The process of exterminating a pest infestation in your home, whether it be cockroaches or termites, or fleas, can be time-consuming and costly. Depending on the type and severity of the infestation, it could take weeks for your home to return to normal.

One particular type of pest that is difficult and expensive to get rid of is bed bugs. If you have a bed bug infestation, you might wonder if your homeowners insurance can help you pay for the extermination. Though homeowners insurance covers a variety of devastating life events, bed bugs and other pest infestations are typically not one of them.



For many, the spring and summer months are the best time of year. People associate this season with sunshine and warm temperatures. The weather is perfect for cookouts and outdoor gatherings. The pools are open, and the water is comfortable. Here in the piedmont and foothills, we are not too far away from the beach for a day trip or weekend getaway. When the mercury climbs too high, we can go up to the higher elevations around Boone, Blowing Rock, and the Grayson Highlands to get a break from the humidity and explore the mountains. 

While there is so much to love and enjoy about the summer, it is also the season for annoying pests and wildlife. We must diligently watch our homes and property for venomous snakes and spiders, termites, and carpenter ants. These types of insects and wildlife threaten our family or could damage our homes. But there is a certain pest that might be the most annoying of all.

While we don't associate mosquitoes with being directly harmful to our family members, they are prevalent in our area and can be incredibly aggravating. mosquitoes might be more of a threat than a mere aggravation. 



We have all been there. The weather is finally warm enough to use your deck or patio. You, your family, and some close friends you invited are all enjoying the late afternoon sun as it sets behind the trees. Maybe you are grilling and telling stories while the kids play in the yard. The temperature feels great, so you just turn the porch lights on and prepare to hang out through the evening. But you hear the faintest little buzz, followed by the tiniest prick. You slap your arm, but it’s too late to help. Then, your guests are swatting and slapping at little black teeth with wings. The kids begin running back from the yard, and everyone is retreating to the house. Unfortunately, the pests just follow you right into the house. Yet another evening was ruined by mosquitoes. 

Mosquitoes are part of life in the Carolinas and Virginia. They have been known to spoil many family get-togethers and spread harmful diseases. If you have a mosquito problem, you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. In this article, we are talking about mosquitoes and how to get rid of them. 



There is a lot to love about late spring and early summer in the foothills and mountains of the Carolinas and Virginia. It is the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. We are surrounded by hundreds of thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore. Rivers and creeks roll from the ridges through the valleys, inviting people to go whitewater rafting, kayaking, or fly fishing. It is a season where you can comfortably sit outdoors at your favorite restaurant or on your own patio well into the evening. You can get out and grill, garden, and set up the sprinkler for the kids. 

If there is a downside to this time of year, it might be slithering around your yard or in your attic. You may find it under a rock or hiding in the rafters of your barn. You may see it in your garden or crossing your path on your lawn. Snakes are an unfortunate part of the summer. Finding one can be quite frightening for you and your family. 

Here is what you can do about snakes. 



There are over 3,000 species of snakes around the world, but there are few prominent types that tend to live in Western North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. While these species can be spotted in other areas, the kind of snake you will likely find depends on your surroundings. While it’s possible to be bitten by snakes, it should be noted that snakes are not poisonous, but they are venomous. This means they can only transfer venom through a bite that can be life-threatening to a human.

To get a better idea of what you may be dealing with, here are the most common reptiles.