A wasp here and there is no cause for alarm; during the summer months, we often see these winged pests in our yards and gardens. But if you’re seeing (and hearing) a larger number than usual, it’s likely you have a nest that is a little too close for comfort. What do you do if your property is buzzing or you spot a wasp nest? 

Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes, and it’s estimated that approximately one-third of us suffers from it. Here in North Carolina, we wouldn’t call it a phobia, necessarily; rather, most of us have a healthy fear for these reptiles and understand the importance of keeping a safe distance. Venomous snakes can inflict painful damage and can trigger life-threatening emergencies. Knowing how to identify the venomous snakes in our own backyard (or hiking trails, fishing spots, etc.) is essential. 

Summer brings a lot of lovely things with it: warm weather, rain, flowers. It can also bring some less appealing things. Pests start to run rampant in summer. Part of it's the warm weather. They start to become more active. Part of it's the wet weather. Animals that might be fine even in winter's cold look for shelter when their habitat is saturated. There are 7 common pests to watch out for, in the home and out of it. Some are nuisances, some are dangerous, some cause damage. Here's what you need to know about them:

Bugs love a few different things. They look for particular conditions to help them breed and increase their numbers. They need shelter, moisture, and access to food. Your home may provide all three of these, especially if you have a wet or humid basement. That makes for an ideal environment for infestation. How do you solve it? There are a number of steps that are each achievable. Take them one by one, and you can solve the problem:

The family of Linnie Roberts, our Rid-A-Bug founder, would like to honor his memory during May; the month of his death by announcing the following: