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At the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will find the lakeside community of Lake James. Lake James provides its residents with a laid-back lifestyle, beautiful homes, gorgeous scenery, lake activities, and plenty of other amenities to enjoy with their family and friends. To protect your Lake James home or business from the many insects and other pests that also call this lovely area of North Carolina home, the local pest control experts at A-1 Pest Control offer effective and affordable solutions to area pest problems. A-1 Pest Control has been protecting Western North Carolina properties for over 50 years! Find out why so many of your friends and neighbors trust us with all of their pest control needs today!

Residential Pest Control In Lake James, NC

At A-1 Pest Control, our professionals want to work with you to help stop the local pests from overtaking your home. Insects, rodents, and other pests found in our area belong outside in nature, not inside your home living with you and your family! To protect your Lake James home from pests, we offer a variety of effective and affordable year-round home pest control plans for homeowners to choose from — Home Shield, Home Shield Plus, and Home Shield Complete. Our Home Shield Complete plan is our most comprehensive and provides homeowners with everything they need to maintain a home that is free of invasive, damaging, and potentially disease-spreading pests. This plan provides the following services:

  • 8 scheduled treatments

  • Coverage against more than 15 pests

  • Free re-treatment

  • Fire ant control

  • Seasonal mosquito treatment

  • Outdoor tick and flea control

  • Stinging insect control

  • Indoor flea treatment

  • Sentricon® System with Always Active™ termite protection

To learn more about protecting your home and family from North Carolina pest from the North Carolina pest control experts, give us a call at A-1 Pest Control today!

Guide To Mosquito Control In Lake James, NC

mousquito biting lake james resident

Let us help you and your family enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest during the warmer months by partnering with A-1 Pest Control and implementing a mosquito control treatment service. Professional mosquito control means that you will be able to say goodbye to mosquitoes and hello to a summer where you can fully enjoy your backyard without having to worry about annoying mosquitoes and harmful mosquito-borne diseases! Depending on your exact location and the weather, our seasonal mosquito treatments will begin in April or May and run through September or October. Our treatments include:

  • A free quote either over the phone or in person.

  • Eco-friendly treatment for up to two acres of land. This includes treatment for pools, ponds, sheds, grass, gardens, and more that are located on your property.

  • The peace of mind knowing that because treatments are completed entirely outside, there is no need for you to be home while the treatment is being completed.

  • Recommendations for changes to make around your property to help deter mosquitoes and reduce their populations.

In addition to our seasonal control option, we also provide one-time mosquito treatments. Our one-time treatment will work to effectively reduce mosquito populations on your property before hosting an outdoor event. To learn more about our quality mosquito control treatment options, get in touch with us today!

Commercial Pest Control In Lake James, NC

technician servicing lake james business

At A-1 Pest Control, we understand that each industry and individual business within that industry is different and requires its own unique treatment plan. That is why at A-1, we create customized pest control solutions for each of our customers located in and around the Lake James area! A-1’s commercial pest control experts successfully eliminate pests and prevent their return through our multi-step, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions. Our commercial pest management plans include an initial consultation, a pest inspection, the development of a treatment program, the completion of treatment services, and services that provide continuous monitoring against pest for your commercial facility. In addition to our customized general commercial pest control services, we also offer a variety of targeted pest control services to protect your North Carolina business from specific pests. These services include:

  • Wood-destroying insect inspections & reporting

  • Commercial termite pretreatments

  • Radon detection & mitigation services

Give us a call to learn more about protecting your Lake James, NC commercial property from pests by partnering with the commercial pest control experts at A-1 Pest Control.

Protect Your Lake James, NC Property From Termite Damage

At A-1, we can successfully protect Lake James properties from wood-eating termites through the use of our highly-effective termite elimination options. One of our most trusted and recommended treatment options is the installation of the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ which is a highly effective and eco-friendly treatment option. This method of termite elimination and prevention includes:

  • Our professionals placing bait stations in the ground around the perimeter of your home. The bait found in the stations is highly attractive to termites and they actually prefer it over wood.

  • Immediate control — This system begins working as soon as it is installed, killing off all members of the invading termite colony including their queen, ridding your property of destructive termites once and for all.

