Before we dive into this article’s topic, we want to remind you of everything you love about living in the Carolinas or Virginia. Do you love the weather, the year-round mild temperatures, the occasional snowfall, and the way the mist rests in the valleys of the foothills? Do you love having access to the mountains and thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails? Do you love the Virginia Creeper Trail, the New River Trail, and all the greenways in every small town and region? Do you love the thriving economy and welcoming thousands of new neighbors who relocate to this special place?

We wanted to remind you of those good things because in this article we’re discussing ants.

It has probably happened to you: you returned home from work or vacation to find thousands of tiny creatures have invaded your house. Maybe you poured a bowl of cereal only to find that there was a new disgusting flavor. Maybe you saw them marching through a container of muffins you thought you sealed tight. Maybe you see them crawling along your wall in a bizarre pattern, going in and out through the tiniest crack or shut window that just doesn’t quite close all the way.

Upon seeing this tiny plague, you may have gone on a smashing spree. Otherwise, you probably searched the internet or asked loved ones for every home remedy on the books. Unfortunately, ants have been doing what they do for thousands of years. They are not easily deterred. In this article, we want to help you with some solutions for how to prevent ants from invading your home and what to do when you encounter them. 

It is cold here in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. We have already dealt with rounds of snow and ice, and the disruptions that come with winter weather. There is still a long way to go before spring. 

You might be thinking, at least winter kills all the begs, creepy-crawlies, and insects; however, in our area, pests can persist at your home or business all year long. It is a myth that bugs all die or hide when the temperature drops below freezing. There are some that take the winter off, like mosquitoes, but there are others that either take their place or come out specifically for the cooler temperatures. In this article, we are helping you identify common winter pests, and helping you know what you can do to get them out of your hair.

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.

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.