We have all been there. The weather is finally warm enough to use your deck or patio. You, your family, and some close friends you invited are all enjoying the late afternoon sun as it sets behind the trees. Maybe you are grilling and telling stories while the kids play in the yard. The temperature feels great, so you just turn the porch lights on and prepare to hang out through the evening. But you hear the faintest little buzz, followed by the tiniest prick. You slap your arm, but it’s too late to help. Then, your guests are swatting and slapping at little black teeth with wings. The kids begin running back from the yard, and everyone is retreating to the house. Unfortunately, the pests just follow you right into the house. Yet another evening was ruined by mosquitoes. 

Mosquitoes are part of life in the Carolinas and Virginia. They have been known to spoil many family get-togethers and spread harmful diseases. If you have a mosquito problem, you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. In this article, we are talking about mosquitoes and how to get rid of them. 

There is a lot to love about late spring and early summer in the foothills and mountains of the Carolinas and Virginia. It is the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. We are surrounded by hundreds of thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore. Rivers and creeks roll from the ridges through the valleys, inviting people to go whitewater rafting, kayaking, or fly fishing. It is a season where you can comfortably sit outdoors at your favorite restaurant or on your own patio well into the evening. You can get out and grill, garden, and set up the sprinkler for the kids. 

If there is a downside to this time of year, it might be slithering around your yard or in your attic. You may find it under a rock or hiding in the rafters of your barn. You may see it in your garden or crossing your path on your lawn. Snakes are an unfortunate part of the summer. Finding one can be quite frightening for you and your family. 

Here is what you can do about snakes. 

There are over 3,000 species of snakes around the world, but there are few prominent types that tend to live in Western North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. While these species can be spotted in other areas, the kind of snake you will likely find depends on your surroundings. While it’s possible to be bitten by snakes, it should be noted that snakes are not poisonous, but they are venomous. This means they can only transfer venom through a bite that can be life-threatening to a human.

To get a better idea of what you may be dealing with, here are the most common reptiles.

Your home is your family's sanctuary. It is the place you go to rest and recharge after a long day at work. It is where you make lasting memories with your favorite people. You do everything you can to make sure your house is more than walls and a roof. You decorate, paint, and personalize every square inch of it. It is your safe space. When there are pests in your home, you need them gone as soon as possible. Some insects are worse and more aggravating than others. Bed bugs are among the most frustrating pests experienced by residents of the Carolinas and Virginia. It is frustrating enough to have any insects in your home, but pests that live where you sleep are the worst. In this article, we are discussing what causes bed bugs, and how to avoid them. 

Carpenter ants don’t cause as much damage as termites and other pests, but they can be quite a nuisance.

They get their name from their nest building, where they will excavate the wood and form tunnels inside the wood. Unlike termites, they do not eat woods but only chew through wood to make tunnels and create nests. Carpenter ants' damage appears from their need to create nests in wooden items like desks and stumps. If your house is infested, read on for how to get rid of black carpenter ants, and what carpenter ant treatment to use.