Back to school – your kids could be bringing home more than homework

Sadly Bed Bugs are all over the news lately   School has just started back up, and you have so much to worry about. You get up early to get the kids ready, feed them, drive them to school through rush-hour traffic. You expect them to be safe at school and come back to you at the end of the day with home-work, and hopefully a great story about how well their day went. Little did you know that Johnny’s friend Billy has been staying in a house that has had a bed bug problem. Or maybe Billy’s family went on vacation right before school started back and they stayed in a hotel that had bed bugs. Billy’s family may not even know they have …

What you can do to prepare for earwig season

Earwig Season? I know, it’s still pretty hot here in South Carolina. As we start to come out of summer though,  and the temperatures begin to cool expect to start seeing more earwigs inside the house. Earwigs do prefer to be outdoor. Earwigs live under rocks, pave stones, fallen trees, wooden garden borders, and anywhere else that is dark and damp. They will emerge at night to feed on other insects and plants. As it begins to get cooler though they will begin to move indoors in search of food. Unfortunately, this means we need to prepare because your home is a prime target.   Earwig related issues There are lot of old wives tales and stories about the earwig. Earwigs are not poisonous, they …

Termite Control in Winter

Termites in the winter? Are termites still active in winter? Is it necessary to perform a termite treatment in winter? What is the best time of year to perform termite control? These are just a few of the questions we get asked quite often regarding termite control. So, it is for that reason, we want to give some clarity and guidance regarding termite control in winter. First, yes, termites are active in the winter. They may not be near the soil surface chewing on an exposed log in twenty-degree temperatures, but they are still foraging and eating cellulose, if they can find it in protected areas. The termites simply keep themselves below the frost line or other protected areas in a structure so they don’t …

How do bed bugs travel?

How Bed Bugs Travel & Why You Need To Know   How do bed bugs travel? A great question, and one we get often. The short answer is that bed bugs travel on people and in their possessions. Now, bed bugs aren’t like other pests that actually hang on to people, like lice. Instead, they may be in your jacket or trousers that you grabbed, lying on the floor near the bed. When you put them on, the bed bug has no choice, but to go along for the ride. The same thing goes for the suitcase, duffel bag or back pack that you, or your child (or your guest) grabbed that morning and threw in the car. If the house or hotel you or …

Winter Pests

How do pests survive the cold temperatures of winter? Well, the short answer is, many do not. However, this depends highly on where you live and what type of winter pest we’re talking about. If you live in South Florida, for instance, the temperatures rarely get cold enough to wipe out the bugs. But if you live in New England, then the pests really don’t stand a chance against the outdoor conditions. In this post, we are writing about pests primarily in South Carolina. Our winters can be mild enough that many pests live. Other winters are so cold, it does a great job at wiping them out. That being said, we have many pests that may take a small beating, but come right back …