicariums

The ant farm is a piece of pure American nostalgia straight out of the back pages of a Boy’s Life magazine from the 1950s. Back then, these types of at-home science experiments were all the rage, spurred on by a renewed interest in science and engineering post-World War II. But watching ants scurry around is…

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72017Mar
Long Live the (Ant) Queen

Long Live the (Ant) Queen

Illinois has plenty of ants to go around. When you find a tiny army invading your home, knowing a few essential ant facts – and enlisting Anderson Pest Control – will greatly help your pest control efforts. An ant colony can consist of millions of individuals that fit into one of three categories: the female…

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212017Feb
What’s the Science Behind Lab Rats?

What’s the Science Behind Lab Rats?

Much has been made about scientific studies using laboratory rats and mice for testing before using humans. Everything from children’s books and films to common slang references these furry friends and their contributions to science. Of course, this all begs the question: Why did we decide to use rodents? What can their biology tell us…

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142017Feb
Four Illinois Rodents That Want to Move Into Your Home

Four Illinois Rodents That Want to Move Into Your Home

If you live in Illinois, you probably know lots of nice folks who would make great roommates. Unfortunately, there are also a few notorious rodents that would also love to share your space. They’ll help themselves to your food stash and leave their droppings everywhere. You might catch a horrible disease from them, but they…

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72017Feb
Don’t Let Rodents Spoil Your Romance

Don’t Let Rodents Spoil Your Romance

Soon it will be Valentine’s Day in Illinois, and couples across the state will be sharing flowers, cards and lots of delicious chocolate and other heart-themed sweets. The treats are sure to delight your valentine, but you may find that they lure unwelcome comrades. Mice and rats, are drawn to chocolate and sweets; and there’s…

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