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? 

Many times, a pest infestation is not so apparent as seeing ants marching across the counter or spotting mice darting under your refrigerator. No, it can be much more subtle - but no less serious. How do you know your home is about to be infested? 

More and more of us want to live more sustainable, environmentally-responsible lives, and this is a commendable goal! When it comes to pest control, what does this look like? Integrated pest management is an eco-conscious approach that uses our knowledge of pest life cycles, as well as their habits of interacting with their environment, to safely and effectively manage these problem populations. It minimizes environmental impact and the hazard to people and property. Want to learn more about IPM? You’re in luck.