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Five Tips On How To Make Your Yard Pest Free

If you are planning to control the pests in your home, then you must start in your yard. Before infesting your home, pests will make their home around your yard. By controlling the pests in your yard, you will be able to prevent them from gaining access to your home.

Here are some tips on how to control the pests in your yard:

Tip Number 1: Clean the Lawn

The first step in pest control is cleanliness. Dirty environments can provide an abundant source of food for insects, rodents, termites, and other types of pests. Therefore, if you want to prevent pests from infesting your yard, the first thing that you need to do is to clean your lawn.

You must clear your lawn from dead plants, fallen fruits, branches and twigs because they can serve as a food source for insects, such as termites and ants. You must also pull out weeds and trim your plants, for bushy environments serve as a good hiding place for pests.

Tip Number 2: Keep Your Lawn Dry

A wet environment is a good place for pests, since it provides an abundant source of water for them. A moisturized environment also serves a perfect breeding ground for pests. Therefore, it is important that you keep your lawn as dry as possible. You can do this by clearing your yard from standing water.

You can also reduce the moisture level in your lawn by watering your plants earlier in the day, allowing them to have more time to dry. It is also advisable that you provide a good drainage system for your lawn especially during rainy season, to prevent standing water. By keeping your lawn dry, you make it an uninviting environment for pests.

Tip Number 3: Clean the Gutters

Homeowners often forget to clean the gutters. However, if you want to ensure that your yard, as well as your home will be free from pest, you need to clean the gutters on a regular basis. Dirt can clog your gutters. If this happens, there will be standing water in the gutters every time it rains, which can serve as a perfect breeding place for pests.

Tip Number 4: Eliminate Food Sources

Pests will only colonize your yard if it provides an abundant supply of food. By removing the food sources in your yard, you will give the pests no reason to colonize your yard. Therefore, you need to free your lawn from garbage, scraps of food, wood, fallen fruits, pet food, and so on.

Tip Number 5: Keep Pest Attractions Away from Your Home

Wood and compost heaps are some of the pest attractions. Therefore, you need to free your yard from this. However, if you cannot get rid of these things because of certain reasons, then it is advisable that you keep them at least 10 meters away from your home.

Controlling pests in your yard is one way of preventing them from colonizing your home. By following the tips mentioned above, you will be able to keep your yard free from pests.

The author, a former worker at a termite pest control Ipswich Company, has vast experience in the field of quality pest control services. Ask him for any pest control related guidance.

Roaches Revealed

Roach Sweet ToothCockroaches are some of the peskiest creepy crawlers out there. They’re sneaky, sly, and definitely super gross. We’re all ashamed to admit that these guys have found their way into our homes at one time or another. They’re most found of our beloved pantries and refrigerators. While we hate the things, the pest control business loves them. Roaches are some of the most exterminated bugs in the industry. However, in the 1990’s of sunny Florida, exterminators seemed to have run out of cards against these unwavering opponents. The roaches had a new trick up their sleeves; losing their sweet tooth.

In the 1990’s exterminators were baffled by the critter. Exterminators used a poison mixed with sugary juices as bait that was sure to catch the cockroaches, but when the roaches weren’t biting, it seemed the epic battle against these nasty bugs would never end. However, in recent years, researchers Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal from nearby North Carolina University decided to investigate the invincible cockroach.

The Investigation Yields Results

 

Instead of taste buds, cockroaches have taste hairs all over their bodies. In order to determine why roaches have lost their love of sweets, researchers focused on the hairs around the roach’s mouth along with two types of nerves cells. These two types of nerve cells are responsible for transmitting to the roach the taste of sweetness and bitterness. When the sweet signal is sent the bug goes in for the kill, but when the bitterness signal is sent the bug scowls away. What the researches discovered in the common German cockroach was that glucose, which is a common component in sugary sweets, sparked the bitterness receptor. This newly evolved trait in the roaches is the reason they’ve been able to outsmart the pest control industry.

Roach SoupReactions

 

This discovery stirred up quite a reaction in the scientific community. Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the college of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis and entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, who were not involved in the study, were quick to remark on the findings in North Carolina.

