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Best Pest Control Charlotte

Charlotte SkylineTo be known as the best at anything takes long, hard work.  In Charlotte there are a lot of good pest control companies. The good pest control companies will all do a relatively old kind of treatment. The best pest control will do a new treatment, and always have the correct products to treat for any problems that may arise at the home.

What will the best pest control company in Charlotte do? 

The best pest control companies in Charlotte will come to your home and identify the pest problem. There are many different types of pests in Charlotte. Each pest will have a different habitat, and identifying which pests are at your home will help you find the source of the problem. Controlling the source of the problem will help eliminate the pest.

What kind of treatment will the best pest control company do?

To fully control any pest, a full home treatment will need to be done; starting on the inside of the home and working their way to the outside of the home.

What treatment will be done on the inside of the home?

On the inside of the home the best pest control company will treat under sinks, in the corners, and place the correct baits down for the right pest. Most pests that are found inside of the home will come from inside the walls of a home. To properly treat for pest inside the walls of the home an in-wall treatment will need to be done. To perform a correct in-wall treatment, the faceplates need to be taken off the outlets of the exterior wall from the inside.  Once the faceplates are taken off, a product will be placed into the walls. This product will help exterminate any pests that are infested in the walls.

Charlotte ExterminatorWhat kind of treatment will be done on the outside of the home? 

To control the pest on the outside of the home a couple different treatments will need to be done. The first is done by treating around the windows and doors of the home. The second part will be done by power spraying the base of the home. Using a power sprayer will have the ability to treat deep into the soil and get under the rocks. Most companies still use a backpack sprayer, but the backpack sprayer will not work as well. The best pest control company in Charlotte knows this and only treats with a power sprayer. The last part of the treatment will take place at the plants.  The plants are the main source of the pest problem. Pests will eat the roots of the plants, and then get water from the drippers.  Treating the plants is done by granulating at the base of the plants. The granules will soak in the water and give off a product that will help control the pest.

Will this treatment really help control the pest? 

If this treatment is done correctly, and the pest control company uses the right products, there will be no pests. To make sure the company is the best check on Google, Better Business Bureau, and Yelp. Looking at these websites will show which company is rated the best pest control company in Charlotte.

Best Pest Control Charlotte

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

Insects Back In The NBA

Charlotte HornetsLast February Charlotte residents, NBA purists, and insect enthusiasts alike were delighted to hear that the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets would be changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans.

This news meant that the city of Charlotte, and it’s NBA team The Charlotte Bobcats, could change their name to the beloved Hornets once again. And that’s exactly what is going to happen, come the 2014-2015 NBA season.

Welcome Back Charlotte Hornets

 

During halftime of a late December 2013 game against the Utah Jazz, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan made the name change official, announcing at center court that the name change from the Bobcats to Hornets would be official come the 2014-2015 season. Along with the name change, the team’s logo and colors will be updated as well.

Charlotte’s NBA team was previously named the Hornets from 1988-2002 when the team was moved to New Orleans.

Why Hornets?

 

Charlotte Hornets LogoThe Hornets were originally chosen as a mascot for Charlotte’s NBA basketball team, because of the insect’s attacking and swarming nature. They are fierce, especially when defending their own nests. They work together at building a nest; their own team of sorts.

A lot of the characteristics shown by the hornet are also exhibited by the city of Charlotte as well. During the Revolutionary War, British commander General Cornwallis referred to Charlotte as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion,” because of the city’s aggressiveness and rebelliousness.

The new logo will utilize the colors purple and teal, and feature an aggressive-looking hornet that is ready to attack. Its piercing eyes, raised antennae, expanded wings and pointed stinger depict its relentless intensity.

Other Insect Mascots

 

Currently, there are no major professional teams (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) with insects as mascots. This will of course change, come the 2014-2015 NBA basketball season, when the Bobcats adopt their new mascot.

There are a few semi-pro and NCAA teams with bugs as mascots. These include: the Salt Lake Bees, the Richmond Spiders, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Sugar Land “Skeeters,” The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the University of Arkansas Monticello Boll Weevils, the San Antonio Scorpions, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Banana Slugs of UCSC, and University of South Carolina Sumter Fire Ants.

