Ticks are one of the most feared and despised creatures in the world. The very mention of the word sends chills down the spines of residents of the Carolinas and Virginia. They are as universally hated as mosquitos. Reasons people hate ticks include:

  • They are small enough that you cannot see them when you’re outside.
  • They intentionally hide on your person. 
  • They literally latch onto your skin and suck your blood. 
  • They are difficult to remove once they do start biting you.
  • They can make you sick with Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. 
  • They like your pets as much as they like you. 

Are ticks an inevitable part of living in our area? Even though summer is drawing to a close, tick season will still be in full swing for many months. Unfortunately, they are common in virtually every outdoor space almost year-round. 

There are, however, some things you can do to help naturally repel them from yourself and your yard. Here are a few natural remedies for ticks, and what you need to do if they don’t do the trick.

In our previous article from our series on cockroaches, we discussed how to identify and get rid of roaches. Cockroaches have been around for a long time. The dinosaurs were plagued by ancient versions of them, just like we are. 

Their longevity and adaptability are of little comfort to home and business owners in the Carolinas and Virginia. Cockroaches can survive extreme temperatures and situations where there are few resources. 

There are no pests that homeowners would say they enjoy having in their homes. Some, however, are certainly worse than others. You probably think about spiders as some of our least favorite. Mosquitos are another pest about which we hear a lot of complaints. 

No one likes bed bugs or ants. However, no pest elicits a visceral response like cockroaches. It is not just their speedy movements and horrifying appearance that people find so unsettling. Cockroaches are closely associated with trash and filth. 

Unfortunately, they can carry harmful bacteria and diseases. Bottom line, you don't want them anywhere near your home, business, or family. 

We know you hate roaches. In this post and a future article, we are discussing cockroaches, what they are, how to get rid of them, and how to prevent them. 

Most people share their homes with unwelcome guests. Whether they hop, crawl, run or fly into your home, bugs are eager to settle in if they can find sustainable food, water, and shelter. 

Bugs like to take advantage of the tiniest openings to find a route into your cozy home. 

Unfortunately, once they’re inside, it can be hard to figure out where these bugs are hiding unless you know where to look. 

Here are a few indoor hiding places bugs will be hiding in your home. 

Crickets are small, light to brown insects that look like their relative, the grasshoppers. They are serious lawn pests in the South, living in the ground during the day, tunneling beneath the turf, and eating roots. 

They cause the grass to wilt and turn brown and come out at night to eat above-ground plant parts.