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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
 
 

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
 

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.

North Carolina Carpenter Ant Prevention

Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) (Photo credit: Futureman1)

One of the most common and most destructive ant pests in the Charlotte, NC area is the Carpenter ant. In North Carolina, the Carpenter ant that is most frequently pestering homeowners is the Black Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). This species of Carpenter ant is also referred to as the Pennsylvania Carpenter ant. Whatever you want to call it, this ant species can be very destructive.

Carpenter Ants

 

One of the largest groupings of ant species is the Carpenter ant. They are most well known for their ability to tunnel through wood; and this is one of the primary reasons confuse Carpenter ants for termites. Carpenter ants do differ from termites, in that they do not eat the wood in which they tunnel. North Carolina Carpenter ants reach lengths of about 1/4 inch long, but a few ½ long ants have been spotted.

Normal Carpenter ants have black heads and abdomens, but have a dark red thorax. The Black Carpenter that North Carolina homeowners see is very similar in appearance, but is black all over. It’s important to note, that sometimes these ants can also have wings.

Carpenter Ant Destruction

 

Like I mentioned before, Carpenter ants build their nests in wooden structures in your home and on your property. Unused, rotten, or decaying wood seem to be the ant’s favorite nesting choices; but old, cracking furniture is also susceptible. This nesting behavior can be destructive.

Carpenter ant nesting habits destroy the integrity of wooden structures, including that of your house or furniture. These ants vigorously chew through wood, building tunnels for their nests. If you see piles of sawdust near a wooden structure on your property, it’s a good sign you have a pest problem… And that pest could be a Carpenter ant. It’s about this time you should have your home inspected by a licensed pest control professional.

Carpenter ants tending treehoppers

Carpenter ants tending treehoppers (Photo credit: cotinis)

North Carolina Carpenter Ant Prevention

 

  • Get rid of vacant wood. Whether it’s an old decaying tree stump, abandoned construction materials, or a wood pile; get rid of it! Carpenter ants love to build their nest in this wood.
  • Fix leaks and eliminate standing water. Just like you and I, Carpenter ants need water to survive. Do not make it readily available.
  • Eradicate sources of food. Carpenter ants love to eat proteins, starches, and sweets. Clean up crumbs and food debris from around your home, and tightly seal food containers.
  • Close up wooden cracks with sealant. Cracks in tree stumps, wooden furniture, etc. are an open invitation for Carpenter ants to build a nest. Put up a closed sign by sealing up those cracks with a wood sealant or epoxy.
  • Get professional ant control. One sure-fire solution to keep those destructive Carpenter ants away is to hire an ant control professional who specializes in pest control for Carpenter ants.

North Carolina Pest Control For Carpenter Ants

 

If you suspect you may have Carpenter ants around your Charlotte, NC property, do not wait until it’s too late before you get some help. Waiting will only further damage the integrity of anything that’s made of wood which is located on your property. Get professional ant control!

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
 
 

Fire Ant Stings

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fire_ant_worker1 (Photo credit: bart_drees)

North Carolina Fire Ants

 

One of the most diabolical pests found in the Charlotte, North Carolina area is the Red Imported Fire ant. While these ants bite, they are notorious for very painful stings. You want more bad news? Fire ant season is just around the corner. Fire ants are most active, building their mounds and stinging their victims, from April-September.

Red Imported Fire ants prefer to build their mounds in open, sunny yards that are mowed and watered regularly. That is the majority of yards in North Carolina. Chances are you’ve come across the malevolent ants once or twice; and that means you can be stung.

Fire Ant Stings

 

A human leg three days after coming in brief c...

A human leg three days after coming in brief contact with a fire ant colony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are stung by a fire ant, you will know it immediately. Stings begin as little red marks, and are accompanied by moderate pain. The sting will eventually turn into white pustules or blisters. Fire ant stings will go away after several days, unless the area becomes infected.

There are no other stinging ants in North America. So if you get stung by an ant, you can pretty much assume it’s a fire ant.

Reactions To Fire Ant Stings

 

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Blistering
  • Swelling & Inflammation
  • Wooziness
  • Itchiness
  • Wheezing
  • Confusion & Disorientation
  • Vomiting

Treating Fire Ant Stings

 

If you have been stung by a fire ant, and are experiencing some of the more severe reactions (vomiting, light-headed, etc.), seek medical attention immediately. If you know you are allergic to bees, wasps, or other insects; you need to be very cautious of fire ant stings. There will likely be an allergic connection, and you will need medical attention.

If you’ve been stung by a fire ant, and are not experiencing allergic reactions, stay calm. You will be in pain for awhile. Take a pain reliever. Clean the infected sting area out with watered down bleach, ammonia, or meat tenderizer. This will help denature the fire ant’s venom.

Preventing Fire Ant Stings

 

Preventing Fire Ant stings is about taking extreme precautions. If you see a fire ant mound, keep your distance. Point them out to your children, and teach them to keep their distance. If you disturb their mounds in any way, the worker ants will spill out of the nest and aggressively attack the intruder. If you step on a fire ant mound on accident, multiple ants can crawl up you leg and sting repeatedly.

