There are a few reasons to go outside during summer. You might go to the pool or the beach, or find a waterfall and cool swimming hole, but otherwise, summer is a season to crank the A/C and stay inside. Mosquitos and ticks abound, while the humidity makes the South feel like a sauna. Of course, we are kidding, there is plenty to enjoy about summer in our area. However, as summer fades to fall, the mosquitos and ticks go away and residents of Virginia and the Carolinas can truly enjoy the great outdoors again. 

There is one problem pest that often finds its scary stride in late summer through the fall. Spiders. No one likes spiders, unless, of course, they are fake haunted house decorations.

A long hot summer finally seems to have come to an end. After a relatively warm winter and spring, summer seemed to bring an excess of the pests and critters we hate the most. Ants, termites, spiders, stink bugs, and ticks were certainly plentiful this year. Homeowners in the Carolinas and Virginia also noticed quite a bit of their least favorite wildlife. 

Notably, there were snakes a-plenty throughout the warm season.

Fall is in the air. It is the best time of year in North Carolina and Virginia. We finally get a break from the potentially oppressive heat of summer, with cool nights and mornings. The ground is still warm and temperatures pleasant during the day. Most mornings start with wispy mist rising from the rivers and draping the foothills and mountains in blankets of puffy fog. Through October and November, the mountains, hills, and valleys turn marvelous shades of orange, red, and purple. It is a season for enjoying the outdoors, building campfires, and watching sports with your friends and family. 

People often want to believe that pests go away the first time the weather gets cool enough to justify wearing a sweater; however, there are bugs that plague us throughout fall and winter.

If you ask residents of the Carolinas and Virginia about their favorite season, a few might say summer for the warmth, or spring for the smells and colors. Many will proudly answer that Autumn is by far the best season to be in our area. From campfires and pumpkin spice to changing leaves and sweater-weather, the fall is a great time to be in the foothills and piedmont.


One of the best things about Fall is Halloween. For most years, it means decorating your home in the scariest manner possible and trick-or-treating. Your neighborhood becomes a frightening place to be outdoors. Not really, of course, it’s all in good fun. But a real reason to be scared is likely hiding in your home’s floors, walls, and furniture.

For those of us who call North Carolina home, tropical storms and hurricanes are the cost of doing business in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. We know what to do: we stock up on essentials. We board up windows. We check on our neighbors. We keep up with the weather forecasts. We prepare to hunker down or to evacuate, as needed. But one thing we do not typically think of is pests. That’s right: when severe weather storms roll in, they can bring a spike in pest populations. Why? And what do you do to guard against infestations in your home?