Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Field Mouse 101.

We don’t think that you will see this on the curriculum at Northwestern University.  Living in suburban Chicagoland has its perks.  There are many wide-open spaces with fields nearby.  Unfortunately, the countryside is a haven for field mice as well.  These are not house mice and differ in appearance and behavior.


Know your enemy!  Here are some tips to help rid your household of field mice –

1.  Set traps in appropriate and safe places.
2.  Seal up all entryways.
3.  In the end, hire a professional exterminator.

As to that last point, a field mouse’s worst nightmare (if they have them) in Chicagoland is A Complete Pest Solution.  They have provided safe and affordable field mouse, house mouse, and overall rodent control to Suburban Chicagoland for many years.  If you hear a squeak, don’t say EEEK!  Call A Complete Pest Solution at (630) 464-1542.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Rodents, Rodents Everywhere.

If it has not happened yet, it certainly will soon.  It is time for the annual mouse invasion as these nasty rodents seek shelter when Chicagoland’s weather changes.  Let’s be diligent and detect any sign of these pests before they storm the castle!  At A Complete Pest Solution, we want you to be aware of the signs of early mouse infestation.

 Here are some of them –

1.  Droppings
2.  The scent of urine
3.  Holes that have been gnawed
4.  Runways and nests
5.  Noises

You may also notice that your beloved dog or cat is not behaving in a normal manner.  They tend to pick up on these things long before we do.  A Complete Pest Solution to the rescue!  We have been eliminating rodents in Chicagoland for many years and, hopefully we continue to be your first choice for mouse control.  Call us at (630) 464-1542

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Chicago Food Truck Festival (Fall Festival), Sept 22nd

(Click the link above for more information)

What: Chicago Food Truck Festival
When: Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: LaBagh Woods, Chicago, IL 60646


 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Sting.

With apologies to the early 1970’s motion picture this sting may be far more impactful to you and your family.  Yellow jackets are very common at this time throughout Chicagoland. These are the 1/2-inch long, yellow and black banded wasps.  Many people refer to them as bees…which they are NOT!

Yellow jacket queens live in nests that are made of paper.  They construct these nests by scraping the surface wood off dead tree limbs and unpainted fences, mixing it with their saliva and applying it into place with their jaws.  There nests are similar to the bald-faced hornet which you would find hanging from a tree branch.

Whatever challenge that you have with winged predators this time of year there is one name to remember.  That is A Complete Pest Solution.  For more details on yellow jackets visit www.waspsolutions.net.  Kurt and his crew have removed unwanted invaders of every type for decades around Suburban Chicago.  Call him today at (630) 464-1542.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Chicago Labor Day Weekend 2018

(Click the link above for more information)

"Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of summer, but it certainly doesn’t mean the end of summer fun!"

 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Annual Paper Wasp Invasion.

That does not sound too scary…does it?  We know that a “paper tiger” is harmless, but not so much a paper wasp.  So, what is it anyway?  They are unsightly and WILL sting, believe me!  Their nests are found in overhangs and sheds throughout Chicagoland.  They are so-named because these nests are made of a gray paper-like material.

Paper wasps are considered beneficial because they assist in pollination and they control pest insect populations by feeding them to their larvae.  In spite of their ecological benefits, paper wasp nests should not be permitted to develop in or near your home.  Stings from paper wasps are extremely painful and may produce serious reactions to people who are allergic to the venom.

Fight back against a paper wasp invasion of your property.  Call the pros at A Complete Pest Solution.  And, for more information on the elimination of this and other summertime pests in our area visit www.waspsolutions.net.  Kurt and his team are at the ready to control the bee and wasp populations around your home.  Call today at (630) 464-1542.

Glenn Ellyn School District 41 Calendar, 2018-2019

(Click the link above for more information)

School is almost back in session and there are some dates that should be marked on your calendar.




Thursday, August 2, 2018

Beware the Bald Faced Hornet.

It even sounds scary doesn’t it?  No one wants to get close enough to see its face anyway, but know this…it is possibly the most dangerous of all wasp breeds that annually invade Chicagoland.  The sting is exceptionally painful and in some of our Northern Illinois residents it can be a very serious health hazard!

So, what do they look like?  They are black and white striped.  What about their nest?  It looks like a large, ominous teardrop.  Where do you find the nest?  Look for it under the eaves of your home or, perhaps hanging from a tree.  It probably goes without saying but, for heaven’s sake DO NOT approach the nest!

At the first sign of this dangerous winged adversary please call us.  We are A Complete Pest Solution serving all of Chicagoland in the elimination of wasps and bees from your property.  Please visit www.waspsolutions.net for more details on a variety of winged summer invaders.  Give us a call for fast, guaranteed service at (630) 464-1542.