  • The bait stations then remain in place on your property and are inspected yearly by our professionals to ensure that a re-infestation does not occur.

Our other termite control options include: Liquid Termite Control with Termidor®, Termite Pre-Treatment Services, and you can protect your home from termites and other common pests with our Home Shield Complete pest control plan. To learn more about our quality termites control options and how they can protect your home from wood-eating, highly-destructive termites all year round, contact us today!

 

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    [content] => <p>In 2021, A-1 Pest Control has once again decided to take a look at what this year looked like in pest control, from our own observations to local and national pest trends to some sensational stories that went viral in a big way. Without further ado, here is our 2021 in review: A-1 Pest Control edition.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>Most Popular Blog&nbsp;</h3>

<p><br>To start things off, we thought it was only fair to see which of our blogs was the most popular this year, considering you&rsquo;re reading this blog right now. So which of our esteemed blogs had the most readers this year? The winner is&hellip;.</p>

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<p><br><strong><a href="/blog/post/the-5-deadliest-pests-in-north-carolina">The 5 Deadliest Pests in North Carolina</a></strong></p>

<p><br>It seems like people were on the lookout for deadly pests, and we had some answers! In fact, some of other popular blogs were pretty focused on the deadly and destructive. Yikes!</p>

<p><br>Runners up:<em> <a href="/blog/post/how-even-common-house-spiders-can-cause-big-problems">How Even Common House Spiders Can Cause Big Problems For North Carolina Homes</a>, <a href="/blog/post/it-s-termite-swarming-season-here-s-what-you-need-to-know">It&rsquo;s Termite Swarming Season! Here&rsquo;s What You Need to Know</a>, <a href="/blog/post/types-of-termites-that-infest-north-carolina-homes">The Stinging Insects of North Carolina&nbsp;</a></em></p>

<h3><br>Most &ldquo;Popular&rdquo; Pest - North Carolina</h3>

<p><br>We took a look at Google Trends to get a sense of what sort of pests were popular this year in the Tar Heel State, and we found some interesting data.&nbsp;</p>

<ol>

<li>The &ldquo;Top&rdquo; searched pest this year was termites &ndash; and considering how freaky a termite infestation can get, that&rsquo;s no big surprise.</li>

<li>Bed bugs, another absolutely dreadful pest, came in third among the top-searched pests in the state.</li>

<li>Last year&rsquo;s most searched pest, ants, dropped down to second place.</li>

<li>Aphids and wildlife were the two breakout stars as far as Google search went, with big increases in search interest.</li>

</ol>

<h3>Most &ldquo;Popular&rdquo; Pest - Nationwide&nbsp;</h3>

<p><br><a href="https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/press-releases/what-s-the-buzz-the-top-five-pests-of-2021-are-in/">Our friends from the NPMA</a> helped out with this one. According to data that they analyzed from the entire year of 2021, 5 pests, in particular, were the most &ldquo;popular&rdquo;, at least as far as online search went:&nbsp;</p>

<ul>

<li>Flies</li>

<li>Rodents</li>

<li>Regional pests (cicadas, lantern flies, stinkbugs)</li>

<li>Stinging insects</li>

<li>Mosquitoes&nbsp;</li>

</ul>

<p>No big surprises here &ndash; these are some of the most annoying pests around.</p>

<h3><br>The Biggest Pest Story of the Year&nbsp;</h3>

<p><br>One pest story made a lot of noise in the news this year, and that was&hellip;</p>

<p><br><strong><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/23/world/cicadas-2021-emergence-scn/index.html">Billions of Brood X cicadas emerge in the eastern US</a></strong></p>

<p><br>Billions of cicadas emerged from a 17 year period underground searching for a mate &ndash; and that meant a lot of cicadas making a whole lot of noise. It was the topic of countless news stories, podcasts, and TV broadcasts. While cicadas are essentially harmless, in such large numbers they create a symphony of constant background noise. This video demonstrates the sound that became commonplace for many Americans on the East Coast last spring:&nbsp;</p>

