How to Avoid the Swarming Pests of Spring

A swarm of mosquitos in Moore County NC in spring.

Ah, Spring in North Carolina! Warm weather, sunshine… and swarming insects. The warmth and humidity of spring in Moore County draws many species of insects out of their winter habitats to feed and breed. Many of these insects are merely a nuisance but some of them are potentially dangerous to people or harmful to property. Learn which insects to watch for, what you can do to protect yourself and your home, and how Aberdeen Exterminating can help if these precautions aren’t enough. 

Which Bugs Swarm in Spring?

Many bugs are known to swarm in spring but these are some of the most common or problematic swarming bugs in Moore County: 

Bees: If bees are swarming on your property, they’re likely seeking food and shelter. Watch for the construction of bees’ nests in trees or on the eaves of your home. Carpenter bees can be especially concerning. They’re large, solitary bees often seen hovering near wooden structures in spring. They are important pollinators but can cause damage to wooden structures. They drill holes in wood to make their nests, which is how they get their name. 

Ladybugs: Ladybugs are a type of beetle that is often seen in large numbers in spring. They are beneficial insects that help control aphids and other garden pests.

Lovebugs: Lovebugs are a type of fly known for their distinctive mating swarms. They are typically found in the southeastern United States, including North Carolina.

Moths: Several species of moths, including the white-lined sphinx moth and the eastern tent caterpillar, are known to swarm in spring in Moore County

Stinkbugs: Stinkbugs are a common insect in Moore County and can be seen swarming in spring. While they are not harmful to humans, they can be a nuisance in large numbers.

Termites: Termites begin swarming in the early spring months to establish new colonies. When termites are mating, you’ll typically find wings on the ground because termites shed their wings when they mate. If mating is happening on your property, then you are at risk of a termite infestation if you don’t already have one.

Wasps: In the warmer months, the queen will come out of hibernation and begin looking for food. If you see wasps flying low to the ground in your yard, they are likely looking for grubs, larvae, or insects for the queen or her brood. 

How to Keep Swarming Insects Away

Be careful with food and drink outside

When the weather heats up, so do our grills! Bees and especially wasps are attracted to protein-rich foods like the meat you or your neighbors will be cooking. They’re also attracted to sugary drinks. To keep bees and wasps from making an uninvited appearance at your picnic or BBQ, be sure to seal up leftovers promptly and keep any sugary drinks sealed or covered.

Clean up debris in your yard

To keep insects away, you’ll want to keep your yard clear of any kind of debris that could be a habitat for insects, including leaves, sticks and any fruit that may fall from fruit trees. Keeping your lawn mowed short can also help. Stack firewood, ideally off the ground, away from buildings, and covered by a tarp. 

Prevent water from collecting on your property

Many different types of pests are attracted to water, either for breeding or for drinking. There are many items in our yards that can easily fill with water given how stormy spring in Moore County can be. Whether it’s a birdbath, an empty bucket, a flower pot or a trash can lid, try to prevent water from accumulating in any objects on your property.

Expert Pest Control in Moore County

At Aberdeen Exterminating we provide comprehensive pest control services to help keep insects away from your home in the spring and all year round. Don’t suffer through another season of not being able to enjoy your outdoor space.  Contact us today for a free quote.

A Pest-Fighting Insulation?

A cockroach scurries down a hallway

As a homeowner in Moore County, you know the risks of pest infestations in and around your property. Aberdeen Exterminating has a team skilled in everything from removing bee nests to eradicating ant colonies. We even offer comprehensive, round-the-clock pest control services through our PestFree365+ plan. But what if we told you that there was a baseline of protection that can actively kill most insects without you having to lift a finger? And what if this solution also functioned to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer? All of this, and even more, is possible with the installation of TAP® Insulation.

What is TAP® Insulation?

TAP insulation is made from cellulose that is then blown into attics or wall voids. The cellulose is made from around 80% of recycled materials, and it’s treated with a special concentration of boric acid. The powder isn’t harmful to pets, children or adults unless ingested in large quantities. But when insects come in contact with it, the chemical coats their bodies and is then ingested when they groom themselves or each other. Once boric acid gets into an insect’s system, they are unable to pass it. Eventually, this causes the pests to die of dehydration or malnutrition, and – just like that – you’ve managed to stop a potential infestation, possibly without even realizing it.

