When it comes to awareness of your home, it’s crucial that you know what to look for as signs of a pest problem. Early detection is the most powerful defense you have against damage and destruction of your home, not to mention successfully eradicating the problem. So if you begin to notice any of these red flags, know that it’s time to call in an expert.
Chewed Up Wires or Furniture
Rodents attack anything they can get their hands, or rather teeth, on. If you’re noticing that there’s unexplained damage to your furniture, walls, or baseboards, that’s definitely a sign to keep track of. Additionally, if there are suddenly chewed through wires, damage to your insulation, or any other unexplained teeth marks in your home, be aware that it might point to a larger pest problem.
If you spot rodent droppings, cockroach droppings, or any other waste that might have come from pests, that’s a definite time to call a professional. If you’re noticing waste evidence of pests, the pest problem is probably past the introductory stages. Call an expert immediately and get your home inspected. You don’t want the problem to go any further.
If you’re noticing peeling or warped paint, that might be a sign of inner damage due to insects. Termites, carpenter ants, and other wood eating pests can nest in your walls and cause all kinds of damage invisible to the naked eye. If you notice that a section of your paint looks damaged or different from the rest of the wall, keep an eye on it and call a pest control technician. When it comes to the integrity of your home, you don’t want invisible damage weakening the infrastructure.
The pitter patter of little feet over head you’re hearing? Random squeaks or rustling when you turn on the lights in your basement? Don’t ignore the signs! Call a North Carolina pest control expert today!
As the summer comes to a close, everyone is getting excited for fall. Pumpkin spice lattes are back in stores, everyone is breaking out scarves and jackets and getting ready for apple picking season. But you aren’t the only one switching up your routine this time of year! North Carolina’s most common pests recognize the changing weather and start to make their winter plans. Make sure your home isn’t their destination! Prepare with these fall pest control tips!
The most common pests that invade the indoors in the fall are rodents. Mice and rats in particular start looking for hidey holes and openings into your home. This is a huge problem for homeowners. Not only do rodents chew through food you might have stored, they attack insulation and wiring, which can lead to some costly repairs. In addition, they leave droppings and carry disease that can be harmful to you and your family. Make sure that any outside damage to your home that rodents could squeeze through is repaired. Keep your house clean and free of food debris so you’re not attracting rodents in the first place, and if you still wind up with a pest problem, set traps, or call in a professional. Serious diseases can result from from a rodent problem. You don’t want to expose your family to that danger.
The other major subset of pests that move indoors are cockroaches or waterbugs. These guys are famous for infesting dirty places and spreading disease. They’re hard to keep track of because of their hatred of light. Keep an eye out for their droppings around wet places in your home such as sinks, bathrooms, or around pipes. To keep cockroaches out, keep your home clean, particularly of food debris. If you continue to spot droppings around your home, call a professional.
Stay sharp this autumn and keep an eye out for any signs that pests are planning to live in your home for the winter. Think you might have a problem? Give us a call! One of our technicians can take a look and set your mind at ease!
When it comes to your home, it can sometimes feel like there is ALWAYS something wrong. The paint is chipping, the refrigerator is making weird noises and when you run your dryer too often, you start to smell something funny. We understand that oftentimes it can feel like the sky is always falling and something always needs to be done. It’s easy to ignore something that seems minor in favor of ignorance. However, ignoring signs of a pest problem can have major repercussions- and you don’t want to find out the hard way how much damage pests can do in almost no time at all! Here are some outcomes from ignoring what might be an infestation in your home.
If you’ve got carpenter ants, termites, or even rodents, the basic structure of your home can be at risk. Termites can gnaw through wooden beams, rodents nest and chew through insulation, and ants can turn any wall cavity into a nest containing a colony of over 100,000. However, the damage takes time to inflict and if caught early, it’s possible to keep the issue from becoming too big- or too expensive.
Destruction of Personal Property
Particularly if you store personal items in an attic or basement and don’t look at them often, if you notice the presence of pests in your home, those things might be at risk. Wedding dresses, family photographs, books, journals, any treasures you can’t replace tend to be stored in the first place rodents and pests move in- which means they are the first things to be attacked.
Danger to Your Family
Rodents spread disease, severe allergies make wasps, bees, and hornets a risk, and decks or porches can become weak and pose a risk due to extensive wood damage. Keeping your family safe means making sure that your home is a clean and secure, not playing host to various household pests.