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<p><br>While eastern North Carolina was largely immune from this Brood X cicada presence, areas west of Raleigh no doubt became familiar with their mating calls. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your preference), we won&rsquo;t be seeing and hearing these billions of cicadas again until 2038.</p>

<p><br>So that&rsquo;s our 2021 pest control in review! If you&rsquo;re ever in need of any pest control in 2022, just <a href="/">get in touch with us</a> and we&rsquo;ll be more than happy to help you with any pest issue that you might be having!</p>
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    [content] => <p>More things raid your pantry than just hungry teenagers. Bugs and critters basically spend their lives doing everything they can to get into your dried food and starting their own kingdoms. Because nothing is worse than opening a sleeve of cookies on a Friday night only to discover that something&rsquo;s feasted on it before you&rsquo;ve had the chance. Here is a list of the most common bugs and critters that like to frequent your pantry, whether they pose a risk to your health or not, and what you might be able to do about them.</p>

<h3>Ants</h3>

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<p>Part soldiers, part bank thieves, <a href="/pest-library/profile/ants">ants</a> seem to devote their lives to establishing complex supply chains, with your food as their raw material. <a href="https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/ants/pharaoh-ants/">Pharaoh ants</a> (also called &ldquo;<a href="https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/ants/longhorn-crazy-ants/">crazy</a>&rdquo; ants) are drawn to sugar and sweets, while <a href="https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/ants/little-black-ants/">little black ants</a> (sometimes called &ldquo;rovers&rdquo;) prefer proteins. The best way to avoid ants is to sweep up crumbs, but some home remedies include sprinkling bay leaf or salt and pepper near an infestation, and store-bought traps are also an option if it seems like the situation is still manageable. While ants don&rsquo;t pose a serious health threat, their infestations can grow to become overwhelming, especially in the summer months.&nbsp;</p>

<h3>Mealworms</h3>

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<p><a href="https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/mealworm">Mealworms</a> like to eat moist foods ranging from meat or fish to flour or birdseed that has been improperly sealed. They are larvae of the mealworm beetle, which enters kitchens through cracks in the wall. At first glance, mealworms can look like maggots, but move like caterpillars. Ironically, they may actually be good for you to eat, <a href="https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2021/01/14/EFSA-says-mealworms-safe-for-human-consumption-An-important-milestone-towards-commercialisation">according to the European Food Safety Authority</a>. But we wouldn&rsquo;t blame you for passing.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>Indian meal moth</h3>

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<p>The <a href="/pest-library/profile/indian-meal-moths">Indian meal moth</a> differs from the typical moth because of its taste for pantry foods, including grains, dried fruits, nuts, and cereals. Identifiable by its <a href="https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/stored-product-pests/indian-meal-moths/">coppery wings</a>, adult females lay their eggs on food so their larvae can consume it. While Indian meal moths don&rsquo;t rank high on the <a href="/blog/post/the-insect-danger-index">danger index</a>, food they infest will have clusters of webbing on it, which is actually byproducts including <a href="https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/stored/indianmeal_moth.HTM">excrement and dead skin</a>&ndash;so be sure to throw any infested food out, and seal all grains and dried foods tightly.&nbsp;</p>

<h3>Cockroaches</h3>

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<p>Even the most spotless home isn&rsquo;t impervious to a <a href="/pest-library/profile/cockroaches">cockroach</a> infestation, which can occur when cockroaches infiltrate your home via grocery bag, suitcase, or in the lining of your clothes. They love warm, moist areas like your pantry, and are known to feed on pantry foods that have been left open as well as rotting garbage&ndash;and not always in that order. Because common variations like the German cockroach can <a href="/blog/post/tips-to-keep-cockroaches-out-of-your-morganton-home-this-summer">carry disease</a>, and rank higher on the <a href="/blog/post/the-insect-danger-index">danger scale</a>, it&rsquo;s recommended that you seek professional pest control when you spot these bugs in your pantry.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>Saw-toothed grain beetle</h3>