“We lose baits all the time,” said Buczkowski. He also commented on how new poisons are constantly being developed to in order to maintain the effectiveness of the pest control industry. Bugs become resistant to the poison, just like bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

Thanks to the research and its discovery, the market better understand how the roaches are surviving. It isn’t that their poisons are ineffective; it’s just that the bugs are changing their genetics and laying off the glucose. The cockroaches then pass off this trait and evolve into the monster roach that never seems to die.

“Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application fie years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years,” said Walter S. Leal.

So these results are definitely a breakthrough for the pest control market, and a great contributor in the mankind vs. roach battle.

 

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality roach control services. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Invasion Of Fire Ants In Charlotte Due To Weather

Fire AntsCharlotte area residents have been under attack the last few weeks, under attack from fierce stinging fire ants. In fact, the fire ant control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating in Charlotte have been taking numerous phone calls a day from desperate Charlotte homeowners needing answers and protection from these malevolent ant pests.

Charlotte Weather Causing Fire Ants To Invade

The increase of rain in the greater Charlotte area, combined with a delay in the extremely high temperatures, has created an ideal environment for Fire ants to invade our homes. The Fire ants are looking to escape the excessive water, and head for higher ground away from the moisture and puddles. That is why we are seeing so many of these ants in our homes as of late.

Once the heavy summer rains subside, the Fire ants will return to their mounds and repair any damage the moisture may have likely caused. If their huge nests are beyond repair, they’ll simply move on to another part of your yard and build a completely new nest. This whole process will take about 48 hours.

Fire Ants In Charlotte

One of the most common and most feared pests in Charlotte, NC is the Red Imported Fire ant. They are reddish-brown in color, with darker abdomens. The worker ants range in size from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. These ants are well known for their very painful stings, and the massive mounds these destructive ants build in your yards. To top it all off, Fire ants reproduce very quickly. One Fire Ant queen can lay almost one million eggs in her lifetime.

In addition to reproducing rapidly, Fire ants also spread very quickly. This is very evident to most of us in Charlotte who are seeing these stinging ants in our homes, schools, churches, libraries, and stores. Fire ants are excellent hitchhikers, grabbing onto anything that moves. If you start seeing these ants in one place, it won’t be long before they’ll be within a mile radius.

Charlotte Fire Ant Control

If you are seeing an invasion of Fire ants in and around your Charlotte, NC home or property, do not wait until it’s too late before you get some help. Waiting can cause the ants to completely take over your property; stinging you, your children, and your pets. Call a Charlotte Fire Ant Control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 
 

Five Plants That Keep Mosquitoes From Buzzing In Your Ears

Everyone tires of the constant buzzing and biting from mosquitoes. It can be a real pain to deal with mosquitoes when one has a backyard party, is grilling out, or just wants to sit comfortably and watch the kids play. Candles, torches, citronella sprays, and bug repellents work, but only for a little while. There is another, more natural way to keep mosquitoes from ones yard to begin with. Having the right plants in ones yard can keep mosquitoes away altogether. Some plants emit natural odors and oils that repel mosquitoes all the time, not just for a little while.

Lemony Plants

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Plants that give off a lemony odor keep mosquitoes away. Lemon grass, lemon balm, and lemon thyme are all great plants to use to repel the nasty pests. Lemon grass is not easily planted with seeds and is better when grown from the plant itself. Buying a bunch from the local grocery store works fine. Take the bunch and place in a vase of water in a sunny window for about a week or ten days. By this time, roots will begin to grow and the lemon grass can be split into pieces and planted easily. Lemon balm is also known as horsemint. It repels mosquitoes but it is very hard to contain. The plant flourishes even in dry patches of weather. It does not repel other insects including bees. Keeping this plant trimmed back is a necessary part of the upkeep for lemon balm. Lemon thyme is also good for repelling the pesky bloodsuckers, but although easy to grow, it requires yearly pruning.

Catnip

Catnip

Catnip

One of the best deterrents of mosquitoes is catnip. This plant can be grown all over ones yard and can be placed in any soil. It grows very easily on its own. The only drawback is the luring effect that it has on cats. People who own cats should not plant catnip in their yards. Otherwise, catnip is great used as a plant in pots, gardens, and flowerbeds. Catnip oil and crushed dried catnip are also effective against mosquitoes. Using these items can reduce the care needed by the plants and still offer the repelling benefits of catnip.

Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds are a colorful way to repel mosquitoes, but the bright color attracts wasps. Be careful when planting marigolds to make sure that they are away from patios and windows. Putting them near fence lines and the back of a property are great ways to repel mosquitoes without inviting wasps too close. Putting these flowers in pots that can be moved around is also a great idea.

Citronella

Citronella

Citronella

Citronella plants are one of the most common plants that people use to repel mosquitoes. Citronella oil is used in candles, torches, lamps, and many other mosquito repelling products. The citronella plant is easy to grow, and the plant works better at keeping mosquitoes away because it has more of an odor than the oil that is used in mosquito repelling products.

Spices

Herb & Spice Garden

Herb & Spice Garden

Rosemary, basil, and sage are all great deterrents for mosquitoes. Some repel other pests like flies, beetles, and ants. Spices are great to plant in ones garden or in pots that can be moved around the patio. Using spices regularly and growing them yearly helps eliminate pests like mosquitoes from ones garden and yard.

Using the right combination of plants in ones yard is a great way to help keep pesky insects like mosquitoes from plaguing ones family year round. Finding the right combination to use in planters, pots, the garden, and at entryways is easy with the right information. Potted plants can be moved around next to chairs and tables for maximum protection. Choosing the plants that serve the families needs the best without inviting unwanted pests is the best method.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

Crazy Bug Gadgets People Have Invented To Help Rid Your Home Of Insects

Do you ever wonder about some of these wild inventions you see littered around the store? It’s almost as if the inventor took too much acid and started going crazy with a pencil. Not only are the gadgets rubbish, but a child would be able to design something that worked better. You see them in a lot of different industries, but one industry they appear in more than most is pest control. I guess when people are designing killing tools they like to go a little crazy.

If you had a bug problem I’m pretty sure you would want to deal with it. You definitely wouldn’t want to run around your home with weird gadgets thinking you were Rambo. Some people obviously do because these deterrents and death traps keep flying off the shelves. Maybe it’s just good marketing, but you can see for yourself because we’re going to look at a few of them now. Just remember that they might sound good, but there are better options available.

Bug-A-Salt

 

Trying to catch a fly out of thin air with chopsticks is very hard, but you can blast it out of the sky instead using a gun. Not just any gun, because this one shoots salt at insects and if you get a direct hit they won’t bother you again. If anything goes near your dinner it will be a little like killing two birds with one stone, because you can kill an insect and salt your food at the same time. I suppose it’s not too bad because it’s non-toxic and doesn’t require any batteries to work.

Electronic Venus Flytrap

 

Your favorite plant is a Venus flytrap, right? How can you not love a plant that actually eats insects when they crawl inside? The real version is cool and you can buy one for your home, but you should get an electronic one instead because they do the same thing. The gadget will attract an insect inside using special bait then it will suddenly snap its mouth shut. The insect is dead and you have one less thing flying around your head when you’re trying to watch TV.

An Extreme Fly Swatter

 

When you look at normal fly swatters they don’t look special. Sure, you might knock a few flies out of the sky if you get lucky, but where is the fun in that? A very smart person must have been listening to everyone moaning because they came up with the perfect answer. They would release an electronic fly swatter that looked like a tennis racquet and it would electrocute the flies to death when you hit them. How can you not walk around all day with this gadget in your hand?

Net Rocket Launcher

 

They say this is a gun that shoots a net at unsuspecting creatures, but it looks more like a rocket launcher, which sounds a lot more dangerous. You just need to make sure the thing you’re aiming at is pretty big because I don’t think it will work on ants. This is a silly invention because after you capture your giant bug or rodent you then have to pick it up and throw it away. That doesn’t take away the fact it’s pretty cool to shoot a net over something though.

Can You Think Of Anything?

 

I’m sure we can all agree that those ideas are pretty crazy. They definitely sound fun, but I don’t know if they will help you clear the insects out of your home. If you were going to design a bug gadget do you know what it would be? Have a little think about it and let us know in the comments below.

This article is by Mark Ross, an adventurist. As the owner of a pest control company which provides services like wildlife control in Mississauga, he is dedicated and sincere to his work. Whenever he can find time from his busy schedule, he prefers to indulge in writing which is his favorite activity.

Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte

Asian cockroaches are becoming more of a pest control problem in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. There are a couple reasons for the recent establishment of these roaches in Charlotte. Here’s what you need to know:

Asian Cockroach

Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte, NC

 

First discovered in Florida in late 1968, heavily infested areas have now been discovered in Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina. It’s not only North Carolina that is venerable to these roach pests, as much of the south-eastern United States is housing these imported cockroaches.

Many Charlotte residents don’t know that they have Asian cockroaches because they are commonly confused with the German cockroach; another common Charlotte pest control problem. Even though Asian cockroaches look conspicuously similar, German cockroaches are darker in color than the Asian cockroach. The Asian Cockroaches’ wings are also narrower and longer.

Because invasions of 30,000 to 250,000 Asian cockroaches (per acre) are common, large areas around infested Charlotte homes will (likely) require aggressive pest control services; to effectively eliminate the problem. Furthermore, if the area surrounding the property remains untreated, it could result in an Asian cockroach re-infestation.

Asian roaches enter Charlotte homes through gaps in doorways and windows. They’ll directly fly to your walls while avoiding baseboards and other typical German cockroach harborages.

To learn more about the Asian cockroach, click here.

Charlotte Pest Control For Asian Cockroaches

 

Out of all the different species of cockroaches, the Asian cockroach just might be the most difficult to control. One of the reasons these roaches are so difficult to control, is because they can fly. In fact, Asian cockroaches have been known to fly well over 120 feet. This means, that even if you treat the roaches on your Charlotte property, new roaches can fly in from areas that haven’t been treated with pesticides. Re-infestations can be common unless other preventative measures, like eliminating water and food sources, are taken.

The Asian cockroach is vulnerable to all pesticides, but some are more effective than others. Stay away from residual sprays. Residual sprays around the perimeter of structures are usually ineffective because there are numerous infested areas in lawns, mulch, and wooded areas. Instead, opt for toxic baits. Toxic baits applied to infested areas outdoors have provided the most reliable control. Cockroach baits have been registered for use outdoors.

Charlotte Roach Control

 

No matter the type of cockroaches infesting your home, a roach control professional can help exterminate them.

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 

10 Cheap Ways To Pest Proof Your Home

Beautiful HomeNo matter how much effort you put into protecting your home from pests, there are some insects that will find their way into your house. But even if that is the case, it can be made a lot harder for them to get in. By investing time in a little home maintenance tasks, you can make your home virtually pest free.

The 10 Cheapest Ways To Pest Proof Your Home

  • Keep screens on all your doors and windows

Screen doors should be installed in your home. If they are damaged or torn, get rid of them! In order to prevent the most minute or smallest of insects from entering your home, use the finest mesh screening you can find.

  • Seal around all doors and repair any openings

Bugs can get in if light or air can. Tight fitting floor sweeps should be installed at the exterior door bottom area. Fill the gaps with door seals at the top and sides of each door. Gaps and cracks in the basement, especially near pipes that enter or exit through the wall. Check outside around the house for other outlets, utility meters and vents that could be inviting for insects. Doors and windows general have some type of weather stripping.

  • Take time to seal cracks in the foundation of your home or the exterior walls

This can also include any fascia boards too. Exterior wall cracks welcomes insects in. A caulking solution on these cracks will greatly reduce insect visitors.

  • Check utility lines and other vents near appliances

If there are gaps or openings in and around the appliances in your home, they provide ways for insects to come in from the outside. Using a foam spray, cover these areas and keep the critters out!

  • Crawling CockroachSecure Attic with critter proof mesh

There are an abundance of critters and pests that would like to make themselves right at home in crawl spaces in your attic. Barriers should be installed to keep them out. By putting in some critter proof mesh on vents and crawl spaces, these critters will stay out and also keep the other fleas and mites that they carry out of your home as well!

  • Fix any leaks

This is because moisture can attract insects. Humidity of some amount is required for insects to live. Plumbing leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. Pipes that are dripping should be tightened and sealed. Heavy rain or flooding could greatly damage your basement is a proper drainage system is not installed.