Aug 4th! One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly - Chicago Back to School Event

(Click the link above for more information)

"Together, for One Saturday, we’re partnering with the Chicago Police Department and other fellow community organizations to share free school supplies, uniforms, and haircuts to help kids head back to the classroom with confidence. Bring the entire family to join in the fun – and be sure to invite your friends/family!"

 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Say What? They Fly AND they Sting?

Yes they do!  They are the invaders that come to visit every summer…the ubiquitous wasp.  They are one of the most widely feared insects for a very good reason.  Wasps vary in aggressiveness and other behaviors, however, and only a few need to be feared.  Knowledge of their habits is the first step in reducing the fear of them.

A person sensitive to one kind of wasp sting will often be sensitive to other kinds of wasps.  That is not always true with bees.  The first thing you will notice (allergic or not) is local pain, swelling, redness and itching in most Chicagoans.  Some people will suffer symptoms that can include difficulty in breathing, dizziness and nausea.

All of this is no picnic for anyone in Chicagoland.  That’s why we have Kurt and his wasp control crew at www.waspsolutions.net.  As the name implies they have the solution to your wasp problem in the summer of 2018 and beyond.  Do NOT get involved in this sting!  Call A Complete Pest Solution now at (630) 464-1542.

Visit the Field Museum

(Click the link above for more information)

"World-renowned for its state-of-the-art exhibits, leading scientific research, and impressive collection of artifacts and specimens big and small, The Field Museum inspires curiosity and tells the story of life on Earth."



 



Monday, July 2, 2018

Bee and Wasp Watch.

They may be enjoyable to watch on a Nat Geo special, but when they invade your space you need to take action!  It is imperative to protect your family from bee and wasp stings.  While this is done it is also vitally important to protect those invaluable pollinators from being killed in the process.  The world still REALLY needs them.

Did you know that annually more Americans are killed by bee and wasp stings than by snakes?  A major difference between bees and wasps as well as hornets is that hornets and yellow jackets as well as other wasps are responsible for very little pollination, but their stings are definitely potentially life-threatening.

For more information about their elimination from your property please visit www.waspsolutions.net.  We are A Complete Pest Solution protecting the populace of Chicagoland against those threatening stings.  We really DO have the solution to your pest control problems.  Please call us whenever we can be of service at (630) 464-1542.

Where to see Fourth of July fireworks around Chicago

(Click the link above for more information)

"From Navy Pier all the way out to the suburbs, Chicago's July 4th fireworks fill the sky all weekend long."

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pest Review.

It’s nice to know who the multi-legged enemy may be this summer whether you have seen any yet or not.  Specific regions like Chicagoland are prone to a specific group of pests.  It is good to be educated as to the types that we might see here throughout the remainder of 2018.  Which ones are we most likely to encounter in the upper-Midwest?

Here are some of the most common –

1.  Ants…billions and billions of them all over the place.
2.  Spiders…a friend of man until they occupy your home.
3.  Bed bugs…they spread quickly and bite humans.
4.  Cockroaches…hiding out in dark places around your house.

There are many more, of course and they must be dealt with…or lived with.  The latter is NOT acceptable!  At the first sign of any unwanted critter you should know exactly what to do.  Call one of Chicagoland’s top exterminators.  That’s A Complete Pest Solution serving the suburbs of America’s second city for decades.  Keep this number handy (630) 464-1542.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ADLER AFTER DARK: SOLSTICE BASH | JUNE 21

(Click on the link above for more information)

"Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (Summer hours, May-August: 6:30–10:30 pm.) "


Monday, June 11, 2018

Look…They are Wearing Yellow Jackets!

You would think that someone or something wearing a yellow jacket is there to help.  That is not the case with the annual warm-weather invaders with wings.  Please understand that yellow Jackets are small, compact wasps that are commonly mistaken for bees.  They tend to nest in walls, in attics, in sub area crawlspaces, in the ground, in trees, and under eaves.

Here is a note of caution…all over the counter sprays for yellow jacket control are highly repellent; so all they do is make the wasps very agitated.  Your chance of being stung goes up exponentially if you try to eradicate them by yourself.  Don’t try to be a hero!  Call a professional exterminator immediately.

We hope that by publishing this warning in early May you will be prepared.  Chicagoland’s yellow jacket exterminator pros are a phone call away.  They are A Complete Pest Solution proudly serving the Western Suburbs and beyond.  The first time you see one of these winged invaders please call (630) 464-1542.

Friday, May 25, 2018

If I was a Carpenter…

It is the beginning of a famous old song, but in this case it signifies the beginning of ant season in Chicagoland.  Carpenter ants are one of the most common household pests in the Midwest.  While they are obviously a nuisance indoors, these ants damage wood by hollowing it out to make nesting space.