Here are the top 10 sports teams named after bugs!

Let’s hope that more professional teams adopt insects as their mascots, like the Charlotte Hornets have now done!

Author Bio: is a Content Manager for Bulwark Exterminating in Charlotte. While I’m an avid Utah Jazz fan, I’m also a bug guy. I’m glad to see more bugs in the NBA.

The Charm Of The South: Winter Storm Leon Edition

Local news is abuzz with the latest breaking news story, “Winter Storm Watch 2014! 2-4 Inches of Snow and Ice Expected!” Winter Storm Leon is on its way, and only one region of North America could get so up in arms about such a minor weather event – welcome to the south!

A Long History of Uproar Over Winter Weather

 

winter stormI was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and have grown accustomed to the response that a snow forecast brings. Travelling 25 miles south to Rock Hill, SC has not proven any different. This week, schools are making decisions about early dismissals and closures more than 24 hours in advance of a single snowflake. We don’t have many salt trucks down here so they have to start their preparation as early as possible to try to lay brine on as many roads as they can before the snow starts falling.

The stories are all true:

  • The grocery stores in Rock Hill all get raided for the two most important items: bread and milk.
  • Whether you’re in North or South Carolina, proceed with caution because people really don’t know how to drive in these conditions. Even if the roads aren’t icey, the snow can end up freezing on the windshield blocking drivers’ field of vision!
  • Since snow and ice is such a rarity down here, our electric systems aren’t built to withstand too much of it, so it doesn’t take much for the town to start shutting down.

It all sounds very dramatic, I know, but it’s hard out there for a southerner in the snow!

Some say that the way southern cities like Rock Hill report news leading up to this type of weather is overkill, but it’s really an important reminder to get all of your most pressing matters out of the way before the snowfall begins. Have dry cleaning to pick up? Better grab it! Feeling sick? Better zip through your local urgent care and grab a Z-Pak! Though non-natives are often surprised at how soon the town starts to “batten down the hatches”, they understand a little bit better once they’ve seen how ill-equipped southern towns are to handle a few inches of snow or ice.

Charming, Isn’t It?

 

Even though I was born down south, I have plenty of family up north who tease us everytime a winter storm threatens Rock Hill with snow. I can’t say I really blame them, but it’s also all in good fun. That’s why I’ve been so surprised over this last couple of days, to see so many people seeming almost angry about the coverage of the storm. “Idiots! Carrying on about a few inches of snow,” one commenter complained on a Rock Hill publication’s Facebook page.

Maybe it’s always been like this, and I’ve just been oblivious, or maybe the sentiment is being amplified by social media. Yes, maybe Rock Hill and the rest of the south get a little crazy sometimes – but to me, that’s always been a part of the southern charm! We’d LOVE to get a full foot of it and have a real reason to get excited, but you’ve got to work with what you have. During a good winter we’ll be lucky to get a couple of storms producing a couple of inches each, and when it happens – we’re going to get excited about it!!

Our weathermen may even stand out in it, and try to grab a handful, and instead come up with mostly leaves and dirt. But they’ll still describe its temperature and wetness, with gusto! That innocence and naivete hasn’t completely lost its appeal yet, has it?

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Liz Frye is true Southern Girl, a mother to five, and a freelance writer who regularly contributes to Universal Woman.

Bulwark Word Search Infographic

Do you like puzzles?

How about word search puzzles?

Well, apparently at least 13,000 of you do, because that’s how many people took part in a “Pest Test” word search puzzle that went viral on Facebook.

The word search puzzle, which was put together by the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, was published on the pest control company’s Facebook page. Viewers of the puzzle were asked to comment on the first pest that they found.

Would you like to participate as well? Here you go:

Bulwark Pest Word Search Puzzle

 

Bulwark Pest Test Puzzle

 

Well, now that you have seen the word search puzzle, what was the first pest you saw? The first pest that you saw, was it also the pest you fear the most? Is this pest also very prominent in the Charlotte area?

