We live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. The Piedmont and foothills of the Carolinas and Virginia are home to peaceful rolling hills, stunning fast-flowing rivers, expansive views, and abundant wildlife. Each season has its distinctive beauty. 

In spring, our area bursts in color as flowers and trees bloom. The greens of summer invite us to explore nature and provide the opportunity to see animals and swim in cold water swimming holes. The changing leaves put on a magnificent display during fall, while winter gives us a chance to see our area blanketed in snow.

Regardless of your favorite season, we all want to make sure we preserve and protect what makes our area special. Nevertheless, even the prettiest places are plagued by pesky pests. Some pests are not just a nuisance; they can damage our homes and threaten our health. How can we eradicate them without causing harm to the things we love? 

Buying a home is one of the best investments you and your family can make. It is not just a financial investment:

  • Purchasing a home is an investment in your family’s security. Each member knows they have a safe place to return at the end of a long day. 
  • Purchasing a home is an investment in your family’s happiness. Your home is the primary place your family will get to make memories together. 
  • Purchasing a home is an investment in your family’s future. Your home will be something to which your children can return even when they are grown. 
  • Purchasing a home is an investment in your family’s future generations. It will become a place where your children’s children will grow and make memories. 

Homeownership is not, however, always a positive experience. Homes require almost constant maintenance. Sometimes, it feels like one thing after the other has to be inspected, addressed, or repaired. 

Summertime is wonderful, and that means plenty of time outdoors, trips to swimming holes, and cookouts with friends. With summer, it always seems like there are more flies out and about, trying to find their way inside of your home. Not only are flies annoying, but in some cases can spread disease. 

Flies are found pretty much anywhere that humans can live. In fact, the only places you cannot find them are at the polar ice caps. While they are around year-round, flies prefer warmer temperatures, especially in summer to early fall. 

Flies and fruit flies can be found in swarming trash cans, rotten food, and other sources and carry parasites and diseases to everything from surfaces that we come in contact with and possibly our food. Some of the pathogens that they can cause are typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and more. 

Autumn is coming up soon, and we all know what that means, stink bugs. Stink bugs are one of many fall pests that can be found in North Carolina.  They invade every part of your home, your work, and even your vehicles. But where did these evil creatures come from?

Why are they here? And what is the deal with the smell? We may not know everything about stink bugs, but we have gathered a few fast facts about stink bugs, as well as a few tips on how to get rid of these smelly pests. 

Do you want to know how to get rid of house flies in your house? The common pests, which have a single pair of wings and complex red eyes, are known to breed in kitchen bins, feces, or on spoiled food piles. 

We've compiled the best advice and natural solutions to try to help you prevent house flies. While house flies can be extremely tough to eliminate, there are some natural ways to keep them away.