What pests can TAP insulation stop? If you have rats or mice in your house, our insulation won’t do much to their systems. But TAP can effectively kill insects as small as ants or Formosan termites, or as big as cockroaches and most beetles. And once it settles it continues to be effective almost indefinitely, giving you a defense for your home that you can rely on for decades to come.

TAP® Insulation – Pros and Cons

What makes TAP Insulation so special to us is not just its pest-killing properties. It’s that when compared to the other materials commonly used in its place, it’s objectively a high-quality insulator. It can better cover a given surface area, which increases its overall effectiveness. TAP is flame retardant and mold resistant, and it’s able to slow the transfer of heat in a way that’ll take the strain off your HVAC systems and keep you comfortable all year long. You’ll save money on your energy bill, lower your carbon footprint, and prevent alternative insulating materials from winding up in the landfill.

However, TAP insulation, like any other home renovation technique, has its pros and cons. TAP is a cellulose insulator and can be vulnerable to moisture. While it can resist mold, it may rot with water damage. And, while it does have a higher R-value than fiberglass batting, it’s not quite as high as spray foam. Still, it’s a revolutionary product. If your home is under-insulated and prone to pest infestation, it’s a no-brainer. But make sure you choose the right company to install it. Our team at Aberdeen Exterminating strives to be the best TAP installer in the Moore County area.

Aberdeen Exterminating for TAP® Pest Control Insulation

Why would a pest control company offer insulation services? We do it to protect your home from every foreseeable angle. We do it because, while we’re happy to treat any infestation in commercial or residential properties across the area, we’d much rather you not have an infestation to begin with. And it’s not just about convenience – it’s a matter of safety. It’s protecting the investment you make in your home, and the ability to live comfortably without the influence of pests. We can’t guarantee that TAP will completely eliminate any chance of a pest infestation. What we’re here to say is that we can help prepare against pests, building a barrier between them and yourself, and TAP Insulation can help make that happen. Contact us today to learn more!

Will Rodents Contaminate Your Attic Insulation?

Two rats found in Moore County NC

Rodents cause issues for Moore County residents every winter. It’s a bad sign when you hear scuttling sounds coming from your walls or crawlspaces — it could mean that you have an infestation of rats or mice. Rodents often tunnel through our insulation to create warm nests or access other areas of our homes, but does this contaminate your insulation and necessitate replacement? Read on to learn about the consequences of rodents in your attic from the rodent control team at Aberdeen Exterminating.

Should I Replace Rodent-Infested Insulation?

A rodent presence inside your home or on your property can cause all sorts of problems. Rats and mice are notorious disease harborers, spreading pathogens not only through their bites, but also through their urine and feces. These are some notable conditions that rodents are responsible for:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Hantavirus
  • Tularemia
  • Rat bite fever
  • Parasites, and more

Because of the possibility of exposure to a long list of serious illnesses, it is highly recommended that you replace your insulation after it is infested by rodents. Not only does a rodent infestation in your insulation come with a risk of infection, it also compromises the strength of your insulation to regulate your home’s temperature and defend against other kinds of pests.

How to Keep Rodents Out of Insulation

Protecting your insulation from rats and mice starts with practicing regular rodent prevention. Add these preventative measures to your routines:

  1. Check around your house often for cracks and gaps in roofing, siding, plumbing fixtures, foundation, and elsewhere
  2. Seal all of your food in airtight containers and stow it away properly when you aren’t eating
  3. Keep your trash bins as far away from your home as you can, and take out your indoor trash often
  4. Team up with your local rodent exterminators to assess your home and property for vulnerabilities that could be attracting rats and mice

The Best Way to Prevent Rodents in Moore County

The best way to keep rodents off your property is to work with experts who understand their patterns and symptoms. Our technicians at Aberdeen Exterminating are experts in rodent control and are trained to use environmentally friendly tools and techniques to provide an equally safe and effective service.

We also offer a crawlspace moisture control service geared towards making your insulation less vulnerable to rodent infestations in the first place. Using moisture barriers, dehumidification, and crawlspace encapsulation, we can ensure that your insulation stays strong for years, as it should. To learn more about either of these services and receive a free quote, reach out today!

