The holiday season is finally here in the Carolinas and Virginia. Residents have waited through a long, difficult year to finally have an opportunity to rest and relax. While Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings may look different this year than they usually do, people are finding creative ways to make sure they get time together. At Rid-A-Bug, we are as excited as anyone for the holidays.

Some people think that pests go away during fall and winter, but that could not be further from the truth. Unfortunately, some pests actually wait until the weather cools before they invade your home. If you are hosting small groups of your friends and family, we want to help you have as few pests as possible.

When the weather outside is frightful… mice look for warm, dry, safe accommodations that are close to food sources. You guessed it; they are looking to take up residence in your home. These pests prefer darker, hidden areas, such as attics and walls. This makes them more challenging to trap - but far from impossible. Armed with a few expert tips, you can kick out these freeloading critters and keep them from coming back.

Mickey and Minnie notwithstanding, no one likes mice in their homes or businesses. Many of us have a natural aversion to these four-legged pests, but they can also carry and spread diseases like hantavirus, salmonellosis, and listeria through their droppings, urine, saliva, and nests. Suddenly, those cute little critters are not so cute. Mice like to invade warm, dry shelters (e.g. your attic, basement, or kitchen!) ahead of the cold months and make themselves comfy. How can you fix (and better yet, avoid) this pest problem? 

It’s a little tiny mouse. What’s the big problem? Disney movies and cute cartoons aside, mice can cause a wide assortment of health and safety problems. And when you see one mouse, you can reasonably expect that there will be more (especially if they are producing litters - which they do at an astonishing rate of between five and ten a year… of between five and a dozen pups!). What can you do about it? Professional mice extermination is the most effective way to rid your space of these pesky intruders - and keep them from coming back.

There are a few reasons to go outside during summer. You might go to the pool or the beach, or find a waterfall and cool swimming hole, but otherwise, summer is a season to crank the A/C and stay inside. Mosquitos and ticks abound, while the humidity makes the South feel like a sauna. Of course, we are kidding, there is plenty to enjoy about summer in our area. However, as summer fades to fall, the mosquitos and ticks go away and residents of Virginia and the Carolinas can truly enjoy the great outdoors again. 

There is one problem pest that often finds its scary stride in late summer through the fall. Spiders. No one likes spiders, unless, of course, they are fake haunted house decorations.