<p>The <a href="https://extensionentomology.tamu.edu/insects/grain-beetle/">saw-toothed grain beetle</a> feeds on pantry staples like flour, cereal, dried fruit, and even dry pet food. Their name comes from the easily identifiable, saw-like teeth on each side of the thorax. Adult beetles are <a href="https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/sawtoothed-grain-beetle">known to wander away from</a> the grain supplies they&rsquo;ve infested, so if you see them in your cupboards or elsewhere, it&rsquo;s a pretty good indication that one of your grain or dry food products has a larvae infestation</p>

<h3>Mice</h3>

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<p>Not all pantry pests are creepy crawlers. Some of them scurry, fast. Infestations of<a href="/blog/post/ask-a-tech-keeping-rodents-out-of-the-home"> mice and small rodents</a> can be distinguished from smaller insects in tactile ways, like examining the size of the holes chewed in the side of grain storage bags. <a href="/pest-library/profile/mice">Mice</a> pose a <a href="https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-health-hub/overview-of-the-real-health-risks-posed-by-mice-and-rat-infestations/">serious risk of carrying disease</a>&ndash;bubonic plague, anyone?--so don&rsquo;t let infestations get too far out of hand before calling in professional help.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>Granary weevils</h3>

<p><img alt="Granary Weevil on its hind legs" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/bug-g0e8c0abb7_640.jpg" width="550"></p>

<p>Granary weevils are a type of beetle with the potential to spoil whole stores of grain. <a href="http://entoweb.okstate.edu/ddd/insects/riceweevil.htm">Rice weevils</a> attack rice, corn, wheat, cereal, nuts, and even fruits, while <a href="https://www2.ipm.ucanr.edu/agriculture/dry-beans/Weevils/">bean weevils</a> target dried beans and peas. In a classic example of &ldquo;you are what you eat,&rdquo; rice weevils can be distinguished from bean weevils by their shape: the bean weevil is rounded, while the rice weevil is slenderer. To repel weevils, <a href="https://nysipm.cornell.edu/whats-bugging-you/pantry-pests/">deploy black pepper in your grains</a>, and wash fruits when you get home. Another possibility: sprinkle a small amount of <a href="https://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/handle/1813/56135/peppermint-oil-MRP-NYSIPM.pdf">peppermint oil</a> on dried grains.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>Cigarette beetle</h3>

<p>Especially here in North Carolina, you should keep on the lookout for <a href="https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/stored/cigarette_beetle.htm">cigarette beetles</a>. While they do eat pantry items like cereals, nuts, spices, and even pet food, cigarette beetles are known for feeding on tobacco products. They&rsquo;re small, with a <a href="https://projects.ncsu.edu/cals/course/ent010/storehouse_pests/cigarette.html">humped appearance</a>, and invade homes through windows, door gaps, or cracks in a foundation, as well as via contaminated grocery store purchases. They can also chew through cardboard to get after their prey. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>In whatever form they take, pantry pests range from the annoying to the downright dangerous. Don&rsquo;t hesitate to call in professional help if you find substantial evidence that your pantry has become a breeding ground for these critters. <a href="/contact-us">Contact us</a> today for a free estimate on the help you need.&nbsp;</p>
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    [content] => <p>Basements are great for storage, but they can also be a great place for bugs and critters to live. Why are basements such great places for pests to live? And which pests most often frequent the dark depths of a home basement? We have some answers.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>Why Insects and Wildlife Love Basements&nbsp;</h3>

<p><br>Basements are an ideal hiding spot for many insects and critters for a few reasons:&nbsp;</p>

<p><br><strong>Moisture.</strong> Many insects specifically need to live in moist environments, and because of the naturally moist environment of many basements, they are appealing places for moisture-deprived insects.&nbsp;</p>

<p><br><strong>Darkness.</strong> Dark and damp is a dream for an insect, and often a basement can provide exactly that type of environment. Unfinished basements often have ample places for insects and small critters to hide, and because they are usually less trafficked than the rest of a home, they are subject to less light interruption. This is a friendly environment for the nocturnal nature of many insects and animals.&nbsp;</p>

<p><br><strong>Temperature.</strong> Basements provide an ideal temperature for pests year-round: in the warmer months, basements are naturally cooler than other parts of a home, and in the cold months, they are warmer than the outdoors.&nbsp;</p>

