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Where do insects go during the winter?

Where do insects go during the winter?

  • Friday, December 13, 2019
As the weather gets colder, you’ll likely notice fewer insects outside. Where did they go? The answer to this question depends on the insect species.  Migration Some insects, such as the famous monarch butterfly example, migrate to warmer climates during cold months. When temperatures rise in the spring, migrating insects will return to the Raleigh area. Monarchs are not the only insects...
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Pests in Your Christmas Tree

Pests in Your Christmas Tree

  • Monday, December 09, 2019
Fa la la la eww! Why are there bugs in my Christmas tree? Nothing beats the woodsy smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree, but sometimes these trees bring little surprises with them from the tree farm. The most common organisms you may find in your tree are spiders and aphids.  Spiders The size and types of spiders you may find in your tree will vary immensely. While finding spiders can be u...
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Boxelder Bugs in your home

Boxelder Bugs in your home

  • Friday, December 06, 2019
Tis the season . . . for boxelder bugs? Let’s learn more about these occasional pests.  Many homeowners are surprised to see insects in their homes during the winter—especially unfamiliar insects like the boxelder bug. This blog post was inspired by my own observation of one of these insects crawling in my home’s entryway this past week.  What is a boxelder bug? Boxelder bugs are red...
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Mice

Mice

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Cold weather means increased mice problems for homeowners. What should you do if you think you have a mouse in your home?  Let’s first discuss how the mouse got there in the first place. As we discussed in our last blog post, your home has many potential entry points for pests. All a mouse needs is a ¼ inch gap to enter your home. A gap this size is very common around garage or crawlspace...
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Common entry points for pests

Common entry points for pests

  • Monday, November 25, 2019
We have discussed in previous blog posts how improperly sealed homes are prone to insect problems. What are the most common entry points for pests? Doors. Your doors bring both invited guests and uninvited pests into your home! Take a few minutes to inspect all exterior doors in your home to make sure they are tightly sealed. Run your hand along the door seams. If you feel a draft, you don’t h...
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Do I need pest control in the winter?

Do I need pest control in the winter?

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019
Customers frequently ask us if pest control is needed in the winter months here in the Raleigh area. We always answer YES and here’s why! Year-round control offers better preventative protection. Keeping your home protected throughout the winter offers better preventative control once spring (and the large pest numbers that come with it) arrives. Without maintaining your management schedule, p...
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