clintMiller_blog.juneBugs
  • Jun 1, 2017

June bugs might seem useless to you – and they are definitely a hazard to your lawn, trees, vegetable garden and ornamental landscaping. However, they do have their place in the food chain: Birds like the larvae and the grubs make great fishing bait. If you love to fish, you might want to grab some larvae before you call Clint Miller Exterminating to get them out of your yard.

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clintMiller_blog.goodvsBad
  • May 10, 2017

While your first thought is to squish or otherwise kill any bugs you see around the house, in the house or in your flower beds, you should hold that thought for a minute. Or three. Most bugs are not dangerous to humans, and many are beneficial to plants. According to Colleen Golden, a senior horticulturist at Atlanta Botanical Gardens, up to 90 percent of the bugs you find around your home are beneficial.

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clintMiller_blog.backyardTips
  • May 3, 2017

While many insects are beneficial to the environment, some are just complete pests, especially if you are trying to enjoy some outdoor time with family and friends. A backyard pest could ruin an otherwise perfect outdoor gathering.

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DIY
  • Mar 29, 2017

Pest problems? Doing it yourself?

 

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Pest_Control
  • Apr 8, 2016

Did you know that April is Pest Management Month in North Carolina?

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Mosquito
  • Mar 5, 2016

It was once believed that mosquitos were attracted to human sweat, but scientists have disproven that actual sweat attracts them. Rather, they are lured by chemical changes produced by microorganisms in sweat. On its own, sweat is odorless until the microorganisms act on it. While mosquitos aren’t attracted to fresh sweat, they’ll be all over you if you offer them some fermented sweat.

A study done in the late 1990s found that, after 1 to 2 days of incubation, malarial mosquitos find human sweat attractive. During this time, microorganisms in the sweat have multiplied, which alter the pH from acidic to alkaline, when some of the sweat components decay into ammonia. They also discovered that malarial mosquitos are attracted to foot odor; in fact, they’ll even bite stinky socks if you hang them up after wearing them for a couple of days.

Not only are some odors irresistible to mosquitos, but others have been found to impede their ability to find hosts, some of which are secreted by human bodies. One such compound is 1-methylpiperzine, which impairs mosquitos’ sense of smell, rendering them oblivious to the presence of an appetizing human hand in the vicinity. Some humans appear to secrete more of this natural substance than others, so they are essentially invisible to mosquitos, which helps explain why some people are bitten more than others.

Since 1978, our team at Clint Miller Exterminating

has been providing pest control services in Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly and Cabarrus Counties, utilizing the most advanced equipment and materials. “Your Calls Don’t Bug Us!”

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  • May 4, 2015

If you are considering a rodent control service, you may be wondering if there is anything you as a homeowner can do to make the process go smoothly and prevent rodents in the future.

Here’s a list of tips to get you started.

  1. Following your rodent control service, you should store any food item that is not in a can or jar in the refrigerator or a heavy plastic container.  This means cereal, grains, and other items usually stored in upper and lower cupboards should be moved for at least two weeks following your service.
  2. It is important to repair any holes in the walls or baseboards to prevent future rodent problems. This also includes doors that don’t seal properly.  Rodents can enter gaps as small as ¼ inch.
  3. To help your rodent control servicemen, remove items from above the refrigerator and below the sink before your service to allow ease of access to these areas.
  4. When the service provider arrives, discuss with them places that you have observed the rodent problem and how you suspect they may be getting in.
  5. Never touch, move, or handle the various rodent control materials.  They may be dangerous, and you could cause them to be ineffective.
  6. Clean, vacuum, and sweep your home regularly to avoid recurring rodent problems.  Take out the trash and keep your food items stored properly.
  7. Eliminate unnecessarily stored items, including boxes, paper, and clothing. Rodents can make homes with these items if left undisturbed for long periods of time.
  8. Follow up with long-term prevention techniques to avoid needing a repeat service.

For more information on rodent control services and what you can do to help prevent rodent problems, give us a call today.  We service Mt. Pleasant, Concord, Albemarle, Salisbury, Charlotte and surrounding areas.

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Crawl_Space
  • Nov 4, 2014

Many homeowners have never considered the benefits of sealed crawlspaces.  It is something we hardly ever think about, but the effects of choosing to seal your crawlspace can be lasting.  Here at Clint Miller Exterminating, we are happy to help you weigh all of the considerations for a sealed crawlspace.  

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Ant_Damage
  • Sep 22, 2014

So you’ve got a bug problem. Or at least you think you have a bug problem. Any time you see a little creepy crawly critter, though, it ‘bugs’you, so it is hard to tell the extent of your infestation.

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  • Aug 26, 2014

Having a pest problem is not fun.

It’s not just that having creepy crawlies in your house is uncomfortable, but the process of getting rid of them can be expensive and time consuming. Not to mention the embarrassment you may feel when your neighbors see a very conspicuous truck with a giant bug painted on it parked in front of your house. Avoid the hassle altogether and be proactive in your home’s pest control.

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