:Bed Bugs
2 06, 2017

Bed Bug Dog Retires, Says Farewell on CBS 58

June 2nd, 2017|Bed Bugs, News, Pests|

In April, Wil-Kil announced the retirement of Max, their first bed bug canine, and the first bed bug canine for hire in the state of Wisconsin. [...]

14 03, 2017

Protecting Your Hotel’s Reputation from Bed Bugs

March 14th, 2017|Bed Bugs, Lodging & hospitality|

The high traffic nature of your business means you are a prime target for bed bug infestations. The unfortunate truth is that there is really [...]

6 03, 2017

Bed Bugs Don’t Discriminate Against Five Star Hotels

March 6th, 2017|Bed Bugs, Lodging & hospitality|

It’s a universal truth that there is some risk of encountering bed bugs while you are travelling and staying in high traffic areas like hotels [...]

17 10, 2016

Handling Bed Bug Situations in University Residence Halls

October 17th, 2016|Bed bugs, Bed Bugs, Blog, Multi-unit housing, Property management|

Over the past year, one Ivy League school made headlines for having six individual instances of bed bugs in their campus housing. While the incidents [...]

10 06, 2016

Combating Chemical Resistant Bed Bugs

June 10th, 2016|Bed Bugs, Blog|

Bed bugs are the pest world’s most elusive insect. They escape into mattress fabric and appear in the nighttime hours to disturb our sleep with [...]

28 03, 2016

Be Wary of these Risk Pests on your Spring Break Trip

March 28th, 2016|Bed Bugs, News, Pest Prevention|

As you pack your bags and jet-off to a warm location for spring break vacation, Zika Virus and bed bugs may be greeting you upon your arrival. Zika Virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is prevalent in popular spring break destinations and is an ongoing threat that travelers should be aware of. In addition to Zika Virus, bed bugs are also a pest to be aware of while traveling as they can be found in hotels across the globe and can easily hitch a ride back home if you are not careful. To avoid these risk pests, read the tips below so you can relax on your spring break trip.

1 03, 2016

Wil-Kil Pest Control Adds Third Bed Bug Dog

March 1st, 2016|Bed Bugs, News|

Wil-Kil Pest Control, the Upper Midwest’s quality leader in pest management, is excited to announce the addition of Bull to its bed bug canine team. Bull joins forces with Max and Daisy to become one of the most effective bed bug canine teams in the state.

21 01, 2016

Wil-Kil Advises Travelers to Brush Up on Bed Bug Prevention Tips

January 21st, 2016|Bed Bugs, News, Pest Prevention|

With the winter weather in full force, the time has come for Wisconsinites to seek warmer weather. Yet humans are not the only ones traveling – bed bugs are on the move too. Whether you choose to stay at a hostel, Airbnb or a five-star hotel, bed bugs could become your newest travel buddy. According to the National Pest Management Association, bed bugs were ranked number one among the Top 10 Pests of the Year in 2015. This means that in 2015, bed bugs were the pest that encountered the most queries from the public, including an interest in general information, photos and facts.

8 12, 2015

An Airbnb Host’s Guide to Bed Bugs

December 8th, 2015|Bed Bugs, Lodging & hospitality|

In the age of the “sharing economy,” companies such as Airbnb and HomeAway have drastically changed options regarding travel accommodations. With nearly two million combined [...]

17 06, 2015

Multi-Unit Housing And Pests

June 17th, 2015|Bed Bugs, Multi-unit housing, Rodents|

Do you own or manage multi-unit housing? What does a typical day look like for you? Does it inevitably have something to do with a maintenance issue that has gotten out of hand, a disgruntled tenant who can't stand one more day of listening to Mr. Leadfoot in the apartment above or reports about bugs? Welcome to the wonderful world of property management! It's great. Isn't it? But, it could be worse. Much worse.

If you have a broken gutter system that is allowing water to soak and damage your walls, you're going to get that fixed immediately. You understand that water can seep into hard to reach areas and create frustrating repair headaches that cost thousands to fix. As soon as that bleeps on your radar, it flies to the top of your priority list. Bug reports should do the same. Here's why.

  • It goes without saying that most people don't like to live in an apartment that has roaches, rats, mice, bed bugs and other dirty pests. If you have a problem with these pests, it is only a matter of time before you replace good tenants, with desperate tenants that are willing to live anywhere, as long as it is cheap. This is not the way to retain the rental value of your property. But I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.

  • Pest problems can lead to litigation. If left unchecked, you could deal with a joint lawsuit that requires you to pay reparations for pest control costs, damage to property and personal injury. Successful bed bug lawsuits have been awarded for as much as $800,000.

  • Even if you don't suffer a lawsuit, pests can still affect your bottom line. Studies have shown that businesses that implement an Integrated Pest Management plan for their businesses actually increase revenue: Banks make more money, factories produce more goods and stores sell more product. What does this mean for property management? People thrive in environments that don't have pests. If this is true, the converse should be true as well. Pests have a direct effect on the happiness of tenants, and an unhappy tenant can produce many problems for a property owner or manager.

  • Effective pest management gives the impression that a property is sound, even if there are repair issues that need to be addressed. By making pest management the priority, you will have more success filling rentals, and be able to generate the money needed to address repairs.

Contact Wil-Kil Pest Control and we'll write up a plan for your property. Financial success begins with proper pest management. 

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