Monthly Archives: May 2017

Crickety energy

Many people have been suggesting now that one way to make our food source more sustainable is for people to eat insects. They’re cheap and a good source of protein. It’s not uncommon in other countries, but most people I know are still freaked out about in the US. There’s even a TED talk about it. And a very well-done blog devoted to it. And even Dr. Oz recommends it! (So it MUST be good, right?) This movement has been growing some momentum, and it’s even considered in to eat insects right now, according to The List of what’s supposed to be in/out this year. Although lots of different companies market things like insects in candy as novelty items, this week, there was a news story about a company using cricket-enriched flour in their energy bars. The crickets are milled, so you’re not going to bite into a crunchy leg. The company hopes this is a way to ease Americans into eating insects. I, personally, really like this idea. So, maybe a meal of mealworms isn’t that far away from you!

Waxing and endangered crabs? (Not the delicious kind.) 

A Bloomberg news report (and subsequently, many other news outlets) suggest that waxing will cause crabs to be endangered. (Not the kind you had for dinner last night.the itchy, pubic lice variety.) Make sense, right? No hair, no place for these itchy insects to live. But making an appointment at your local waxer is not likely to completely eradicate this species. A well-reasoned (and hilarious) response from @bug_girl shows there really no data to support this. The paper that’s often cited in these news stories shows a decline in pubic lice from a certain area in England, yes. But they don’t show data on waxing rates. From anywhere. They tell anecdotal stories about it. Bug Girl dug into the topic a little more and shows that baldness is the least used pubic hairstyle, even for college-age women, who are more likely to groom in this manner. And if there’s hair around, there is the potential for crabs! So, in short, waxing may get rid our your crabs (ewwyou have crabs?), but the species isn’t likely to be wiped off the planet anytime soon. BUTwhat if it was? Slate News reported a satirical piece on if this happened, and it involves Sex in the City, dinosaurs, crabs and asteroids.

Corpse eating flies help reveal hidden species

Insects are often used as bio-indicator speciesan organism that is used to signal something about the environment. For instance, the composition of insects in a stream can indicate pollution levels in a stream because only a few insects can live in a very polluted stream.  Last year, scientists reported that they are able to detect rare animals living in the forest of Vietnam by sequencing DNA found in blood from leech guts. It is hard to study rare species simply because they’re hard to find, and mammals, like other animals, often try to avoid detection by potential predators by making themselves hard to see in the thick forest. This week, scientists published data showing that they are also able to use DNA sequences from gut contents of insects, flies that feed on corpses of animals, to detect rare mammals in the rainforests of Côte dIvoire. Sampling carrion-eating insects may prove a valuable tool in the future for studying endangered species, and ultimately, understanding how best to conserve these species. Yay, flies!

Average Cost of Bed Bug Extermination in Illinois

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Bed Bug Exterminator in Illinois?

That’s a tricky question but I am a straight shooter so here it is – it cost between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars to exterminate bed bugs. And the reason for the spread is that the cost of the is contingent on the area that needs to be treated.

How to Control Bed Bug Extermination Cost in Illinois

First off, treatment is costly. Be prepared for that. However, there’s a way to control your costs. But how? There are a few ways to get rid of bed bugs and depending on the approach you can expect to pay anywhere between a few dollars to a small fortune. To help you get a better idea of all the different methods of getting rid of the nasty pets I will list and discuss different approached to bed bug treatment.

Common Bed Bug Treatment Methods Employed by Pest Control Technicians in Illinois

  1. DIY approach – that’s the cheapest way. There are plenty of products that claim to kill bed bugs. I am skeptical but you are welcome to try them especially when some of them cost a few dollars only. It’s definitely a good first step. If you don’t feel like going to the store, check out this website for products and reviews.
  2. Vacuuming – it helps, to a degree. Thorough vacuuming will definitely reduce bed bug infestation. However, it won’t eliminate the bed bugs that are hidden inside of walls and furniture
  3. Disposal of contaminated belongings – if you can’t reach the bed bugs hidden in furniture next best thing is to get rid of it. Disposing of mattresses, box springs, couches, etc is costly I know that. But the worst part is that it rarely solves the problem.
  4. Clothes dryer – used to kill bed bugs in clothes and blankets. First, clothes need to be washed in hot water. Next, they need to be placed in the dryer for at least twenty minutes at the highest temperature.
  5. Heat treatment (for individual rooms or buildings) – in short bed bugs are killed by raising the temperature to 45 degrees Celcius. It might be a time-consuming procedure especially if a whole building needs to be fumigated. It goes without saying that this procedure needs to be carried out by a trained specialist. One big downside of the heat treatment is that bed bugs may re-infest rooms or buildings because they are able to hide in hard to reach places like walls, ceilings, and floors
  6. Cold treatment – bed bugs can tolerate a broad range of temperatures, -14 to 44°C. However they can’t survive extreme heat or body freezing. With cold treatment, CO2 is sprayed at a temperature of -78.5°C. Just like with the heat treatment, bed bugs may re-infest the home if the freezing spray didn’t reach the bugs hidden in furniture, appliances and inside walls.
  7. Steam – steaming a room or building kills all stages of bed bugs. But because bed bugs hide in different, hard to reach places killing them with steam takes time and as a result costs a pretty penny (and the process needs to be repeated). Of course, as with all other forms of treatment, it’s possible that not all bed bugs get killed so re-infestation is quite possible. In addition, the steam would likely damage wood (furniture) and/or cause mold.

