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Minimize Moisture: Resisting Earwigs in Your North Carolina Home

An earwig on a piece of cloth
Like most of us, earwigs like warm, cozy surroundings. However, these pests also prefer a high dose of moisture in their environment. That's why the most important earwig control method is keeping moisture under control. Find out more about this common household problem from the team at Innovative Pest Control, serving North Carolina homes and businesses.

About the Earwig

Measuring about 5/8" long, the earwig has a reddish-brown body supported by light-brown legs. Although the pincers at the end of an earwig's body look intimidating, they're harmless to humans. However, earwig populations can do serious damage to agricultural and home garden crops. These insects dine on live plants, dead bugs, and rotting vegetation. They're nocturnal creatures, but some earwig varieties are attracted to lights.

Why Do I Have an Earwig Infestation?

As we mentioned, an earwig's ideal environment is warm and humid. They often hide out in damp boxes or in planters. You may unwittingly bring an earwig (or two or three...) inside when hauling in seasonal items or protecting a plant on a chilly night. A damp crawlspace, moisture around your foundation, or a dripping spigot is likely to lure nearby earwigs. And if the weather turns cold, these pests are even likelier to seek shelter wherever they can find their way in.

How Can I Prevent Earwig Infestations?

Reduce excess moisture wherever it occurs. Fix plumbing leaks, both indoors and outside. It's common for North Carolina homes to have too much moisture in crawlspaces and basements with dirt floors. Vapor barriers help prevent earwig invasions and a host of other issues. In addition to helping with earwig control, replacing worn weather strips and sealing gaps in your foundation and walls helps keep out all kinds of pests. Be sure window and door screens fit snugly inside their frames, and cover weep holes with screens.

Earwig Control from the Experts

Earwigs may not endanger your health or safety, but we can all agree these creepy crawlers don't belong inside. From dehumidifying the basement to sealing off points of entry, there are plenty of ways to defend against these invaders. If these methods don't do the trick, or if you're already experiencing an infestation, look to professional earwig control services. The team at Innovative Pest Control has what it takes to restore comfort and peace of mind inside your North Carolina home or business.

Why North Carolina Spiders Are Your Natural Pest Control Solution

A house spider crawls along the carpet
Despite our size advantage, spiders cause a gut-level reaction in many of us. Shrieking, grabbing the nearest shoe, or simply running the other way are all perfectly understandable responses to these primal fear-inducing creatures. But even arachnophobes may want to consider the benefits of spider populations can bring. Innovative Pest Solutions explains why – although spider control is sometimes essential – adopting a "live and let live" policy is a worthwhile option.

Are Spiders Dangerous?

Some of our North Carolina customers give us a call at the first sighting of an eight-legged creepy crawler. Sometimes that's a good idea. After all, certain species can be dangerous; however, most are not. Although they may bite if cornered, the following common spider varieties are considered harmless:
  • Wolf spider House spider Parson spider
In most instances, a spider will avoid people. And it's pretty rare for an arachnid to climb into your bed for a midnight snack. Many "spider bites" are actually the handiwork of an insect.

Household Pests: A Spider's Prey

While most spider types found in North Carolina are harmless to humans, household pests are a spider's prey. Arachnids feed on cockroaches, mosquitoes, and other creatures you don't want in your house. The average spider eats up to 2,000 bugs yearly, many of which are disease carriers. In addition, if two arachnids meet up, a battle to the death is pretty much inevitable. That means fewer spiders as well. Is that ugly, creepy spider you just saw starting to look a little more attractive, or do you still have local spider control pros on speed dial?

Spider Benefits

The scary-looking yet humble spider is an important part of the ecosystem. And besides killing off unwanted insects inside your house, arachnids eat many of the garden pests that threaten to ruin your flowers and veggies. However, it's never a good idea to touch a spider, and the following arachnids' venom can cause potentially serious reactions if you do:
  • Black widow Brown recluse
While these are the two dangerous spider varieties most often found in North Carolina, non-native arachnids sometimes make an appearance here. Whether you think you've spotted dangerous spiders or you just can't tolerate the sight of the creepy eight-legged creatures, contact Innovative Pest Solutions for safe, effective spider control today.

Rodent Control Myths: Why You Need a Professional in North Carolina

Mice and rats can turn your home or business life into a nightmare. From leaving droppings behind to creating fire hazards, these pests endanger your health, safety, and finances. Innovative Pest Management Inc. debunks three of the most popular misconceptions about rodents, explaining why professional rodent control is a must for North Carolina residents and business owners.

