“Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” Yes, this is a classic Christmas poem - but it does bring up a relevant point! Do mice, and other rodents, really sleep or hibernate over the winter? The answer is not a straightforward yes or no. There are over 1500 different species of rodents - and they don’t all share the same habits. Obviously, you won’t have a capybara taking up residence in your attic (the world’s largest rodent looks like a guinea pig… a guinea pig that’s the size of a golden retriever!)... but you are probably concerned about more common pests.
You know how you love to snuggle in and get all cozy in your home when the weather outside is frightful? Unfortunately, pests like to do the same. During the summer, they have plentiful access to food, warmth, and shelter; when it’s cold, they start looking for these resources inside your house. These five common winter pests in North Carolina and Virginia are like nightmare relatives or the worst Airbnb guests ever. What are some signs of infestation - and how do you evict these pests from your home?
Being a homeowner is supposed to have some challenges. You expect this, and you learn and master them one by one. What starts as frustration can often turn into pride before long. Yet there are those few heart-dropping moments when something completely unfair happens. One of these is finding termites in your home. Before you panic, it's important to verify that they are really termites. Do you know the difference?
The decorations are up. The tree is lit. Christmas movies are playing every evening. Tis the season to be merry and bright. However, if you live in the Carolinas or Virginia, it is still a season of indoor pests. Spiders are weaving, termites are eating, and roaches are skittering throughout fall and winter. If you have or someone you know is dealing with pests during the holiday season, give the gift of professional pest control.
Vacation is a time to get away from the most stressful parts of winter. Maybe you're taking a break from the cold and the short daylight hours. Perhaps you're getting away from work for a bit and shaking your stresses away. Whatever the reason, the last thing you want your vacation to add is more stress. That's why it's important to adopt a few simple habits that can help you avoid pest issues.