Spring Bed Bug Prevention for Illinois Residents

Summer is on its way and with it comes bed bug season. Bed bugs may be a year-round pest, but since they’re most active in the summer, this is the time of year when it’s most likely that you’ll end up having some of these blood-eating bugs move into your house. Summer bed bug prevention is important for Illinois residents, and Crown Exterminators can help!

Why Bed Bugs are Most Active in Summer

As with most insects, bed bugs love hot, humid weather. While they remain active all year, taking up residence in homes, hotels, and other areas inhabited by humans, they tend to slow their travels in the colder months.
Once the weather heats up though, bed bugs are ready to move. They don’t infest homes in the manner of most bugs, (by getting inside after being in your yard.) Instead, they climb onto people’s clothing, bags, and luggage, then go along for the ride to wherever they end up. Once they climb off, they’ll settle into their new home.

Summer Bed Bug Prevention for Illinois Residents

When it comes to preventing bed bugs, vigilance is key. You have to be on your guard against them or they can infest your home without your knowledge. The following tips will help:

  • If going on vacation, do not bring your luggage into your hotel room until you’ve done a thorough inspection of the room. Look under sheets, along the seams in mattresses, between mattresses and headboards, behind picture frames, and along the edges of walls.

  • Even if the room looks free of bed bugs, keep your luggage, bags, and clothing up off the floor during your stay.
    When you return home, check through your belongings before bringing them inside. Wash all your clothing in a hot water wash before putting it away.

  • After you’ve been shopping or have gone out for the day, check your bags and your clothing before going into your house.

  • Do periodic checks of your house, especially after hosting guests.

What Signs to Look for When Looking for Bed Bugs

  • Small red spots on your sheets could be blood from bed bug bites.

  • Bed bug bites are red and often form an uneven line on your skin.

  • Seeing the bugs themselves is a sure sign of an infestation.

  • You may see bed bug casings along the seams of upholstery.

  • Bed bug eggs may also be along the seams of upholstery or between mattresses and headboards.

  • You may see small brown streaks on your sheets. These are bed bug feces.

What to Do if You See Signs of Bed Bugs

If you see any of the signs above, it’s important to contact Crown Exterminators immediately. Bed bugs are difficult to eliminate on your own. They hide deep within your walls, are resistant to many chemical treatments, and can go dormant for months before coming out of hiding to plague you again.
In order to completely eliminate a bed bug infestation so that you don’t have to worry about a recurrence, you need a professional bed bug treatment. Crown Exterminators can completely take care of your bed bug problem and ensure that it won’t come back. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection!

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Illinois Property Ant-Free in Summer

How much trouble do ants cause around your home in the summertime? Do you find them in your kitchen trying to steal scraps while you’re making food? What about in your yard? Is it hard to host outdoor gatherings without ants trying to join the party? No matter what ways ants are causing trouble for you and your family in and around your home, we would like to help you find a solution to keep these scavenging frustrations away this summer.

Why Ants Are invading and Factors That Make Them Hard To Stop

Have you ever wondered why you hardly see ants during the wintertime? We assure you, they aren’t getting on planes and vacationing in the South. So where do they go? You see, when the weather gets colder, ants don’t go anywhere but rather hunker down to stay warm enough to survive the colder months. This is called hibernation. Once the weather heats up, ants reemerge. Then as the weather continues to heat up, ants reach full productivity. In fact, this is happening right about now in summer.

The thing that makes them so difficult to stop is their ability to work together. As pests go, ants work extremely well together as a team, with each member doing their part. If there is a way into your home and sources of food for ants to scavenge, you can be sure they will find them and not stop foraging until every scrap they can find is gathered.

Our 5 Tips To Keep Ants Away

Now that you understand a little more about why ants are such difficult pests, let’s discuss a few tactics you can take to ensure your home stays ant-free this summer.

  • Fix leaks in and around your home and make sure your gutters are properly channeling water away from your home's foundation.

  • Make sure hard-to-reach areas such as under refrigerators, stoves, and other appliances don’t have any spills or crumbs that ants can scavenge.

  • When feeding your pets, pick up their food and water once they are done with them.

  • When hosting outdoor gatherings, make sure leftovers are quickly picked up and no scraps of food or beverage containers are left behind for ants to raid.

  • Call in the help of pest professionals to get a long-lasting protective barrier that will ensure your property gets the best protection possible.

Who To Call For Your Professional Ant Control

If you need help in keeping your home ant-free this summer, your best option is to call the professionals here at Crown Exterminators. Our methods for excluding and eliminating ants have been tested, tried, and proven and are sure to work day and night to give your property the protection you desire. Let us find your solution to pests today!

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