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Carpenter Ants in Window Casing

Carpenter Ants in Window Casing

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Last week I got a call from a Raleigh, NC homeowner who thought they had termites swarming in their kitchen window-sill. January 31st is a little early for a termite swarm her in the Raleigh/Durham area (click here to see the difference between ant and termite swarmers) so I went to check it out. It was actually carpenter ants. We have had some unusually warm days and the window was catchin...
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Insulated Windows Gas Seal Failures

Insulated Windows Gas Seal Failures

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013
During our home inspections, when we inspect homes with insulated windows, we normally see at least one with a failed gas seal. What does this mean? Typically, insulated windows have two panes of window glass that sandwich a “dead air” space that is filled with argon or an other related gas. This is what provides you with the insulation properties, R-value (what is R value?) of t...
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Home Inspections 101

Home Inspections 101

  • Saturday, January 26, 2013
Home Inspections 101 Innovative Pest Solutions offers more than pest control services in the Raleigh/Durham area. Over six years ago we saw that adding Home Inspections to our list of services would be a great benefit to our customer and our business. We get questions all the time like: “What is a home inspection?” “What are you looking for during a home inspection?” ...
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Two Roaches Seeking a Warm Home

Two Roaches Seeking a Warm Home

  • Monday, November 19, 2012
There are many pests that search for warm shelter come the fall season of each year. Two of the more common are the Pennsylvania wood roach and the Smokeybrown roach. The Pennsylvania wood roach is an outdoor pest which rarely survive indoors, and are usually found under tree bark and in wood piles. But they are attracted to light, and in the fall may seek temporary shelter in your home. Th...
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Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder Bugs

  • Thursday, September 27, 2012
Boxelder bugs usually are found in the yard, on sidewalks, and on the exterior of the sunny side of the house. Only occasionally do they make their way indoors. They are easily identified with the three red stripes on their black bodies, although it can be confused with the golden rain tree bug that we talked about elsewhere. The boxelder bug loves to feed on the seeds of maple trees(the seeds ...
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Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

  • Monday, September 24, 2012
Have you ever stepped on or touched a large spider, only to see hundreds of tiny spiderlings jump off and run out in all directions? It was probably a wolf spider. Other than carrying their babies on their back for several days, other characteristics of a wolf spider include hunting and pursuing their prey (no webs needed), large and quick, commonly found around home exteriors and garages, and ...
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