North Carolina is the habitat of pests in many shapes and sizes. You will find ants, crane flies, fleas and ticks, mosquitoes, roaches, rodents, stink bugs, and termites in our state. You might also encounter black bears, bats, opossums, raccoons, skunks, and snakes.
Pest damage from unwanted visitors is found indoors and out, in homes and businesses, in urban and rural areas. Pests find their way into buildings through small openings. Mice will flatten themselves and squeeze through the space between the bottom of a door and the floor. Visitors able to crawl, climb, or slither up tree trunks and negotiate branches will get onto your roof and discover passages leading to interior spaces they can explore.
Raccoons and squirrels like to chew on wires leading into your home or business from outside, creating electrical problems not easily fixed. Raccoons also like wood. They can chew holes on your roof large enough to let them enter your attic to have a snack on the insulation. Bats also love to roost in attics and crawl spaces. Their urine and feces are health hazards.
There is a lot you can do to make your building and the area surrounding it less attractive to pests. Bears know that where there are humans, there is food. Keep the lids on your trash bins tightly closed. If cooking on an outdoor grill, don’t leave any food unattended. Avoid feeding your pets outdoors. If you must put their food dishes outside, remove them as soon as your animals have finished eating. If you leave the dishes outside, you might find a possum or raccoon feeding on the leftovers when you return. Use foam to fill in the spaces around pipes leading into your building. Termites, spiders, and ants like living in damp, dark places. Move wood piles away from your home to keep pests from residing too close to you.