To best ensure your home and property are not infested by stinging fire ants, you need professional ant control.

Fire Ant Extermination In North Carolina

 

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 

 

Mosquito Terminators of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
(704) 770-8215
mosquito-terminators.com

 

 

Charlotte Hotel Has Bedbugs

 

eaten alive

eaten alive (Photo credit: The Guncle)

Charlotte Hotel Has Bedbugs

 

A woman reached out to Channel 9 News in Charlotte, claiming she got bedbugs from the Homewood Suites Hotel while she was in town during CIAA weekend.

The woman, identified as Stephanie Eason, claims she took the bedbugs home with her without even knowing it, and now they are now infesting her Raleigh, NC home.

Eason said she checked into the hotel on February 28, 2013. During her three night stay, her and her friend saw what appeared to be bugs crawling on the couch inside their room. She contacted the hotel staff, who immediately came and sprayed to room for bugs.

It’s about the room was sprayed, that Eason began noticing red welts on her legs. She determined them to be bites; bites from the notorious bedbug.

Charlotte Hotel Treated For Bedbugs

 

Eason contacted the County Health department who investigated the matter. It was determined that the Homewood Suites Hotel did in fact have bedbugs.

Before the Country Health Department had arrived, the Hotel had been very proactive in treating the bedbug infestation. The room had been closed down, along with three other adjacent rooms. The rooms were treated by pest control professionals.

Eason also sought the services of a Raleigh pest control professional to eliminate the bedbugs from her Raleigh home. She is seeking compensation for the incident, and working with the hotel’s insurance company.

Bed Bug

Bed Bug (Photo credit: agrilifetoday)

Bedbugs

 

Bedbugs are malevolent bloodsucking insects that are easily transferred from hotels, buses, taxis, to apartments and homes. Bedbugs are reddish-brown in color. The are flat, and look much like an apple seed.

Bedbugs hide in the bedding, mattresses, carpet and furniture; emerging to feed on human hosts. Bedbugs need blood to survive, and are very resilient and hard to eliminate. If you fear you have brought bedbugs into your home, contact a pest control professional immediately.

Charlotte, NC Pest Control

 

General Pest Control

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
 

Bedbug Control

On Point Bed Bug Killing Services
915 N New Hope Rd # E1
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 964-6280
 
Reliable Bed Bug Removal Services
301 10th St NW # F1o
Conover, NC 28613
(704) 325-9016
 

Avoiding Ticks Bites

English: The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone S...

English: The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ticks

 

Ticks are blood-sucking pests that can spread many different types of diseases. Some diseases include: Lyme disease, typhus, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. When they bite, they can cause significant lesions on the skin, and infect living tissue.

Ticks eat blood, and are creatures of the North Carolina fields and woods. They will look for hosts to attach themselves to by climbing trees and other vegetation. They will then passively wait for an unwary person or animal to brush up against it. The tick will then attach itself to it’s host, until it finds an appropriate place to feed.

Avoiding Tick Bites

 

The best way for Charlotte, NC residents to keep from contracting a tick-borne disease, is to not get bit. Staying away from areas infected with ticks is best, but if you happen to make your way into such an area, take the following precautions:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while working or walking in tick-infested areas.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which will make any stowaway ticks easier to see.
  • Tuck your long pants into your boots or socks. This will prevent ticks from making their way up your leg.
  • Apply a permethrin-based tick repellent to the outside of clothing, predominantly to the pant legs
  • Immediately wash clothing with hot water and detergent, avoiding throwing clothes on the floor or in the hamper.
  • Perform tick inspections.
  • Get professional pest control.

Tick Inspections

 

After leaving a tick infested area, carefully inspect yourself for ticks. You may need help from a friend or family member, because ticks love to feed on the back of your head. Ticks will often times adhere themselves to the back of your skull, where they can hide in your hair. It’s important to note, that very young ticks and their larvae are very tiny and can be confused for a freckle on your body.

Species of Charlotte North Carolina Ticks

 

The Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick eagerly feeds on human blood, and will also attack and large wild or domestic animals such as deer and dogs. Adults and nymphs are abundant in the spring and summer months. The mite-like larvae of this species, sometimes called seed ticks, are plentiful in the fall months. It’s during this stage when the lone star tick will attack humans the most.

The Brown Dog Tick

This tick is active year round in North Carolina, but will rarely attach itself to humans. It’s your pets that you need to worry about when it comes to this tick. Pets need to be protected by preventing them from venturing into tick-infested areas.

The American Dog Tick

These ticks will prefer humans and dogs as hosts. They are active March-November, and live along woodland paths and in North Carolina parks. They can also be found in the shrubs of suburban homes.

Charlotte Pest Control

 

If you are having a problem with ticks near your Charlotte, NC property, get professional help. Save yourself the worry of contracting diseases spread by ticks. If you’re having problems with pests other than ticks; like spiders, roaches, or ants, an exterminator can help you with that too.

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

Mosquito Terminators of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
(704) 770-8215
mosquito-terminators.com

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