Home Value Decreases
When your home is affected by major pest infestations, the home value severely decreases. Aside from the damages that must be taken into account, there is now a risk to the homeowners that the damage was not fully fixed, that the infestation was not fully eradicated, or that the home is built in an area that is prone to pest incursions. Nipping pest problems in the bud is the best way to be sure that your home retains value in the future.
Demand for Extensive Repairs
Which basically just means “Break out your checkbook, this just got expensive!”. When the structure of your home has been compromised by pest damage, the bill for repairs gets really big, really fast. The sooner you pick up on the problem and take care of it, the less likely you are to be stuck with an insane fee to pay.
Don’t let pest infestations get out of hand! Give us a call today and let one of our technicians do a walkthrough of your home. Our experts have the experience to identify warning signs and suggest treatment options for even the earliest stages of a pest problem!
Nibble, nibble, like a mouse, who is nibbling at your house? Unless you are living in the story of Hansel and Gretel, if your North Carolina home is getting nibbled at, it’s probably termites and not children. Termites are one of the most common and most expensive household pests. They cause over $5 billion in damage throughout the United States every year, and fixing termite damage is a huge undertaking, not to mention making sure the infestation is taken care of for good. If you see any of these signs of infestation, it’s time to call an expert, before any more damage is done!
Termite Shelter Tubes
Subterranean termites build shelter tubes (also known as “mud tubes”) to provide moisture for them while they are searching for food. These tunnels are most commonly found on foundations of homes where termites have begun to make their way into the wood of your home. Make sure to store mulch, firewood, wood chips, and any other wood away from your home to avoid creating a moist environment where termites can make their home and thrive.
Discarded Termite Wings- When termites swarm, they fly from their old nest to their new one, and when they get to a new area to make their home, they discard their wings. If you see a large amount of discarded wings, or a swarm of these insects anywhere near your home, call an expert. You might have noticed them early enough that they will not have had time to become a huge problem for you.
It’s easy to spot holes in the wood created by termites, but often the damage is not so easy to see. Termites prefer dark, humid environments, so in general they stay well below the surface of the wood, inflicting damage completely invisible to the human eye. If you notice that an area of wood in your home has begun to sound hollow, call in an expert to inspect the area. You might have a termite problem that you haven’t been able to see.
Cracked or Distorted Paint
Termites can wriggle into spaces narrower than a dime, and this includes cracked paint. If you notice that the paint in your home has begun to peel up and crack, it’s a prime area for termites to infest- or they could already have made their home. Make sure that you repair any cracked paint, damage to your foundation, roof siding, vents, or windows. One tiny crack in your home is all a termite needs to get in and wreak havoc.
Frass (also known as termite droppings)
Termites produce piles of frass as they eat their way through the wood in your home. Frass looks like tiny little wood colored pellets that will be left in piles inside our outside your home. If you notice frass anywhere around your property, it’s a sure sign of termites, and you’ll want to get the area inspected immediately.
Sagging Floors- As the wood is damaged from the inside out, your floors will lose their integrity. It can be tricky to catch termites before visible damage is done to the wood, so you might notice your floors sagging and weakening before you notice that there are termites gnawing at your hardwood. If your floor suddenly looks damaged, proceed with caution! Walk around your floor carefully, tapping the wall to listen for hollow sounds. Then you can call a professional to take a look at the trouble areas.
Termites are stubborn pests, not to mention a very expensive problem to have! Keep an eye out for any of these signs of infestation so you can nip the problem in the bud. When in doubt, call in a professional. Our team at ClearDefense has the experience and knowledge to identify a termite problem and develop a strategy to eradicate the current problem and prevent a future one. Give us a call and find out why we are the clear choice for North Carolina pest control!
When it comes to keeping pests out of your home, you might be hesitant to use chemical solutions. Particularly if you have small children, the idea of treating your home to keep mosquitoes, spiders, ants and flies out might seem more dangerous than helpful. If you are reluctant to use chemicals to keep your home pest free- or you’re just looking for a green option- check this out! Here are a few of the best all natural pest control solutions for North Carolina homes!
- Lavender- Lavender is usually known as a nice, light, floral scent used to make a house smell more welcoming, but it has another use too! Lavender oil naturally repels insects, making it the perfect option for you to keep bugs and moths out of clothes when you store them! Place a lavender pillow or sachet in with your clothing when you put it away for the season. You can also leave a saucer with lavender oil near areas where you notice a bug problem. The oil will repel the insects and disinfect the air!
