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Pest Identification & Prevention In Goldsboro, NC

The Goldsboro area has a lot of pests in it, but the only ones you care about are the ones you just discovered running around your home or business. We created our Pest Library as a quick source of information about the most common pests in our area. Our Pest Library gets you the information you need and delivers the answers to the most common questions people have about pests.

Ants

a carpenter ant in a basement

Ants are those pesky insects that we see crawling throughout our yards and homes, especially during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. They are attracted to properties with sources of food and water. Things like trash cans, outdoor eating areas, gardens, and areas of standing water will provide ants with many of their basic needs. In our area of North Carolina, we regularly run into the following ants: carpenter ants, odorous house ants, Argentine ants, pavement ants, field ants, fire ants, and Pharaoh ants.

Ants live together in large colonies, making them a challenging pest to control and avoid. The good news when it comes to ants is that most of the ants that invade our properties are nuisance pests, meaning they aren’t a danger to our properties or people. While nuisance ants may no pose significant threats, they are still never ideal to have on our properties.

Before finding a way into our homes, they lived outside, and on their bodies and legs, they carry bacteria and parasites that they spread to surfaces and our food. Some ants like carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, and fire ants do pose bigger problems and are considered dangerous. Structural damage, biting, stinging, and the spread of disease are all caused by dangerous ants.

The following prevention tips can help you avoid problems with ants in your North Carolina home:

  • Eliminate the food and food odors that attract ants by keeping lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris and maintain a clean kitchen.
  • Seal spaces in the foundation, around windows and doors, and roofline that ants can move into your home through.
  • Moisture is also an attractant for many ants, so repair leaky pipes, and make sure gutters are directing water away from the outside of your home.
  • Remove things from your yard like fallen trees, brush piles, tree stumps, and construction debris that ants could nest under or within on your property.

Bed Bugs

a bed bug biting a man

Bed bugs feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals as their sole source of food. Their preferred hosts are people, which means that these pests want to live inside man-made structures where we live or spend long periods of time. Bed bugs move passively from place to place by letting us do the work; they crawl onto us or our belongings and move to wherever we take them.

Places you spend the night are the most likely spots that you will come into contact with bed bugs. They aren’t the fastest creatures, and the longer they have contact with your belongings, the more likely they will be able to find a way inside them. Hotels, motels, hospitals, airports, cruise ships, resorts, and dormitories are areas where people often come into contact with bed bugs and bring them back to their homes.

Having bed bugs in your home is not necessarily dangerous as they don’t cause significant structural damage, nor are they capable of spreading a wide variety of diseases. However, having these pests hiding in your home, waiting to emerge at night to feed on you as you sleep, is stressful and leads to sleepless nights and days filled with worry.

The best way to protect your home and family from bed bugs is to remain vigilant and inspect your home regularly for bed bugs; the seams of mattresses, upholstered furniture, behind wall hangings, cracks in wooden furniture, inside of outlets, and areas of clutter are all places you might find signs of bed bug activity.

If you notice the following signs, bed bugs are likely inside your home, and you should immediately call a professional for professional bed bug control:

  • Drops of blood or fecal droppings on mattresses, bedding, linens, upholstered furniture walls, or floors.
  • A musty, unpleasant odor.
  • Live or dead reddish-brown, apple seed-shaped insects in your home.
  • Piles of shed skins in the seams of mattresses, on the floors, or in closets.

There are precautions you can take to avoid bringing bed bugs home. When traveling, always inspect the places you will be spending time for bed bugs. After having overnight guests in your home, make sure to wash the bedding they used and vacuum the floor of the room they stayed in. When in public spaces, keep your belongings up off the floor as much as possible and away from other people’s belongings. Clear excess clutter from your home; don’t leave piles of dirty laundry on the floor. Regularly vacuum your home and change the bedding. Place bed bug-proof covers on all mattresses and box springs and covers on all outlets in your home.

Cockroaches

a cockroach on a piece of cake

Many different types of pests will find their way into our North Carolina homes at one time or another; some are a nuisance and don’t pose significant problems, while others are a danger to people and property. Cockroaches are among the most unwanted pests to find their way inside our structures.

The contamination of our food sources and the spread of disease are two of the biggest reasons why cockroaches don't belong living with us in our homes or businesses. Other problems with cockroaches living in our structures are that they quickly build their populations, produce unpleasant odors, and trigger allergies and asthma attacks. They will also stain walls and fabrics with excrement and chew on and destroy personal items like clothing, furniture, and more.

Many species of cockroaches live worldwide, but only a few have come to invade our property and cause problems for people. In our area, the most common species of cockroaches include German cockroaches, American cockroaches, smoky brown cockroaches, Asian cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches. These pests often find a way inside structures on their own, moving through spaces in exterior walls, drains, or vents after being attracted by food or moisture. You can also unknowingly introduce them inside things like appliances, furniture, deliveries, groceries, and boxes.

Once cockroaches find a way into your home, they are challenging to get out without a professional’s help. Cockroaches reproduce quickly, their strong exoskeletons protect them from easily being squished, and they know how to scurry out of harm’s way into the dark, hard-to-reach recesses of your home.

To help you avoid problems with cockroaches in your North Carolina home, we want to provide you with some helpful prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks or openings in your home’s exterior that cockroaches could use as entry points.
  • Place things like trash cans, recycling bins, and wood piles that attract cockroaches away from the outside of your home.
  • Inspect deliveries, furniture, appliances, electronics for cockroaches before bringing them inside.
  • Repair leaky pipes, indoor and outdoor fixtures, and use dehumidifiers to reduce excess moisture in and around your home.
  • Limit the crumbs and other food debris in your home that cockroaches could use as a food source by vacuuming floors, wiping down tables, and regularly taking out the trash.