  • Keep a clean and tidy kitchen

The kitchen is where food is stores and also where pests like to be right at home. So, most importantly keep the kitchen as clean as possible. Most pests it turns out are attracted to crumbs and bits of food left around. Some tips to keep the kitchen include keeping leftovers sealed up, double check counters for spills, clean containers of leftover residue, keep checks on spoiled fruit and produce, sweep up and vacuum regularly and try to wipe off and clean containers before recycling them. Most importantly, seal your food up tight!

  • Clean up the yard & clean up after pets

It’s true that the heaps of compost and decayed or dried up leaves are congregational points for insects. Keep a clean yard, as well as trim back bushes and tree limbs touching your home. Clean up any pet waste and keep your trash bins clean.

  • Get rid of unnecessary clutter

By keeping your house cluttered up, insects can find places to hide. Put your things away after they are used and keep your floor clear.

  • Take the garbage out

If it can be smelled, it’s time to remove it. These smells attract unwanted pests. Empty the garbage can as much as possible.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a union pest control company.

Tips On Moving To Race City: Mooresville, North Carolina

Mooresville, North Carolina is a city with a lot of history. Of course, it is most famous for a long association with stock car racing. Playing home to many NASCAR teams and sporting many racing tracks have earned Mooresville the moniker, “Race City, USA.” While racing is an undeniably important part of the area’s culture, there’s a lot more to know about Race City than racing. If you’re looking at a move to the area, getting familiar with Mooresville, NC real estate, local schools, attractions, and opportunities could help you make yourself at home.

The Lay of the Land: NASCAR and More

First, you have to address the car craze. Iredell as a whole (including Mooresville, Concord, Cornelius, and Charlotte) is an area that bleeds NASCAR. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Mooresville is within driving distance of Atlanta, Darlington, Martinsville, Bristol, Daytona, Talladega, Richmond, Dover, Watkins Glen, Rockingham, and a host of other racing tracks. Additionally, more than 60 motor sports teams call Race City home.

That does permeate the culture of the area, and it isn’t uncommon to see regular folk proudly wearing the colors of their favorite race team. It’s also a great place for recreational driving, as there are tracks where common folk can do laps in the fastest cars in America.

Working in Race City, USA

For anyone who works in an industry tied to NASCAR – which could mean anything from automotive supply or repair to any product that sponsors the sport – Mooresville is a land of opportunity. The NASCAR Technical Institute is based in town, as are major hubs of Penske Racing, NGK Ceramics (manufacturer of ceramic catalytic converters for automobiles), and a host of other automotive companies.

For those working outside of the town’s favorite sport, there is plenty of work to go around. Lowe’s Home Improvement is based in Mooresville, and their regional headquarters employs over 1,000 people in town. The area also has a lot of work in healthcare, education, and manufacturing. Also, on the topic of education, the area’s schools have consistently earned national recognition, particularly for technology programs.

Living and Lifestyle in Race City, USA

The retail market hasn’t been unkind to Mooresville. Their downtown main district is filled with boutique shops and retail chains. From the trendy to the eclectic, cutting-edge or antique, getting dress and décor down pat is a snap. Mooresville is also a short jaunt from Charlotte and the very upscale Northlake Mall.

Real estate in Morresville NC shouldn’t be a challenge for new residents, either. Real estate agencies should be able to find the ideal property for any mindset. Craving the urban lifestyle? Downtown it is. For those with a little more country in mind, the area is surrounded by properties with serious acreage. If you’ve got a craving for the marine lifestyle, nearby Lake Norman is the largest manmade body of freshwater in the history of North Carolina, boasting marinas, fishing, and more. No matter your personality, somewhere in picturesque Iredell is a life you could call your own.

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Ashely is a college graduate that has an interest in writing about real estate. If you want to see more, follow her on Twitter @ashelymarie1985.

Reasons To Move To Charlotte

Skyline of Charlotte, North Carolina

Skyline of Charlotte, North Carolina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think with me for a minute.  You are young, vibrant and have your entire life ahead of you.  You want to leave your parents’ nest and experience the world on your own.  You need a change.  No, not a new tattoo or blue highlights in your hair.  You want to do something big.  You want to move cities and experience a different part of the country.  Think of the possibilities.

Reasons You Should Consider Charlotte

There are literally thousands of places to live, so how do you decide?  Let’s take a look at Charlotte, North Carolina.  There are many reasons one might want to move to this city.  Let’s explore some of them.

