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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about "aggressive" rats looking for food during the pandemic. As the rodents find their way inside homes, experts share how you can defend yourself against the tiny invaders.

Although streets across Chicago have been mostly empty during the pandemic, pest control experts are now noticing rats are out in full force. With bars and restaurants empty, rats are being spotted in residential areas, including homes, yards, and even cars.

CDC issues warning of 'aggressive rats'

The CDC has issued a warning about aggressive rats looking for food during the pandemic. Pest control experts say rats are out in full force and desperately looking for new sources of food with bars and restaurants closed.

Chicago Woman Says Neighborhood is 'Overrun' with Rats

See Crow Pros as a Chicago woman says her southwest side neighborhood is overrun with rats, and she says not enough is being done. NBC 5's Regina Waldroup has more

Chicago rat complaints on the rise after mild winter

ABC7's I-Team first reported on the world's oldest drug mule in 2012. Now the story of Leo "Drug Mule" Sharp appears headed for the silver screen backed by a Hollywood icon.

Does my dog have fleas?

This video will show you what fleas look like and what flea dirt looks like. We have also shown the sores left on a dog after they have been bitten by the fleas and irritated by the flea eggs.

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The odorous house ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut smell it gives off if crushed. These tiny dark brown ants are less than 1/8″ long. Odorous house ants form strong foraging trails in search of food sources (sweets are their favorite). They form massive, multi-queened super-colonies and will move their nests about every 3 months in response to rainfall. Indoors, odorous house ants nest near moisture sources, such as in wall voids near hot water pipes, in heaters, beneath leaky fixtures and inside wood that has been damaged by termites. Outside, odorous ants are found in exposed soil or under stacks of firewood. They prefer lush, humus-rich soils and are very common in/around garden borders.


Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under concrete slabs, bricks, or pavement blocks. These ants form large, multi-queened colonies that can infest structures and are challenging to control. They are red-brown in color, frequently have small crater-like nest entrances, and will eat almost anything. Pavement ants have been known to consume insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese. They forage in trails for distances up to 30 ft.and are known to climb masonry walls that enter into unoccupied areas such as attics. They can also live in or under flat roofs. In structures, pavement ants are most likely to be found in ground-level masonry walls, but will also nest in walls, insulation and under floors. Outside, these ants typically nest under stones, pavement blocks and next to buildings.

Bald Faced Hornet

Bald faced hornets are relatives of the yellow jacket who get their name from the predominant black markings on their bodies and mostly white face. This stinging insect falls under the hornet category because of its large size and aerial nest. Bald faced hornets are social insects that live in colonies containing one hundred to four hundred members. They usually appear in late summer when populations are at their largest. Like other stinging insects in our area (with the exception of honey bees), the bald faced hornet does not reuse their nest season after season. Bald faced hornets build paper nests at least three or more feet off of the ground, usually in trees, shrubs, on overhangs, utility poles, houses, sheds and other structures. These nests can be as large as 14 inches in diameter and more than 24 inches in length. Although bald faced hornets consume caterpillars and other agricultural pests, they can be aggressive towards humans and will attack if their nest is disturbed. These hornets have smooth stingers that allow them to sting their victims repeatedly. Bald faced hornet stings carry venom that causes pain and irritation.

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