Carpenter ants are also the largest pest ants in the United States.  The most common in our area is the black carpenter ant.  To help you identify this pest the typical adult, known as a “worker” ant, is black, wingless and varies from ¼- to ½-inch in length.  To be certain, look for the carpenter ant’s smoothly rounded thorax.

They probably won’t go away forever without professional help.  In the Western Suburbs of Chicagoland and throughout our area that comes with a phone call to Kurt.  He is the owner of Chicagoland’s ant control experts A Complete Pest Solution.  At the first sign of carpenter ants in your home call Kurt at (630) 464-1542.

Rock the Yacht: Memorial Day Weekend Party Aboard the Spirit of Chicago

(Click the link above for more information)
 
"Why not celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Chicago with a party experience like no other? After all, it’s the long weekend and you have an extra day off and you deserve to celebrate it right. Set sail with us on our Chicago Memorial Day weekend cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago yacht!"
 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What are Paper Wasps?

It sure seems harmless, doesn’t it?  I mean, how threatening could a paper wasp be?  Well, let’s take a look.  Paper wasps gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems.  They mix this with their saliva to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material.  Sometimes they are called umbrella wasps.

The nests of most true paper wasps are characterized by having open combs with cells for bringing up their young.  Unlike yellow jackets or hornets, they generally only attack if they themselves or their nest are threatened.  So, the choice is yours…keep your distance ALL of the time or get rid of them!

As to the second point, why not call A Complete Pest Solution.  They are Chicagoland’s paper wasp control professionals.  Since their sting can not only be painful, but dangerous for some people it is best to remove them from your environment.  Call Kurt at A Complete Pest Solution at the first sign of paper wasps at (630) 464-1542.

2018 Best Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants in Chicago

(Click the link above for more information)


"Mom has fed you so many times, so this Mother's Day, treat her to a special brunch."



Monday, April 16, 2018

Treating Wood Destroying Insects.

In nearly every case your mortgage lender will require that a wood destroying insect infestation inspection is completed on the property you wish to purchase prior to settlement.  This will insure that it does not have an active infestation or major structural damage from wood destroying insects.

Some examples are –

1.  Termites.  They have been around for hundreds of millions of years.
2.  Wood boring beetles.  There are several different varieties!
3.  Carpenter ants…easy to recognize being black or black and red.

If you are investing in a new castle you simply must have a thorough inspection for these and other creatures before you put your name on the bottom line.  The answer in suburban Chicagoland is A Complete Pest Solution.  A professional wood destroying insect detector will eradicate the problem before you move in.  Just call (630) 464-1542.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tick, Tick, Tick.

Yes, the clock is ticking.  Warmer weather in Chicagoland will bring out the fleas and ticks before you know it.  Some ticks are notorious for carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease in humans. Rest assured that the American Dog Tick is NOT one of them.  But remember, that does not make it entirely harmless either!

If you have not seen one, and we hope that you don’t, ticks are 8-legged arachnids though they are not spiders. They do not have wings and cannot fly, but they are adept at latching on to clothes, fur and hair that wisps past them within their reach.  The American Dog Tick will feed on just about any animal it can hook its legs onto.

It is just one of the many invaders that may be hanging around your property in the upcoming warmer weather.  Ticks, fleas, spiders, and many other creepy crawly things are set to invade your property.  When (or better yet before) they do, pick up the phone and call Kurt at A Complete Pest Solution, Suburban Chicago’s pest control experts at (630) 464-1542.

Friday, March 16, 2018

What is an Occasional Invader.

When one comes into your home or office you will want to address the issue immediately.  These are the bugs that may not be ants, bees, roaches, termites, and rodents.  They are the ones that you don’t see every year or maybe this is the first time.  Occasional invaders are insects and other arthropods that sporadically enter structures, sometimes in large numbers.

They bring a variety of challenges to your environment.  They may bite, pinch, give out foul odors, damage plants, stain indoor furnishings, and damage fabrics. Even after they are dead, the problem may continue.  Their bodies, skins, secretions, etc. could even trigger a bout of asthma among other human responses.

Occasional invaders must be dealt with quickly and permanently!  This is the time that you pick up the phone and dial a Chicagoland pest control expert who has seen it all over the decades.  That man is Kurt and that company is A Complete Pest Solution serving suburban Chicagoland.  Take control by calling today at (630) 464-1542. 

7 Things to Do in Chicago for Easter Weekend

(Click on the link above for more information)

Make your plans for Easter Weekend with your Family and Friends! 

