Category Archives: Pest Control

Prepare Your Home for a Pest Free WinterPrepare You Home for a Pest Free Winter

Prepare Your Home for a Pest Free Winter
It’s hard to believe that winter will be here soon, and it seems that mother nature wants to give us a few days of what to expect. But one thing that we can tell you is that you don’t have to worry about the pests entering your home. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators want to help you and your family stay safe this winter from those pesky pests. Let’s take a quick look at how you can prepare your home for the winter and its pests that may cause a problem below.

Clear the Clutter

Prepare Your Home for a Pest Free Winter

This is one of the top things that you must do when you are preparing your home for the winter. Do you have a lot of clutter in the garage, attic or even a few bedrooms? If you do, cleaning out the clutter is the best way to start prepping your home for the winter months. Get your guest room ready to have family or friends visit and stay in your guest room. Remove any clutter that you have such as donating the items that you don’t use or need any more or toss them. We promise you that without a lot of clutter, unwanted pests will have less spots to make their new home this winter.

Seal Your Home

Pests love to make your home into their hotel for the winter and this is one thing no family wants to have. By sealing your home with caulk or by filling in holes with new drywall can help protect your home this winter. Be sure to check all the windows, doors and even under the sinks in your home. Rodents are known to sneak into your home via the pipes from under your home through the kitchen sink or bathrooms. We recommend that you get yourself some steel wool and you line the opening around the pipes in the bathrooms and kitchen. They may try to enter you home, but most times they will fail every winter. And checking the windows or doors will help keep your home warmer because the cold air can’t come in and pests can’t either.

Clean the Outdoors

Prepare Your Home for a Pest Free Winter

We know that living on the North Carolina Coast has it’s perks especially for being able to grill year-round or enjoy the great outdoors. But during the winter months, many homeowners don’t take into effect of cleaning up your yard. Be sure to put away your grill or if you have clutter around it, get rid of it. If you happen to have a fireplace in your home that uses firewood, then keep the pile of firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. Many mice, bugs and snakes like to use the pile as their new home too. Have the kids help with the piles of leaves you may rake up. Put away the kid’s toys that they won’t play with during the winter and put them away in their place in the garage for the season.

There are many other ways that your family can help prepare your home for winter, but these are a few we wanted to share with you. If you complete this list and you are still struggling with extra pests who have fallen in love with your home, give us a call. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators want your family to have a wonderful holiday season and a pest free home this winter!

4 Reasons Why You Should Avoid DIY Pest Controls4 Reasons Why You Should Avoid DIY Pest Controls

4 Reasons Why You Should Avoid DIY Pest Controls
Being a homeowner can be fun, lots of work and sometimes you think you can handle anything. But when you have unwanted guests who like to invade your home you might think to take care of the situation on your own. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators are here to tell you that it’s not always the best idea to do your own DIY pest control. Let’s look at 4 reasons why you should avoid do it yourself pest controls in your home below.

Cost

For many homeowners, they will often want to confront the pest issue on their own because of the cost. But did you know that when you do it yourself, you may see that you will end up spending more money in the long run. You may find that it’s just as expensive or even more expensive than having a professional come into your home every three months. Allow our professional team members to come in and help you save money.

It Can Be Dangerous

4 Reasons Why You Should Avoid DIY Pest Controls

Yes, this is a big one that not all homeowners know about it. Applying different chemicals can not only be dangerous for you but can be harmful to your family members and pets. While using some different products you could possibly mix up the containers or use too much of a product. This in the end will not only make you sick, but it could make your children sick too.

Where Are They All Coming From?

When you first see an infestation in your home, the first thought is “I know exactly where they are all coming from”. Many homeowners think that they can figure out where the insects and pests are coming from but using a professional exterminator will help keep your family safe. We know where all the places a pest can enter a home and help prevent it from entering again. Leave it up to the professionals on this one.

Ineffective

4 Reasons Why You Should Avoid DIY Pest Controls
Do it yourself pest control is not as effective as hiring an exterminator. The pest control products that you purchase in the store are not as strong as what the professionals use. You may find that you are having to do more than one treatment. Calling an exterminator to come treat the pests instead will be more effective.

If you and your family are dealing with a pest infestation or want to avoid the pests before they are a nuisance, then give us a call today. We at Bug-N-A-Rug can help your family stay bug free this summer and the rest of the year! We look forward to helping keep your home pest free!

3 Summer Pests that are the Most Dangerous3 Summer Pests that are the Most Dangerous

3 Summer Pests that are the Most Dangerous

Summer is here on the North Carolina Coast, the weather is warm, while the summer storms come and go. Household pests are common year-round for many of our customers in the area, but we can see an increase in many other pests during the summer months. For many homeowners, they may cause annoyance and can pose a danger to your family. Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators wants to help keep your family and home safe this summer. Let’s take a look at 3 summer pests that are the most dangerous below.

Ticks

3 Summer Pests that are the Most Dangerous

Ticks can be an issue year-round if you live in the south, but they are more of a concern during the summer months. If you spend a lot of time outdoors and especially in the woods or high weeds. Ticks can be considered a dangerous pest as they can transmit a Lyme disease which can be harmful if you don’t find the tick on you soon enough. One way that your family can stay protected this summer is to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts when you spend time outside. We also suggest wearing closed toe shoes as well to help keep them off you. Be sure to wear light colored clothing as it can not only help keep you cooler during the hot summer temps but can also help identifying a tick. Wear bug spray that has at least 20% DEET anytime you go outdoors. Inspect not only yourself but other family members for ticks after spending time outdoors.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes may seem like a harmless bug, but they happen to be one of the most dangerous pests during the summer months. They can not only be annoying if you go outdoors especially during the nighttime. But did you know that mosquitoes can transmit many different diseases to you and your family? They will leave a nasty itchy and red bump after they have bitten you and your family. Some of the diseases that mosquitoes carry are the West Nile Virus, Malaria and Yellow Fever. To help you and your family safe from these pests this summer is to avoid being outdoor during early morning and dusk time as they are the most active. Be sure to check your yard for standing water as they love to use this as a breeding area. Use bug spray that contains DEET if you are going to be outdoors for a long time.

Wasps, Hornets & Bees

3 Summer Pests that are the Most Dangerous

Another few pests that will seem to ruin anyone’s summer cookouts by being stung by wasps, hornets and bees. They love to show when you least expect it especially at pool parties, or cookouts in your backyard. These bugs can cause a serious health risk to those who are allergic to the stings. Many people will have to visit the emergency room every year because they have been stung by one of these insects. You can prevent these bugs from getting you are be sure to wear closed-toe shoes when outdoors. Be sure to stain any untreated decks or screened in porches to help keep carpenter bees at bay. Don’t wear perfume when you go outdoors as they can be more attracted to you. And if you happen to be stung by one of these bugs be sure to go get medical help if you are allergic to them.

While these are just a few of the insects that you may encounter during the summer, but these we felt are the most dangerous to you and your family. If you find that these bugs are becoming more of a hassle and problem on your property, don’t try to remove them yourself. We suggest that you leave it to the professionals and call us at (910) 254-9443. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful summer!