- Basil- Aside from being delicious on pretty much everything (Caprese salad, anyone?) basil is the perfect solution for a wet climate near a lake or a pond. This will work as a natural mosquito repellent, as well as keeping flies and other nuisance bugs away. Plant some in your garden or keep a plant in your home- you can cook with it and enjoy a bug free environment!
- Vinegar- If you notice that ants have invaded your home, break out the vinegar! All natural and a great disinfectant, vinegar will help you shore up any entry points ants seem to be using to get into your home! Combine one part vinegar with one part water and spray wherever you notice that ants have been making themselves at home!
- Peppermint Oil- If you’re looking to get rid of dust mites, add a few drops of peppermint oil to some water and spritz your mattress, pillows and rugs! Dust mites are repulsed by the smell of peppermint oil, but luckily humans aren’t! You can also try clove, eucalyptus, or lavender and achieve the same results!
- Soap, Orange Citrus Oil, and Water- This is an organic pesticide that won’t harm your family in the least, but will definitely do some damage to summer pests! Mix 3 tablespoons of liquid soap, 1 ounce of orange oil, and one gallon of water and shake it up. You can spray this wherever you notice that the bugs like to hang around. This works against slugs and can be sprayed directly on ants, roaches and spiders! No harsh chemicals whatsoever but very effective!
If you have pets or small children, you don’t need to put up with a pest problem to avoid exposure to chemicals! ClearDefense offers entirely organic pest control solutions so you can get the bug free environment you need without exposing your family to any harmful pesticides. Let us help you find the perfect strategy to keep your home and your family safe this summer!
Summer pests can invade your home quickly and quietly until all of a sudden you have a major problem! North Carolina summer pests can cause major problems and it’s a good idea to prime your home against them so they never have a chance to get in! There are plenty of things you can do to make sure bugs don’t have an open invitation to wander in and make themselves at home. Here are a few of our top tips for how to keep summer pests out of your home!
Whether it’s wasps, yellow-jackets or hornets, these pests can be a real pain! If you have ongoing problems with infestations by these insects, a professional can help with removal and prime your home against future issues. To keep your home nest free, try the following tips:
- Seal cracks and entry points into your home.
- Keep an eye on overhangs and eaves on your home, which make a cozy place for a nest.
- Keep bushes and trees trimmed and be sure to check for nests before you trim anything!
- If you see a nest, contact a professional. It can be dangerous and painful to attempt removal yourself!
Ants are some of the most common and most annoying summertime bugs. To make matters worse, colonies can include thousands upon thousands of ants, which can quickly lead to an infestation! To keep them at bay, try a few of these strategies:
- Keep bushes, trees and foliage trimmed and away from your home.
- Keep all food sealed in containers and keep your kitchen clean.
- Vacuum regularly.
- Place sticky traps or ant bait in problem areas.
- Seal cracks and holes where ants can enter your home.
Aside from causing infuriatingly itchy bites, mosquitos carry dangerous diseases that can make you and your family very sick! Aside from yard treatments to keep mosquitos out of your yard, these few tips can help keep mosquitos away from your home:
- Clear out stagnant water. Divert water away from your home through downspouts and change the water in birdbaths, ponds and other water features at regular intervals.
- Mosquitos come out at night so avoid being outside after dusk or before dawn.
- Wear repellent when outdoors.
- Light citronella candles around your home.
Ticks are another nuisance that can cause major problems if not addressed. Particularly if you hike or spend time in the woods, these insects might cause you major problems. To keep from getting bitten, try following these few suggestions:
- Wear insect repellent when outside.
- If you are hiking or working in tall grass, bushes or trees make sure to wear long sleeves and long pants.
- Check yourself and any pets for ticks after being outside.
Summer is a wonderful time to be outdoors and enjoy the sunshine! Don’t let summer pests ruin your fun. Give ClearDefense a call and find out why we are one of the best North Carolina pest control companies. Keep yourself and your family safe by being vigilant about pest control so you can enjoy every second of this summer!
Chances are you aren’t yelling hurrah if you’ve got ants marching in throughout your home! Ants are one of the most common (and most stubborn) household pests, and they can do some serious damage if you’re not careful! These are the most common ants in the South and how you can tell if the time has come to call in an expert.