 



Thursday, March 1, 2018

If you were a Bee what Bee would you Be?

Have you ever wondered where bees go in the winter?  I know, we just spent months getting over the weather, but the bees did not disappear forever.  That is a good thing for the future of our planet, but maybe not so great for your property when the weather gets warmer.  Guaranteed…if you have had a bee problem in the past you can expect one in the future.

Like every other creature on earth, bees have their own unique way of coping with cold temperatures during the winter season.  Bees are not birds.  They don’t fly south, they hibernate and store copious amounts of their favorite sustenance honey.  Their sole job is to watch over the welfare of their queen.  They were Game of Thrones long before that show existed!

The bees WILL return.  You can count on it.  When they do, we invite you to visit www.waspsolutions.net.  On this website you will get a nice overview of what does and does not cause problems.  This is the website of Kurt at A Complete Pest Solution Chicagoland’s wasp and bee control experts.  Give them a call at (630) 464-1542.

March 2018 events calendar for Chicago

(Click the link above for more information)


"Plan out your March in Chicago with our calendar of the best things to do, including picks from theater, art and music."



Friday, February 16, 2018

6th annual Cider Summit Chicago

(Click the link above for more information)

Termites Know the Lay of the Land.

How long do you think these wood-destroying insects have been around?  Of course, no one knows for sure, but try hundreds of millions of years!  It wasn’t just your grandparent’s problem, it has been an annoyance for the entire human race since the beginning of time.  They live in colonies just a few feet or so below the ground.

How did they begin invading us?  Well, termites began attacking houses when the wooded areas were cleared for building construction and there was no other available source of food near their colony.  They are not in any hurry, but over a period of years they can and WILL do substantial damage to your home or office.

Fight back!  There may be millions of them and only a few of us, but we have A Complete Pest Solution.  They are one of Chicagoland’s premier termite eradication and control specialists.  Your home is truly your castle.  Make sure you protect it from these age-old insects.  Call Kurt and his team at A Complete Pest Solution at (630) 464-1542.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cockroaches Never Die!

That’s not true, it just seems that way.  Cockroaches have been plaguing the world since recorded history.  These resilient creatures have inhabited the earth for more than 300 million years.  Cockroaches have proven survival skills thanks to the help of humans and our habitats.  You may encounter some anywhere at any time.

There are four main cockroaches that can be found in the United States.  The German Cockroach, the Oriental Cockroach, the American Cockroach, and the Brown Banded Cockroach.  As we know all too well they are found in houses, restaurants, apartments, and single family homes.

There is a way to protect your home or business from these dirty, nasty, creatures.  The method must be safe for pets and odor free.  For decades the people of Chicagoland have turned to A Complete Pest Solution for safe and certain cockroach control.  For all of your pest control needs in 2018 contact Kurt at A Complete Pest Solution at (630) 464-1542.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums

(Click the link above for more information)
 
"Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a fortune in order to visit some of Chicago's best museums and cultural institutions."
 
 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Have you Thought about a 2018 Pest Control Agreement?

It may not seem important in the dead of winter, but if you live in an area of Chicagoland where the critters invade at different times of the year it is probably a great consideration.  In the past, pest control services were more reactive than proactive.  Today, homeowners with a plan avoid those infestations altogether.

Why year round you ask?  Well, the simple fact is that there is never a time of year when the threat of pests does not exist in the Western Suburbs of Chicagoland.  There is always some type of bug or rodent just waiting to get inside and wreak havoc on your home which is why it is always best to prevent such problems before they occur.

Kurt is a man with a plan!  As the owner of A Complete Pest Solution he will come to your home and devise a yearly pest control plan so that you may never have to deal with unwanted varmints in 2018 or any other time in the future of your castle.  See for yourself by giving him a call at (630) 464-1542.

Chicago Restaurant Week

(Click the link above for more information)

"Get a deal at your favorite restaurants or try a new spot during Chicago Restaurant Week."





Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Staying IN Business is the First Order of Business.

There is no denying that one.  As you form your business model for 2018 you are making sure that your insurance policies are paid in full, etc.  What about pest control?  Maybe that is something you intend to address when it rears its ugly head.  If you own a restaurant, for example, that may be too late!

It is a simple fact.  If a customer sees a bug in your business, it can bring commerce to its knees.  You cannot risk a pest control problem anywhere in Chicagoland just because it is January and you think you are safe for a bit.  You should know that there is a pest control company that is watching over your business twelve months a year.

The answer in Chicagoland for decades continues to be A Complete Pest Solution.  Kurt and his crew have been protecting residences and businesses of all sizes from all types of things that crawl and fly through PREVENTATIVE maintenance.  Call today and make a plan for 2018 at (630) 464-1542.