As you can see, there are plenty of options to get rid of bed bugs in Illinois. That’s a good thing, right. But at the same time so may choices may leave you confused what to do next. So here’s our suggestion.

Give us a call to discuss your needs. We will then dispatch one of our trained technicians to inspect your home. Based on his findings a course of action would be recommended. What are you waiting for? Call us now.

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Bed Bug Extermination Cost

Bed Bug Extermination Cost Guide

So, you have a home that’s infested with bed bugs and you need help as soon as possible. At the same time, you don’t want to call the first extermination company you find online. You want to find someone, who’s reliable and will get the job done the first time but at the same time won’t charge you an arm and a leg. With that being said, how much does bug extermination cost?

The simple answer is – it depends. It cost somewhere between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Why such a wide spread? Because there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when arriving at the final price. The size of the infested area and the method used being the main two.

Bed Bug Extermination Methods

In the article below, I will list and describe the main methods employed by bed bug exterminators in getting rid of bugs.

  1. Heat treatment – as the name suggests bed bugs are being killed by raising room temperature to or above the killing temperature of bed bugs (around 45 degrees Celsius). It’s a time-consuming procedure due to the time it takes to reach the required temperature. It needs to be carried out by a professional. An important thing to keep in mind is that even after the treatment bed bugs might re-appear due to the fact that they are able to retreat into cracks and crevices in walls, ceilings, and floors where they may escape treatment.
  2. Steam treatment – this procedure is also time-consuming and tedious and needs to be carried out by a trained technician. In addition, steam treatment must be repeated a few times for the full extermination of the bed bugs. And again, just like with the heat treatment, bed bugs may re-appear because the steam might not be able to penetrate materials enough to kill hidden bed bugs.
  3. Cold treatment – this method of treatment is self-explanatory. Bed bugs are killed with equipment that freezes them (they can’t survive body freezing or extreme heat). The cold treatment procedure has the same drawbacks as the previous two: bed bugs might return if the freezing spray has not reached bed bugs hidden inside walls or furniture.
  4. Pesticides – this is my least favorite method of dealing with bed bugs and here’s why. It requires multiple visits from a technician, the pesticides used may be harmful to humans (possible side effects are cancer and neurotoxicity). In addition, disposable of furniture and other infested materials might be required. And let’s not forget that bed bugs may be resistant to pesticides, meaning that they may come back.

How to Choose a Good Bed Bug Exterminator?

You might be desperate by now. None of the afore-mentioned procedure doesn’t guarantee 100% bed bug removal. Should you give up then and live with the nasty bugs for the rest of your life? Absolutely not! Here’s what you can do to increase your chances of a positive outcome.

  1. Do your homework – go online, look up exterminators in your area and read reviews left by past customers. Sure, some of them will be fake, left by family and friends. However, if a pest control company has more than 20-30 reviews you can be sure that the vast majority of them are genuine.
  2. Pick up the phone and call – you can tell a lot of things about someone right after talking with them for a few minutes, right? The same applied here. Call a few pest control companies up and talk with them. Ask them if they offer any guarantees and what their success rate is.
  3. Talk with friends – I know it might be embarrassing to admit that you have a bed bug infested home but get over it. After all, you want them gone as soon as possible, right. Ask around, chances are if they haven’t dealt with that issue they know someone who has. Ask for recommendations.

And that’s all. Now you have everything you need to find a reliable best bug exterminator to help you get rid of the nasty pets. If you still need help, give us a call. We have access to a wide network of local pest control professionals.

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