Argentine Ants- These ants are mostly a problem because of the sheer number that come in a single colony. They are known for having multiple large nests, generally buried a couple inches under the soil outside. But they can also be created in walls, insulation, and bath traps. If you have an Argentine Ant problem, chances are it’s a big one!
Little Black Ants- This species is a nuisance and one of the most common types to be spotted around the house. They are notorious for invading houses in search of sweets, grease, meat, and bread. The colonies run from moderate size to large, and even though the nests might be outside, they are very good at locating cracks and holes to squeeze through in order to access your pantry!
Acrobat Ants- Acrobat ants are known for nesting indoors where there is moist or damaged wood… so if you have a nest, chances are good you have two problems to deal with! They will often look for abandoned nests where termites or carpenter ants have previously resided, and build their nests from there. They like sweets and will search those out in your kitchen or pantry. To top things off, if you disturb the nest, they bite and emit a nasty odor!
Odorous House Ants- As you might be able to tell from the name, Odorous House Ants stink! When crushed, this species of ant emits a nasty “rotten coconut” odor, which means that if you have a bunch you’re trying to stamp out, you’re about to wind up in a very smelly situation. Colony sizes range from 100 ants to over 10,000 and if you don’t take care of the situation early on, it’s only going to get worse!
Fire Ants- These are some of the most annoying and dangerous ants in existence. They create huge mounds that detract from your yard’s aesthetic, but more than that, they can be dangerous! A fire ant sting can result in welts or pustules that cause infection and cause a life threatening (or even deadly) allergic reaction. To make matters worse, each ant can sting several times, which means that if you have even just a few around, you can wind up with a LOT of bites! This makes them particularly dangerous to small children and pets, so if you see fire ants taking over your yard, it’s definitely time to call in professionals
If ants have invaded your home and kitchen, it’s a real drag. They’re a major nuisance not to mention smelly in some cases! Particularly if you are dealing with a nest indoors, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. You’ll get the best results and won’t have to worry about future problems! Contact us for a free quote today and discover why we’re the clear choice for pest control in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
When you are little, you’re afraid of the monster under your bed, the big furry creature with blue fur, claws, and sharp pointy teeth that creeps out when the lights go out. But once you get older, your monsters turn a little smaller, a little crawlier, and a whole lot less imaginary! So here’s a guide to the top 5 most common pests you might be hearing go bump in the night!
- Ants- These little guys are the number one nuisance pest in the South. Whether you’re in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee, chances are, you’ve run into a colony or two, and depending on the species, a colony can be made up of 300,000 to 500,000 ants. Ants have long life spans, some can live up to seven years, so they’re critters of the nesting variety. Don’t let them choose your home as their new home base!
- Roaches- Cockroaches love warm, dark locations and tend to seek shelter from the outdoors- meaning your bathroom, closets, and kitchens! These nasty little buggers are tough customers and notoriously tricky to get rid of, so better to be proactive and not let them in in the first place!
- Spiders- Technically not an insect, these guys are arachnids, more closely related to ticks and scorpions. Either way, most people aren’t a fan of these guys shacking up in their home. Black Widows, Wolf Spiders and House Spiders are the most common spiders in the South, and they can be a nasty sight if you’re not expecting them, not to mention potentially dangerous.
- Rodents- These are not the kind of little feet you want pitter-pattering around you home! Mice and rats alike can absolutely wreak havoc on your home, chewing through wires, transmitting diseases, and tracking in ticks that can land on your pets. The damage they cause can be costly, so don’t open the door to that kind of a headache! If you notice a rodent problem, it’s definitely time to call in a professional.
- Termites- This is quite possibly the most expensive pest you can possibly have to deal with! Causing more than $5 BILLION in damage to homes across the U.S. every year, this is not the kind of pest you want to be hosting in your home. Most homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover termite damage, so whatever mess they cause, it’s likely that it will be coming out of your pocket.
All of these pests can cause major issues and if you’re having a major pest problem, it’s best to leave dealing with it to the professionals. It takes specialized equipment and knowledge to deliver full results and make sure that your home is safe from future pest issues. With the right tools and strategy, ClearDefense Pest Control can restore your home to its former glory and make sure you never have to fear what’s under your bed again! Contact us for a free quote today and discover why we’re the clear choice for pest control in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.