Fall Pests in Your Home

Wasps and nest in attic: a fall pest infestation

Every year as the weather changes in the fall, many pests attempt to head somewhere warmer. Many of the insects that don’t die off in the fall take part in a phenomenon called overwintering. They find a habitable environment to wait out the cold winter months. Some insects will migrate to warmer clients, some find hiding spots outside under debris, while others try to get inside homes and buildings to stay warm. 

Unfortunately for homeowners, the pests that try to overwinter inside warm buildings frequently end up in our homes. Often these pests will end up in low-traffic areas of homes like behind the walls or in the attic. The most frequent pests to watch for in the fall and winter include rodents, termites, stink bugs, Asian lady beetles, and wasps. Continue reading to learn more about these common fall pests and their efforts to get in your home.


Many pests can get into your attic by climbing up onto the roof. Squirrels are the most well-known culprits, but roof rats and mice are jaso adept at climbing and making nests in the attic. How can you tell if you have rodents living in your home? The most common sign of a rodent infestation is scratching or gnawing sounds from above or from inside the walls; if you hear these sounds, it’s time to call an experienced rodent exterminator.


The cost of termite damage in the United States is estimated to be up to $30 billion annually – making them the most destructive pest in the country by dollar value. While termites are present all year, fall and winter can worsen an already-existing infestation. Like many insects, subterranean termites (the most destructive species) tend to burrow deeper into the ground to stay warm in the winter, when most of us spend less time outside. This combination means you’re less likely to discover a subterranean termite infestation until the spring. 

Once termites get in your home, they’ll consume wood (the structure of your home) and anything else that contains cellulose. Signs you may have termites in your home include blisters on painted falls, hollow-sounding wood, mud tunnels in your crawlspace, and unexplained pinhole-sized holes. 

Stink Bugs

Another common pest that often hides undetected during the winter, typically in attics, crawlspaces, or behind the walls, is the stink bug. Known for their shield-shaped backs and their mottled coloring of brown and gray, the most common species, the brown marmorated stink bug, ranges in size from about ¼” to ⅜”. As their name suggests, stink bugs release an unpleasant odor when they feel threatened or are squished. 

Asian lady beetles

Asian lady beetles look very similar to ladybugs, but with a few differences: they tend to be a bit larger, and though their coloration is similarly reddish orange, they don’t all have spots. These insects can be found in groups and communicate with each other using pheromones – so if one lady beetle finds its way into your home, you’re likely to have a large infestation on your hands. Asian lady beetles do not pose any direct threat to your home’s structure and don’t bite or sting, but their waste can stan as well as trigger allergic reactions and breathing problems for individuals with sensitivities.


Generally speaking, wasps die off before each winter and the colonies do not overwinter. But to keep the colony thriving the following year, the fertilized queens will find a warm hiding spot to overwinter, often in stumps or hollow logs outdoors, or in protected structures like crawlspaces and attics. This can often lead to wasp infestations the following year when the queens restart their colonies.

Expert Exterminators

If you have any of the pests on this list in or around your home in the Moore County NC area, Aberdeen Exterminating can help. We’ve been providing quality pest control services to Moore County since 1960. We can get rid of pests trying to overwinter in your home, or provide preventative services to help keep them from ever getting in. Contact us for a free quote!

Late Summer Pests and How to Deal with Them

a man spraying pesticides ourdoors

As the heat of summer starts to fade, some may think they can let their guard down when it comes to pest control and awareness. This can be a big and costly mistake. There are still plenty of people spending time outdoors, and while there’s warmth and food to enjoy there is the same for any insects and rodents in your area. These pests can take advantage of the season to get what they need – be it blood, food, or a place to nest. You don’t want these unwelcome guests to disturb your summer. Luckily, with the right preventative measures, you can avoid an influx of insects or rodents in and around your property. So keep reading to learn what pests to look out for and how Aberdeen Exterminating can help keep your home clear.


Late Summer Pests

Every season comes with its own pests that have adapted to the conditions. Because of that, the pest problems in summer tend to involve creatures that thrive in warmer weather. This means that around now you may see some of the following:

Bees, Wasps and HornetsThese stinging instincts work, pollinating plants and eating the food left outside at barbeques and other outdoor get-togethers. Because of that, they can pose a problem well into the end of summer.