What Pests Are Hiding In The Word Search Puzzle?

 

Now that you’ve looked over the pest test word search puzzle, and found at least one pest, you likely want to find them all.

Find the following pests:

  • Scorpion
  • Spider
  • Termite
  • Wasp
  • Bug
  • Roach
  • Fly
  • Bedbugs
  • Ant
  • Lice
  • Flea
  • Gnat
  • Centipede

You can also find these other words:

  • Rice
  • Ice
  • Ted
  • Cop
  • Toys
  • Soda
  • Cats

Bulwark Pest Word Search Infographic

 

Now that you’ve found all the pests hidden in the word search puzzle, yes the very one that went viral over Facebook this summer, maybe you’ve been wondering how you stacked up against the 13,000 plus participants who commented the first pest they found.

Don’t forget to read some of the interesting facts about some of the pests found in the infographic as well.

 

Wordsearch Puzzle Infographic

 

As you can see, scorpions were the most common pest that was found in the word search. Fortunately, Charlotte doesn’t have too may scorpion lurking. Charlotte is home to spiders, termites, roaches, bedbugs, flies, ants, gnats, lice, fleas, and centipedes; so watch out!

If you are seeing any of these unfortunate pests, get Charlotte Pest Control!

“Hornets” Will Return To The NBA

Hey, all you basketball fans. The 2013 NBA Finals are over, but that’s no reason we can’t talk a little hoops, is it? First and foremost, our beloved franchise here in Charlotte announced last month that starting in the 2014 season it Bobcats will be renamed back to the original Charlotte Hornets. As you all know, the Hornets relocated to New Orleans in 2002 and when Charlotte was re-granted a franchise the owners went with the Bobcats. Well, now that New Orleans has dumped the Hornets name and switched to the Pelicans, we’re taking our name back.

Hopefully the name change will be the first of many good changes for the franchise. We keep hearing how our famous owner, Michael Jordan, is 100% and fully dedicated to creating a winning franchise. Although, we have yet to see much of that. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to dump on the Bobcats/Hornets, but let’s be honest. We need to start winning! Winning is fun. Losing? Not so fun.

Here are the few things to remember when it comes to enjoying a winning franchise.

Free agency over drafting. Build the team through the draft, or through free agency? There are plenty of arguments and examples of both, but free agency is a more sure bet. When you sign an established player, you know exactly what you are getting. You have seen him play in the NBA before. As it stands, Charlotte does not have the kind of roster or coaching staff that is going to make one single star want to sign here, so it will have to be multiple signings in a short period of time. A “fast and furious” type of change. Think Houston a year ago. All of sudden they acquired James Harden and Jeremy Lin and now they are in the rumor mill to acquire Dwight Howard from the Lakers.

It starts at the top. The team’s current head coach, Steve Clifford, has quite a lot of work to do. Coming off a 28-120 record over the past two seasons, there is no where else to go but up. Clifford has a boat load of assistant coaching experience, but very little time at the helm. In fact, his last head coaching gig was in 1999 at Adelphi University. At first glance, that’s probably not the most encouraging piece of information, but maybe that’s what a young team like the soon-to-be Hornets need. Think about the last few guys that lead their team to an NBA championship. Guys with the last names of Popovich, Jackson, Rivers and Riley. Although, even they had to start somewhere, so time will only tell.

Superstars. Similar to landing a marquee coach, every winning franchise needs one, and most likely two, all-out superstars. Can you get them in the draft? Yes. Can you get them in free agency? Yes. But think about the stars that became stars with their original team, guys like Lebron James, Kevin Durant or Dwyane Wade. It was expected before they were drafted that they would become stars, and they have. Draft classes have been weak in recent years.

I’ll argue that superstars are more important than coaches. Unless the coach of your team is named Phil Jackson, you absolutely need superstars. And even Jackson had some slump years with the Lakers even with Kobe Bryant. Did Erik Spoelstra win Lebron James two rings or what it the other way around? Did Rick Carlisle win Dirk Nowitzki a ring or was it the other way around? If the Hornets are to be great, remember this: We. Need. Superstars.

 

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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