<h3>Basement Bug &amp; Critter Guide</h3>

<h4><br><a href="/pest-library/profile/cockroaches">Cockroaches&nbsp;</a></h4>

<p><img alt="Cockroach perched on leaf " height="504" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/cockroach-g535e9a010_640.jpg" width="550"><br>These sewer-dwellers thrive in a dark, moist basement environment. Because of their ability to contaminate food with illness-causing bacteria, trigger asthma attacks, and their general unpleasantness, they aren&rsquo;t an insect that you want in your home, basement, or otherwise.&nbsp;</p>

<h4><br><a href="/pest-library/profile/spiders">Spiders&nbsp;</a></h4>

<p><img alt="" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/spiderweb-g091f61be2_640.jpg" title="Spider in its web " width="550"><br>Spiders are perhaps the most notorious of basement lurkers -- it&rsquo;s a space that suits them perfectly. This isn&rsquo;t always bad; for example, cellar spiders don&rsquo;t pose a physical threat to humans and they eat other pest insects like house flies. However, in North Carolina, we aren&rsquo;t just dealing with harmless spiders: truly dangerous spiders like black widows and brown recluses are a real threat, and keeping your basement attractive to them can be dangerous.&nbsp;</p>

<h4><br><a href="/pest-library/profile/termites">Termites&nbsp;</a></h4>

<p><img alt="Termite colony " height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/termites-g03fed742a_640.jpg" width="550"><br>Basements can be the perfect entry-point for subterranean termites; they are prone to have more access points than other parts of the house (with entryways from basement appliances and whatnot), and if it rests on top of moist soil, the basement is all the more likely to be easily accessible for termites. Termites&rsquo; ability to cause severe structural damage to homes over a period of years makes <a href="/termite-control">professional termite control</a> essential to any homeowner concerned about a potential infestation stemming from the basement.&nbsp;</p>

<h4><br>Rodents&nbsp;</h4>

<p><img alt="Mouse standing " height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/mouse-g19b27e245_640.jpg" width="550"><br><a href="/pest-library/profile/mice">Mice</a> and <a href="/pest-library/profile/rats">rats</a> are suckers for basements -- especially in the winter. Their relative quietness, the opportunity for warmth, ample nooks and crannies to hide in, and the ability to scurry upstairs to grab some human food are all huge perks for these sneaky creatures. Mice and rats pose issues other than taking up space in your basement and eating up your food -- they are also spreaders of dangerous diseases, can cause damage to a home with scratching and gnawing, and have even been traced to causing house fires because of their tendency to gnaw on wiring.&nbsp;</p>

<h4><br>Prevention Tips For Basement Pests&nbsp;</h4>

<p><br>So are you doomed to a life of basement pests screwing around in your home? Of course not! There are a few things that you can do to make your basement less appealing to these insects and wildlife critters, <a href="https://www.pestworld.org/pest-in-the-house/basement/">brought to us by our friends at PestWorld</a>:</p>

<ul>

<li>Sweep or vacuum the basement to remove any sources of pest food, which includes small insects, crumbs and decaying organic matter.</li>

<li>When storing any food in your basement, keep all food items in tightly sealed containers.</li>

<li>Prevent moisture build-up by using a dehumidifier and repairing any leaking pipes and ensuring rainwater drains away from your home.</li>

<li>Remove any overgrown vegetation or shrubs surrounding your house, and store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground.</li>

<li>Seal any foundation cracks or crevices with a silicone-based caulk, steel wool, or a combination of both. Also, make sure all windows and doors are secure.</li>

<li>Eliminate any potential basement bug hiding spots by getting rid of clutter and organizing storage units.</li>

<li>Consider opting for plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes to store ornaments, d&eacute;cor, and other items.</li>

</ul>

<p>These tips will all help with keeping pests out of your home, but it is still a good idea to seek out professional pest control experts to help protect and maintain your basement when it comes to pests. A-1 Pest Control provides year-round pest control packages that can help fortify your home from many common basement pests and many others. Get in touch with us to start shielding your home today!</p>

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