It is estimated that nearly 75 percent of homes across North Carolina have crawl spaces. Fifteen percent have basements, leaving about 10 percent of homes on a slab. Needless to say, crawl spaces are popular across the Tar Heel State, and for a good reason.
Gardening is a favorite pastime for many, especially for those looking to connect with the natural world and protect mother nature. However, if you are using synthetic pesticides, your gardening may be doing more harm than good. It turns out synthetic pesticides are terrible for the environment and harmful to livestock, crops, humans, and pets alike.
This is why natural pest control is a better way for gardeners to keep pests away from their gardens without having to employ harsh chemicals or pesticides. This practice involves using natural methods to control pests, such as beneficial insects, companion planting, and other organic methods.
With spring right around the corner, every homeowner is fretting about the often-loathed practice of spring cleaning. Every year spring cleaning can feel like an overwhelming chore with no end in sight, but it can actually do a lot more to help your home than you may think.
An effective spring cleaning not only leaves your home looking fresh and clean but is a powerful preventative measure to avoid many common pest infestations that plague homes. However, many people believe that a clean home must be bug-proof. Sadly, that is not always the case.
North Carolina and Virginia are both states in the southeastern United States and are prone to several types of pest problems.
In North Carolina, the most common pests include mosquitoes, ticks, bed bugs, and cockroaches. The state also faces problems with ants, fleas, flies, and rodents such as mice and rats. These pests can cause damage to homes and businesses, spread disease, and bite or sting people and pets.
Similarly, Virginia also faces similar pest problems with the addition of carpenter ants and stink bugs. The state's warm, humid climate and dense forests provide ideal conditions for pests to thrive.
While these pests are certainly a problem, the worst kind of pests are those that do damage. Wood-destroying insects can wreak havoc on your property.
No one enjoys having a pest in their home. They are gross and smelly but did you know they could also be contributing to your allergies? Household pests have the ability to cause a number of allergies. Allergens released into the air by pests such as cockroaches, dust mites, and rodents can trigger allergic reactions.
Pests can also spread bacteria and other pathogens that can cause allergic reactions in humans. In addition, pests can contaminate food supplies, causing reactions in people who are allergic to the bacteria or other pathogens present in the contaminated food.
Pests can also cause allergies through their bites or stings, as well as by increasing the amount of dust and debris in the home, which can exacerbate allergies in people who are sensitive to dust and other allergens.
All of these reasons highlight just how much damage pests can do. This article will explore five ways that the pests within your home may be causing your allergy flare-ups.