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Common Pests in Rockford, IL
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Rockford is the third largest city in the state of Illinois. Its size and geographic location make it a paradise for pests such as cockroaches, ants and domestic rodents. Many large cities like Rockford battle rodent infestations, as there is no shortage of food, water and shelter sources. These disease-carrying pests are highly adaptable and can survive when conditions are tough.
According to the University of Illinois, the common house mouse, Norway rat, deer mouse and white-footed mouse are the most common rodents found in the state. They can pose a risk to human health as they are implicated in the spread of diseases such as hantavirus and Lyme disease. Rodents can consume nearly anything that’s available to them. They can eat plant and animal matter, and rodents have been noted to chew on inedible materials like soap, books and cans. Residents can help reduce rodent populations in Rockford with some prevention techniques. Residents are encouraged to keep trash bins sealed and to eliminate water sources and excess debris on their properties. If a rodent infestation is suspected, pest experts recommend contacting a licensed pest management professional.
The neighboring metropolis, Chicago, is no stranger to bed bugs. In fact, The Windy City has made Orkin’s Top Bed Bug Cities list for a number of years. Smaller cities like Rockford are not immune to bed bug infestations. These tiny, biting pests can be found in most regions of the country and are often spotted in public places like gyms, universities, hotels, and hospitals, as well as homes. These pests are about the size of an apple seed and reddish brown in color. Although they are presently not known to transmit diseases, bites from the small pest can result in redness, swelling and itchiness. If a bed bug infestation is suspected, residents are urged to contact a pest control expert, as they have the tools and know-how to help rid a home of bed bugs and help prevent them from coming back.
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