Mosquitoes

a mosquito biting a man

Mosquitoes are among the most common and, unfortunately, dangerous pests to have to swarm in our North Carolina backyards. Mosquitoes are flying insects that won’t hesitate to take advantage of properties that offer them food and breeding sites. Standing water is the main reason that mosquitoes find their way onto our property. Females lay their eggs on top of standing water, and the larvae develop in the water. Some things in or near our yards that collect water and act as breeding sites and attract breeding mosquitoes include tree stumps, hollow trees, low-lying areas, clogged gutters, trashcans, wading pools, ponds, and ditches along roadways.

Properties with lots of flowering vegetation also attract mosquitoes. Not only do grass, weeds, shrubbery, flowers, and trees provide mosquitoes with a food source (plant nectar), but they provide them with ample resting spots.

While plant nectar is the primary food source for male and female mosquitoes, females also require blood meals. They need the blood of people and animals to develop viable eggs. Limiting the number of mosquitoes on our North Carolina properties is important, not only because their bites leave behind uncomfortable, itchy welts that may become infected, but because of the number of diseases and parasites they carry and transmit to people and animals. While not every mosquito that bites you is infected with a disease, some are – so it is important to limit their numbers on your property to keep your family and pets safe.

To help you reduce the number of mosquitoes swarming in your North Carolina yard, in addition to our mosquito control services, we want to provide you with some helpful prevention tips:

  • Fill in low-lying areas that allow rainwater to pool.
  • Shake off any water that gathers on tarps or trash can lids, drill holes in the bottom of trash cans, and recycling bins to stop water from pooling in them.
  • Containers like buckets, wading pools, and wheelbarrows that are kept outside should be stored upside down when not in use.
  • If you own a pool or ornamental pond, make sure the water is being treated properly and is continuously circulating.
  • Reduce the amount of vegetation you have in your yard for mosquitoes to use as a resting spot; keep the grass cut short, cut back tree branches, and remove overgrown landscaping.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your home by ensuring screens in windows and doors are secure and free of holes.

Rodents

a house mouse outside a home

If you are seeing gnaw marks on walls, furniture, or flooring, dark droppings in drawers or on floors, or are hearing noises behind your home’s walls, rodents have likely found their way inside your home. Rodents, like ants, are a very common household intruder, using our yards and houses as a place they can forage for food, water, and safe shelter. There are many different species of rodents living worldwide and throughout North Carolina. Three of the most notorious rodent intruders in our area are the house mouse, Norway rat, and roof rat.

The one thing that all rodents have in common is their single pair of front incisors in the upper and lower jaw that continuously grow throughout their lifetime. Inside of our homes, they use their teeth to cause many problems, including:

  • Creating holes in wall, floors, and furniture.
  • Chewing through boxes and clothing.
  • Getting into food packaging.
  • Causing short circuits or fire by chewing through wires.
  • Causing water damage by chewing through pipes.

In addition to the destruction that rodents can cause, rodents introduce health risks to people. In their saliva, excrement, and urine, rodents carry and transmit various bacteria and human pathogens that can make people quite ill. Rodents are destructive, dangerous pests that need to live somewhere else other than our yards and homes!

To keep your property protected from unwanted rodents, try the following prevention tips:

  • Make it more difficult for rodents to move around your property unnoticed by keeping the grass mowed short, cutting shrubs away from your home’s exterior, and eliminating excess ground cover.
  • Keep rodents out of your home by sealing openings you find in the foundation, roofline, and around windows and doors.
  • Eliminate common foraging sites by keeping lids on trash cans, regularly harvesting gardens, picking up uneaten pet food, and keeping indoor and outdoor eating areas clean and free of food debris.

Termites

a pesky termite up close

Termites are a type of wood-eating pest; they can convert the cellulose in wood and other organic matter into usable sugars that meet their nutritional needs. They are also a pest that no one in North Carolina wants to discover on their property. Their presence inside a home or business will eventually lead to costly structural issues that nobody has the time or money to contend with. Termites thrive in warm, humid areas, making North Carolina the perfect place for these pests to live successfully. It isn’t a matter of if termites will invade your property in our area, but unfortunately, when.

Subterranean termites are the most common termites in North Carolina. These termites nest under the ground and have high moisture needs, preferring to feed on water-damaged pieces of wood and requiring contact with the damp soil for survival. Things like leaking pipes, clogged gutters, and low-lying areas supply termites with the moisture they are looking for and attract them to homes and other structures. After finding their way inside through small cracks in the foundation or pieces of wood making contact with the ground, they will move inside and invade pieces of structural wood. Wood located around pipes, sinks, tubs, windows, and doors is often first infested, then over time, they will move up walls and invade more of your home’s structure, causing more and more damage each day.

The best way to make your home and property as unattractive as possible to termites is to eliminate as much excess wood debris and moisture as possible. Remove fallen trees, logs, and tree stumps from your yard, and leave a barrier between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation. To keep moisture to a minimum, make sure gutters and downspouts are directing rainwater away from the perimeter of your home, and repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and air-conditioning units. Make sure wooden structures on your property or your home are not making direct contact with the soil. Wood inside of your home damaged by water should immediately be replaced with dry, sound wood.

Custom Solutions For Your Goldsboro, NC Pest Problems

At Arrest A Pest Exterminators, in addition to offering exceptional, local pest control services, we want to help educate you about our area’s most common pests with the help of our below pest guide. The best way to defend your property from pests is to know what you are up against, what they are looking for, and how to make your property less attractive to them!

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