Ticks: The early summer is breeding season for ticks, who thrive in overgrowth during warm weather. A few months after they reach maturity they will climb to the top of the grass and wait for a host.

Wildlife: Bugs aren’t the only pests you have to worry about in late summer. Animals like raccoons, possums and squirrels are known for wandering into neighborhoods during the late summer, tearing through trash bins and making a mess.

MosquitoesMosquitos are pervasive and difficult to control. If they establish a successful breeding population, it can be nearly impossible to exterminate them by the time late summer rolls around. Mosquitoes are active as long as the outdoor temperature stays above 50°F.


Pest-proof Hacks for Your Property

If your pest infestation is severe enough, the best way to treat it is by hiring a professional exterminator. However, there are always preventative measures you can take. To do this, we at Aberdeen Exterminating suggest:

  • Keeping your yard tidy by trimming trees and shrubs and promptly disposing of grass clippings and other debris that can house pests.
  • Seal your home, covering any cracks or gaps in roofing, foundation or siding
  • Protect your trash by getting outside bins that can fully seal and taking the trash out regularly.
  • Monitor standing water, which provides an easy breeding ground for mosquitoes.


Help with Summer Pests

If you’ve done all of this and more and still find yourself struggling with some kind of late summer pest, Aberdeen Exterminating has the skills and experience you need to clear out any bugs or rodents from your property. We’ve been providing quality pest control services in Moore County NC since 1960. Contact us today to get started and say goodbye to late summer pests!

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Bathroom

Ants in a bathroom in Moore County NC - Aberdeen Exterminating

Ants are a tricky pest to prevent. Many of the bugs living around Moore County NC are seasonal pests, meaning that we know what season they’re going to come around and when their presence will eventually subside. With ants, however, we never quite know when we’re going to have to take care of an infestation. Ants usually emerge during rapid temperature changes to look for the resources that they’re starting to lack. This usually means that they’ll target your bathroom or other places where moisture builds up in your home. If you’re dealing with an infestation, read on to learn how to get rid of ants in the bathroom with Aberdeen Exterminating!

Why Are There Ants in the Bathroom?

The main reason for having ants in your bathroom is usually a moisture problem. Ants will take advantage of the water that pools up in your shower, in your sink, or on your floor for an accessible water source. More particularly, carpenter ants often infest bathrooms because of the damp, moisture-damaged wood that they can tunnel through to create their nests. All kinds of ant species have an easy time infesting bathrooms, though. This is because of the accessibility of most bathrooms. Ants often get into our bathrooms in these ways:

  • Finding cracks in foundation and walls
  • Forming trails through open windows
  • Traveling through gaps around plumbing fixtures
  • Sneaking in through ventilation openings

Ants might also make their way into your bathroom from your kitchen or elsewhere in your house, so it’s important to locate the source of their trail, if possible.

Getting Rid of Ants in the Bathroom

Finding where your ants are coming from is the most important part of ant removal, but this can be a difficult task when ants travel through walls, pipes, and tiny gaps that you might not even notice. This makes it key to prevent ants before they arrive. Here are some ant prevention strategies that we recommend:

  • Ensure that your bathroom is properly ventilated
  • Address all plumbing fixtures to check for leaks and cracks
  • Replace water-damaged wood
  • Seal any cracks and crevices leading in from outside of your home
  • Move mulch away from your siding and trim plants away from your home’s exterior
  • Make sure that your windows and doors seal properly

Who Can Help Get Rid of Ants in Moore County NC?

If you can’t find the source of your ant problem, it’s time to involve your local pest control company. At Aberdeen Exterminating, we train our ant removal experts to pinpoint all active ant colonies in your home and around your property in order to stop your ant infestation at its source. With safe and effective ant control products and refined strategies, we can keep your home ant-free all year long. Reach out today to learn more about our ant extermination services and receive a free quote!

Why Are Mosquitoes Biting Me?

What mosquitoes look like in Moore County NC - Aberdeen Exterminating

You may have heard someone you know refer to themselves as a “mosquito magnet”—you might even be one yourself! But have you ever gone beyond accepting your fate to wonder why? The truth is, we don’t know everything about why mosquitoes choose certain people over others to target, but we do know that everyone is susceptible to mosquito bites, and everyone can take a few certain precautions to lessen their chances of being bitten by mosquitoes when spring rolls around. If you want to avoid mosquito bites in Moore County NC this year, read on for advice from the mosquito control experts at Aberdeen Exterminating!

