Longhorned Tick Found in Polk County

A new species of tick has found its way to North Carolina. Recent tick surveys sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture found the Longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) on an opossum in Polk County. The tick has been previously identified in Arkansas, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. “We are working with the USDA, N.C. [...]

Spring is Coming and so are the Paper Wasps

A warm spring day in the month of April, you wake up go into your living room and see these large reddish brown wasps coming out of your fireplace in the living room. I know what you’re thinking call an exterminator right, he can find the nest and spray it? Unfortunately there is no nest [...]

Brown Recluse or Black Widow, Which Spider Should You Fear More?

Most spiders in the United States are harmless, unless you have some type of allergic reaction to their bite, but the brown recluse and black widow spiders are exceptions. They are both usually found in the southern states, where climates are warmer. Both spiders like to make their web nest in undisturbed areas. Common Areas [...]

Dealing with Rats and Mice in Your Home

As winter closes in mice enter houses more often and rats in your crawl spaces, attics and garden areas. This can be a big concern: Do to the type of diseases they can transmit (rodent allergens, plague, rickettsial disease, murine typhus, scrub typhus, rickettsialpox, hanta virus, trichinosis. Rodent attacks both mice and rats regularly bite [...]

Bed Bugs: What Are They & How to Get Rid of Them!

What Are Bed Bugs? Bed bugs belong to the family Cimicidae, sometimes referred as red coats, chiches or mahogany flats. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularus, the common bed bug as it is best known, prefers to feed on human blood. There are other Cimex species that feed on [...]

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