Three Common Myths About Rodents

1. Cheese makes the perfect mousetrap bait. Other than the convenience of placing a chunk of cheese on a mousetrap, there are few reasons to use it as rodent bait. Mice prefer sweets, meats, and foods with high water content, since they get most of their hydration from the food they eat. Try bacon, chocolate, seeds, or fruit instead of the old dairy standby to get rid of mice. Since there's rarely just a single rodent, DIY methods are often ineffective. You'll need the help of a trusted pest control team to strategically tackle infestations. 2. Having a cat means not having mice. Well-fed cats are seldom driven to rid their homes of mice. They may toy with or kill a mouse when feeling playful. But most pet cats lack the motivation to become predators when their tummies are full and their needs are met. Instead of relying on your complacent kitty, enlist the aid of a professional rodent control team to do the dirty work. And since mice and rats produce dozens of pup litters per year, acting quickly is a must. 3. Rodents don't live in neighborhoods like mine. Mice and rats don't care what zip code your neighborhood is in or whether everyone maintains their homes and lawns. They're simply looking for food, warmth, and shelter wherever they can find it. Even the cleanest homes and businesses can attract these critters if they provide easy access to the things these pests need. Keep food sealed in airtight metal or glass containers, avoid using cardboard boxes (rodents either chew them or hide in them), and seal off any cracks or gaps in walls and around entryways.

The Truth: Professional Care Is Your Best Bet

It's easy to see how rodents can wreak havoc in homes and businesses. From contaminating your food to chewing on electrical wiring, these pests cause problems wherever they go. Instead of relying on conventional wisdom to eradicate infestations on your North Carolina property, contact the experts at Innovative Pest Management, Inc. We've provided safe, effective rodent control to customers for over two decades.

Cold Season Combatant: Stopping North Carolina Ants This Winter

It's winter, and ants are just as anxious to get in from the cold as we are. While you may feel helpless seeing these pests march across your floors and counter tops, the good news is you don't have to live with an ant infestation. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. explains how North Carolina residents and business owners can clear their properties with effective ant control measures this time of year.

Make Your Home Less Alluring with Vinegar

Although sealing cracks, gaps, and other accidental openings in walls and around entryways may make it more difficult, ants are small enough to find a way into your house. These pests hate the smell of vinegar, so make your home less attractive by whipping up a 1:1 water-and-vinegar solution for the following uses: • Mop floors, especially in the kitchen • Spray around windowsills and doorways to deter entry • Clean counter tops after meals, snack time, and food prep Vinegar is a safe, inexpensive ant repellent that you're likely to already have on hand. It also disrupts pheromone trails they leave behind to communicate with others in their group.

Eliminating Ant Infestations

If you see one ant, there are probably many more elsewhere in your home. A few of these insects may leave the nest they've likely built inside your floors or walls to find food. If you're able to find ants' nests, try spraying them with dish soap or boric acid. Boric acid is toxic, so only apply it in areas where your kids and pets don't have access. But getting rid of nests may not completely eradicate ant infestations in your home or business. In this case, you'll need expert ant control services from trusted professionals.

The Proven Ant Control Professionals

Many property owners are plagued by ant problems during the colder winter months. You don't have to tolerate these pesky bugs, though. When preventive measures and DIY methods don't do the trick, it's time to call in the ant control professionals. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. has helped residential and commercial customers in North Carolina enjoy pest-free properties for 20-plus years. We’ll get rid of ants at your home or business and help prevent future infestations. Schedule a free consultation today.

FACT: Cold weather drives bugs inside your home

Pest hide when it’s cold. Living in Denver NC on Lake Norman I often hear folks say, “It’s cold so I’m sure we will not have any pests right now” which what they are trying to say is just skip me this month. People think that pests actually die when it gets cold outside. Our homes produce heat in, under and around them. Pests often will seek cover during extreme low temperatures under pine needles and mulch. Many will try to penetrate the barrier and get into a crawlspace then proceed to harbor behind insulation. Stink bugs, lady bugs and others will get into the attic and hang out under the insulation where it is protected. Last year we found 13 Brown Recluse spiders feeding on the insects that overwintered in an attic. Ants often will harbor inside of wall voids over cold months. We get calls for ants over the winter months as they are often seen hanging out along interior walls that are on the sunny side. The heat from our sun helps them survive and keeps them warm. I have seen live snakes hanging out under a thick bed of pine needles next to a house in the middle of winter. It was the sunny side of the house. In our area we would need a major deep freeze that lasted several days in order to actually eliminate most pest around our homes. Our homes are full of cracks and crevices which create nice harboring spots for pests to survive. Innovative Pest Management Inc.’s award winning services treats these areas to help control insects from becoming a pest in and around your home. Just remember, if they live there during the winter, most likely they will multiply and spring time populations will be more severe. Call 704-489-BUGS today and get your home protected.

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