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Certain People?

While we know a number of sensory triggers that mosquitoes use to identify hosts to feed on, it’s difficult to specify distinct and measurable characteristics in humans that make some of us more vulnerable to their bites. One important fact to note, though, is that the more physically active we are outdoors and around their breeding grounds, the higher our chances of being bitten are. This is because mosquitoes sense for these three things:

  1. Breath: The carbon dioxide that we emit through exhalation is the main indicator of nearby hosts to mosquitoes. Of course, more physical activity means more rapid breathing, releasing more CO2 in the process.
  2. Body odor: Our natural body odors become stronger through perspiration caused by physical activity. However, certain perfumes or dietary choices seem to also play a role in mosquito attraction.
  3. Temperature: When our body temperature heats up after a duration of physical activity, we become more easily detectable to mosquitoes.

How to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Moore County NC

At this point, you might be thinking, “Well, I can’t just stay inside all spring and summer!” So how can you avoid mosquito bites while still getting active outdoors? There are a few different ways to go about this:

  • Avoid or get rid of standing water: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and will make use of even the tiniest sources. Check around your yard for pooling standing water in gutters, planter boxes, bird baths, and other places where rainwater collects. You should also avoid planning outdoor activities around ponds or other natural standing water sources at dawn and dusk.
  • Choose clothes strategically: It has been proven that white or light-colored clothing can deter mosquitoes. This is because dark colors trap heat and raise your internal body temperature. Additionally, even though it can be a tough choice in the heat, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants will greatly reduce your chances of bites.
  • Use EPA-approved insect repellent: Bug sprays that use DEET or picaridin are your most powerful safe options to protect your skin from mosquito bites. Lemon eucalyptus and citronella oil are helpful all-natural alternatives.

Need Professional Mosquito Extermination?

You don’t have to deal with mosquito bites year after year. To protect your family from mosquito bites on your property, reach out to your local mosquito exterminators. The team at Aberdeen Exterminating can set up a professional barrier treatment that keeps your yard mosquito-free for months. Reach out today for a free quote!

Identifying & Preventing Flying Termites

Flying termites in Moore County NC - Aberdeen Exterminating

Spring is nearly here, and with it, hoards of swarming insects. One of the most concerning pests we deal with here in North Carolina is the termite. While these destructive pests are active year-round, springtime is when they are known to begin swarming and infesting new areas. For that reason, it’s crucial to be on the lookout for flying termites this time of year and to know how to prevent them from getting indoors. At Aberdeen Exterminating, we know how distressing the thought of a termite infestation is. Our experts are here to share everything you need to know about flying termites, from identifying them to getting rid of them for good.

What to Know About Flying Termites

Seeing flying termites in or near your home is one of the biggest indicators of a potential infestation. This makes it imperative to always keep an eye out for these pests. Also known as “swarmers” or “alates”, flying termites are black to brown in color and measure 3/8″ long including the wings. Their wings are translucent to slightly milky or smoky in color. Their wings may overlap and are typically as long as or slightly longer than the body.

Flying termites typically swarm in the spring and find their way into structures around basement windows, doorways, near porches, or any other area where wood comes into contact with soil. A mature colony can slowly devour your structure without you even noticing, which is why it’s important to have preventative measures in place.

How to Prevent Termite Swarms

Especially in the spring, it’s crucial to always be on the lookout for signs of flying termites. The good news is that there are several things you can do to make your property less penetrable to these wood-destroying insects. Some of the top tips to prevent flying termites in your North Carolina home include the following.

  1. Store all firewood away from the perimeter of your home.
  2. Repair issues with your plumbing to avoid any leaks or moisture that could attract termites.
  3. Clear your yard of any rotting wood, trees, etc. Ensure your porch or deck is maintained.
  4. Keep all mulch away from the foundation of your home.
  5. Work with a professional termite control expert to implement treatments that repel termites.

Worried About Termites in Your Home?