  • Charlotte was recently named in the top 10 fasted growing cities in the United States by CNN Money.
  • Charlotte is a thriving place for businesses – big and small.  Among them are Wachovia and Bank of America.  It’s a great place full of opportunities for professionals with established careers and those looking to get their careers started.
  • The cost of living in Charlotte is relatively low, including utilities that are cheaper than in many other parts of the country.  In this economy, that’s a definite plus.
  • If you like sports, you will have your choice of pro sports teams to watch.  Among others, Charlotte has an NFL team, an NBA team, a hockey team and also houses a NASCAR speedway.  During all times of the year, you won’t have a hard time finding sporting events to go to.
  • Charlotte has great weather.  Although Charlotte experiences the occasional hurricane, for the most part winters are mild and summers are warm.
  • Charlotte has a high level of humidity, which is great for your skin.  Goodbye cracked lips and hello glowing cheeks!
  • The education system in Charlotte is strong.  If you have children, education is most likely among your priorities when considering where to live.  Charlotte’s graduation rates and test scores are both above national averages.
  • If you are an outdoors enthusiast, you will not find yourself bored.  Charlotte is nestled between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.  You can find activities ranging from surfing and deep-sea fishing to hiking and mountain biking.

Choose Wisely

Deciding on a city to live in is not an easy decision.  No city is perfect and there are pros and cons to wherever you decide to live.  Charlotte has a lot to offer and is a top pick for many people.  With its good weather, strong economy, fun outdoor activities and friendly atmosphere, Charlotte has many reasons to pull you in.

Obviously, there are other factors that play into your choice of where to live.  Most likely, the location of your next home will be based on where you decide to work or go to school.  However, if Charlotte is in the mix of possibilities, you should certainly give it some extra special consideration.  If you are looking for work, a place to go to school, or even a place to retire, keep you eye on Charlotte, North Carolina.

By Jamie Bailey

Jamie has written for many years about a variety of topics.  She currently writes for First Restoration DKI on topics ranging from storm damage to disaster restoration.  She especially enjoys writing about home ownership and city living.

3 Best Family Locations To Live In North Carolina

Freedom Park CharlotteWhether it’s because of the temperate climate, great job growth, culture-rich history, or varied recreational activities, families are packing up fast and heading to North Carolina. Wondering what the top three areas to live in are? Fayetteville, Sanford, and Lake Norman NC real estate top the list. Read on for why one of these locales should be your next hometown.

1. Fayetteville

This medium-sized city of 200,000 may be best known for U.S. Army installation Fort Brag. In addition to Fort Bragg’s annual pumping of $4.5 billion into the region’s economy, the metropolitan area is full of job growth and career opportunity for those looking to either begin a family or relocate one. Fayetteville largely weathered the recession and its real estate market continues to see healthy growth, where other cities are still licking their wounds from the market crash. The city has some of the highest quality public education in the state, and its school system includes nine alternative and specialty schools. Additionally, the city includes portions of the East Coast Greenway, a set of urban trails and greenways soon connecting Maine to Key West.

2. Lake Norman Area

 

For those wanting more access to nature, the Lake Norman area is a great family location. Towering oaks and blossoming fruit trees line the streets, and the local Lake Norman State Park consistently ranks as one of the state’s most visited for its natural beauty and recreational activities. The Lake Norman NC real estate market is bounding with deals on waterfront homes and classic country abodes. This is front porch country, and the Lake Norman NC real estate market reflects that, with quaint southern style at a price families can afford. The area offers great public and private schools, and students interested in sports will be thrilled to learn how high local sports rank in city interests. All of the local television stations and newspapers actively cover high school sports on their prime time and front page new stories.

3. Sanford 

 

Located in the middle of the state and thirty minutes from major metro areas like Greensboro and the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Cary), Sandford is a mid-sized town with plenty of land and open space at affordable real estate rates. The Sanford real estate market includes a mix of desirable homes and architecture like rural farmhouses, historic southern style homes complete with verandas, modern condos and even gated communities. At a population of 30,000, this is a town where the mayor still waves at you and the store clerks know your name. The city school system recently added new schools, allowing for smaller class sizes and upgraded school facilities.

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Tony has been selling real estate in NC for several years and likes to share some of the best towns he has bought and sold houses in.

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