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Ant Extermination5 Tips to Keep Ants Away from Your Home

Did you know that there are about 700 species of Ants located in the United States? But only a few are known to invade your home. During the summer, the ants are looking for a dry, cool place to make their new home. We at Bug-N-A-Rug have compiled a small list to help you be able to keep the ants away. Let’s take a closer look at the 5 Tips we have for you and your family below.

5 Tips to Keep Ants Out

1. Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Cleaning the Kitchen Counter tops to prevent Ants

Most homes in the south will find ants in their kitchens. Keeping your kitchen clean is a good start to keep the ants away from your cooking area. Using Peppermint Essential Oil can help keep those bugs away. You can take a clean cloth and wipe the countertops off with some peppermint oil. Also, make sure that you keep your countertops clean and free from any spills or crumbs. This can help keep most bugs away if you just remember to keep the kitchen tidy.

2. Seal Cracks & More

Ants will find a way into your home through cracks and gaps no matter if your home is new or not. Yes even that tiny gap at the back door, they will find a way. So to avoid any of the issues make sure to check and see if there happen to be any gaps around the doors and windows. If you do happen to see a place where they may enter the home, then just properly seal it so the ants have no place to get into your house.

3. Piles of Wood or other Materials

Living in coastal North Carolina, you may have a pile of wood or other materials that could help the ants come into your home. Cleaning up around the house and getting rid of the piles will help keep the ants out. Also, if you keep the piles limited on your property it will help as well. This can be good to make sure that everything is free from being near your home.

4. Clean Pantry Out

Ant infestation in the kitchen of your home

Sometimes you may think that the ants are only coming in for your countertops, but they are looking for a source of food. Cleaning out your pantry can help keep those pesky bugs out of your home. Make sure that all boxes have not been left open for the bugs to make a home. If you like to keep say cereal or sugar in your pantry, make sure they are in a tightly sealed container.

5. Sign up for Regular Visits

Signing up for regular pest control visits can help keep these bugs and many others out of your home. If you sign up for yearly or quarterly pest control visits, then you can help keep your home free of the bugs, but can also save you in the long run. We would be happy to help you when it comes to keeping your home pest free.

If you have am Ant issue now, please contact us today to get a no obligation consultation. We will visit your home and see if you have an infestation. We want you to make the decision if you want for us to help you treat the problem. We can take care of the ants inside and outside your home. We have offices in the Wilmington, NC area and the Brunswick Country area of North Carolina to help you with all your pest control needs.

Read More about Ants and How to Get Rid of Them.

Bed Bug AwarenessBed Bug Awareness Week

Bed Bug Awareness Week

With the summer travel season well under way, families across the nation are packing their luggage and headed off to stay in hotels and vacation rentals. Bed Bug Awareness Week is coming this June 4 – 10, 2018 and the pest control industry is taking this time to remind those who are traveling to brush up on the basics of bed bugs to avoid bringing these pests home.

Over time, Bed Bugs have become a growing concern as their numbers continue to rise. A recent survey, conducted by the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) and the University of Kentucky, found that 99.6 percent of extermination companies were asked to treat for bed bugs in the past year.

"Understandably, the rise in bed bug populations in recent years has many people concerned," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at NPMA. (See Business Wire article)

"Bed bugs are equal opportunity pests and are found in five star hotels, summer camps, dormitories — anywhere there is a steady source of a blood meal, and no one wants to bring them home. That said, people may unknowingly transport bed bugs more so during the summer months when vacation travel activity is at its peak."

How to Avoid Bed Bugs

The NPMA recommends the following prevention tips to help avoid pesky bed bugs:

  • Thoroughly vacuum the insides and outsides of suitcases after returning from a vacation.
  • Check your sheets for blood spots made by bed bugs.
  • Consider bringing a large plastic trash bag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays.
  • Use a small flashlight to assist with visual inspections.
  • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of bed bugs.
  • Inspect pet’s sleeping quarters for signs of bed bugs regularly.
  • Hire a professional pest control company to eradicate an infestation.

At Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators, we are fully experienced in the elimination of bed bugs no matter where they are in your home. Give us a call at 910-754-9700 and we’ll come to your home, do a thorough inspection, and tell you what we find; we’re pretty great at Bed Bug Removal!

German CockroachWhat To Do If Roaches Move Into Your Home

So you’ve moved to the south and you’re loving it! Loving it, that is, until you notice you’re not living alone. Bugs love the heat and humidity that can be found in the south and roaches are among the happiest here. The south provides the perfect conditions for roaches to thrive but it doesn’t mean you have to tolerate them in your home.

When you have Bug N A Rug Exterminators on stand-by, you won’t have to share your living quarters with any 4-, 6-, or 8-legged creatures (or worse!).

Are You Sure You Have Roaches?

Introducing the South’s most common species of Cockroach: The German Cockroach. These cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six generations each year!

They’re agile too. German cockroaches can fit through an opening as small as 3/8″ wide!

German Cockroach

Let’s Identify a German Cockroach

German cockroaches are light brown to tan in color with two dark, almost parallel, stripes located on their oval shaped backs just behind their heads. They have six legs, antennae and measure between ½” and 5/8″ long.

Where Do Cockroaches Live

These cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places that have easy access to food and moisture sources. They are frequently found in residential or commercial kitchen environments and bathrooms. Not being too particular, they will feed on just about anything including soap, glue and toothpaste.

How Cockroaches Spread

German cockroaches are good at relocating from one place to another, both in your home and traveling with you to your next home or the homes of guests that have stayed with you. Their mode of transportation to new homes is via grocery bags, clothing, cardboard boxes, drink cartons, furniture, suitcases and secondhand appliances. They’re quiet travelers that hide out in the dark crevices of their vehicle of choice.

What Makes Them Intolerable

They are a disgusting nuisance that nobody wants to see running across a kitchen counter. Ever! But it goes far beyond that! German cockroaches have been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people – adults and children both. They spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into your stored food or onto food surfaces. Medical studies have shown that German cockroach allergens cause allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children.

Purge Your Home of Cockroaches

To be proactive against an invasion of German cockroaches, it is important to practice good sanitation by doing the following:

  • Vacuum Often
  • Wash Dishes soon after use
  • Keep a Spotless Kitchen
  • Seal all Entrances around Utility Pipes
  • Ventilate Crawl Spaces to prevent Moisture Build-up

If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, Contact Us and we will come out to inspect and treat any cockroach problem you may have.