Whether you suspect an active termite infestation or noticed flying termites near your home, you’re going to need help to get rid of them! The best defense against a wood-destroying insect infestation is to get annual inspections from a professional pest control company such as Aberdeen Exterminating. Contact us today to learn more about preventing flying termites near your home year-round.

How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches in Your Home

A German cockroach in Aberdeen NC - Aberdeen Exterminating

Are you seeing small, pale brown cockroaches in your kitchen or bathroom? Chances are that you’re dealing with a German cockroach infestation. Despite what their name might lead you to believe, German cockroaches are some of the most common roaches found in the United States. They have been infesting our houses, apartments, and businesses in Aberdeen NC for many years. If you’re wondering how to get rid of German cockroaches in your home, read on for expert advice from the technicians at Aberdeen Exterminating!

Identifying German Cockroaches

So you’re sure you’ve found roaches in your home, but do you know which kind they are? Identifying the species of cockroach on your property will help you narrow down the causes and sources of your infestation, allowing you to prevent problems down the line.

German cockroaches have a few distinct features that you can identify them by:

  • They are pale brown in color with two darker stripes running down their bodies, stemming from their heads
  • They are smaller than most cockroaches in Aberdeen NC, maxing out around 5/8” in length
  • You will most likely see them under cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom

German cockroaches are the fastest-breeding species of cockroach in the area, so if you think you’ve found some in your home, you must attend to them quickly. In a perfect environment, a single cockroach mother and her offspring can produce thousands of new cockroaches in one year.

How to Get Rid of a German Cockroach Infestation

Many people look to natural or do-it-yourself methods of cockroach removal when they discover an infestation in their home. One of the most common approaches to DIY roach control is using boric acid. When roaches walk through boric acid, they then groom themselves and end up injecting the toxins. However, this method fails to address the source of the infestation more often than not, and boric acid can be dangerous to place in a home with pets or children.

The best way to get rid of German cockroaches is to team up with a professional cockroach control team who can find and eliminate the source of your infestation.

Professional Cockroach Control in Aberdeen NC

If you’re wondering how to get rid of German cockroaches for good, reach out to your local pest control company and ask how they can help. At Aberdeen Exterminating, we train our roach control team to conduct exhaustive inspections, eliminating all sources of infestation and helping our customers prevent outbreaks going forward. Contact us today for a free quote!

How to Inspect a Hotel Room For Bed Bugs

Inspecting hotel bed for bed bugs in Moore County NC - Aberdeen Exterminating

A hotel room—no matter whether at a five-star resort or a roadside motel—is one of the most common harborages for bed bugs. Whether you work for a local hotel or have an upcoming trip, it’s imperative that you are vigilant about the risk of these pests. According to PestWorld, hotel rooms are one of the top three places where people encounter bed bugs. The resurgence of bed bugs has increased drastically over the past decade and is experiencing another surge as people are traveling again after the pandemic.

At Aberdeen Exterminating, we know how distressing it can be to deal with bed bugs as a home or business owner. In this blog, we’ll outline our checklist for hotel bed bug inspections for hotel employees and travelers alike.

Are Bed Bugs in Hotels Common?

Found nationwide, bed bugs are an increasingly common occurrence not just in residential homes, but hotels. But why are hotels susceptible to these pests? The main reason is that bed bugs are known as “hitchhiking” pests that can hide out in mattresses, bed frames, and other parts of a room just waiting for new hosts to arrive. In a hotel, bed bugs are rarely lacking a meal source. Because these pests have seen such a resurgence in hotels, it’s crucial to always be on the lookout for bed bugs when traveling.

Checklist for Hotel Bed Bug Inspections

No matter whether you work in housekeeping or are going to be a guest at a hotel, the same checklist applies for inspecting your hotel room for bed bugs. Here’s where to check for the bugs:

  • Mattress, box spring & bed frame
  • Sofas, chairs, pillows, & other seating
  • Wardrobes, dressers, & baseboards
  • Nightstands and wall fixtures
  • Closet items

Check out our in-depth guide to hotel bed bug inspections here.

Ready For Professional Bed Bug Treatment?

If you think you’ve spotted bed bugs in your hotel, let the managers know immediately. This helps to limit the spread of pests. By working closely with bed bug control professionals like those of us here at Aberdeen Exterminating, you can trust the best bed bug treatments are used to keep these pests gone for good. Contact us today!