There is a lot to love about living in the Carolinas and Virginia. If you live in the foothills or piedmont, you are never more than a few hours from the beach or the mountains. You can drive right up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and have a picnic or watch the sunset, grab your bike and hit some of the premier trails on the East Coast, or float down a river if that is more your speed. We have had a strong economy for many years, with an excellent job market and career opportunities. There are several small businesses, restaurants, and retail shops to explore throughout the small towns and larger cities in the region. You can get a great home for an affordable price, and as the area continues to grow, you can generally expect it to increase in equity. 

If you have property anywhere in the South, you know that insects and rodents can be a problem. It might be the one downside to our area; although, pests are an issue everywhere. There are several ways to deal with unwanted pesky house pests, but nothing is as effective as a quality, licensed professional extermination company. If you are new to the area or have been searching for a professional exterminator, we want to help you through the process in this article. 

Families throughout the Carolinas and Virginia were looking forward to the holiday season all year. It has been an unusual year. Christmas and New Year's represent a semblance of normalcy and opportunity for families to spend time together, even if many have had to forgo traditional gatherings for the sake of safety. 

In the foothills and piedmont of North Carolina and Virginia, it is common throughout the last weeks of November and December to see vehicles with Christmas trees strapped to their roofs. This year we have seen it more than ever: as people return from their mountain excursions with their perfect trees, they are eagerly anticipating decorating them with ornaments and lights. However, few are thinking about the arrival of Christmas tree pests as part of the tree's charm. 

Buying a home in the Carolinas and Virginia is a smart decision. For many years, our region has been growing rapidly. Whether you were in the foothills, Piedmont, or high country, you can look around and see what it is that draws new residents to our area. From wide mountain views to the rolling hills of the lower elevations to pristine rivers and creeks, there is a substantial amount of natural wonder. Our economy has remained strong even when much of the country suffered, so there are great jobs and careers when you do move here.

While buying a house is often a wise financial decision, especially as opposed to renting, homeowners often find themselves budgeting for things they might not have expected -- or at least they wish they had budgeted for unexpected repairs and maintenance. Homeowners must budget for heating and air conditioning repair and replacement, water heater maintenance, a new roof every 15 years or so, painting and staining, and a host of other issues. One expense for which you may not have accounted is pest control. However, planning what to spend on pest control and insect management related issues, can ensure that you get the most out of your budget.

Where do snakes live? Well… pretty much everywhere. Snakes can be found in virtually every locale - and in many backyards - around the world. In our neck of the woods, the following are common: eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, timber rattlesnakes, eastern coral snakes, Carolina pygmy rattlesnakes, northern pine snakes, and Carolina water snakes. Many species are venomous and can cause significant damage to people and pets. Now, let’s get a bit more specific: where do snakes live when they find their way onto your property?

Even if you don’t love winter, it does offer a nice little break from our unofficial fifth season: Mosquito Season. Ahh, enjoy! But does cold weather really mean fewer bugs and creepy crawlies? Does it really kill pests?