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North Carolina has a humid, subtropical climate with mild winters and scorching summers characterized by very high levels of humidity. These conditions are very favorable for a wide variety of pests. North Carolina homeowners are very accustomed to seeing pests in their home, but many don't know much about the critters they are encountering. Knowing what pests to expect and what kind of harm or damage they cause is one of the first steps toward prevention.
Ants are one of the most common pests in North Carolina and there is a range of different species that call this state home. The odorous house ant is the species of ant most often found in North Carolina homes. As their name suggests, these pests emit an unpleasant odor when crushed and often make nests in attics, window frames, and under porches. The acrobat ant is also very prevalent in North Carolina and, when threatened, can emit an unpleasant odor. The little black ant is also common to the region and feeds on a range of items including meat, dairy products and fruits or vegetables. Pavements ants can also be found throughout North Carolina. These ants are blackish in color and prefer to nest in pavement and sidewalk cracks, but often enter the home through tiny openings. Another commonly found ant in North Carolina is the Argentine ant. Fortunately, these species don't bite or sting, but they do enjoy the indoors quite a bit. These ants typically move indoors when the weather is cooler, looking for a warmer environment. Their small size allows them to fit through very tiny cracks or openings to get into your home. Another unique aspect of the Argentine ant is that they don't compete with other Argentine ant colonies and will happily coexist, which can result in an even greater presence of them in your home. Most of these species prefer the outdoors but may end up in your home either accidentally or seeking shelter from cold or warm temperatures.
In the last couple of years, Kudzu bugs have become a significant pest in North Carolina. Kudzu bugs are dark green in color with brown spots and have an oblong shape. These bugs feed on kudzu as well as a variety of other plants. Later in the year, these pests begin looking for warmer places to spend the winter and can enter your home through cracks, windows or pipes. These pests can emit an unpleasant odor and are a nuisance, but they are generally harmless.
Another pest frequently encountered in North Carolina is the springtail. Though these pests don't have wings, they have the unique ability to launch themselves in the air. The most common species of springtails in North Carolina are whitish-grey. Springtails prefer moist areas, and when they move indoors they may be found around sinks or toilets.
The boxelder bug is another very well known pest in North Carolina. There are two species of Boxelder Per their namesake, these bugs primarily feed on the seeds of the boxelder tree. However, they can also be found on other trees frequently found near North Carolina homes such as oak, maple and alder trees. Though these bugs start out as an outdoor problem, in the fall and winter, they often move inside to escape the cold temperatures. Boxelder bugs also feed on other insects, and a noticeable presence of them in your home could indicate other household insect problems. It's no secret that any bugs inside your home are considered a nuisance, but the boxelder bug is harmless.
Many other pests can be found in North Carolina homes including termites, spiders, rodents and more. No matter what pests you are facing, Terminix pest experts will work with you on an individual basis to devise a safe and effective treatment strategy to keep your home pest free.
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