Nestled in the lush foliage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a charming city in North Carolina. Although most of North Carolina has a climate formed by the ocean, Asheville stays notably cooler due to its altitude. Many people prefer this inland climate because the summers do not tend to get as hot, making outdoor recreation very popular in the area.

Insects, rodents and other pests find the moderate summers quite enjoyable as well, and with the mountains nearby, there is plenty of forested land to support these bugs and critters. There is a problem, of course, when these pests turn from the mountains to make themselves at home on your property. In order to combat the problem, you should educate yourself about common North Carolina pests.


Spiders roam freely in the woods, but some find their way into your home. This usually happens when the weather starts to get cooler, and spiders seek out the warmth of your home to avoid the deadly freeze. The most common spider to see in your home is known colloquially as an American house spider. These spiders can be black or brown, and they are harmless. However, brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders live in some parts of North Carolina. Although they are not likely to end up in your home, these spiders should never be dealt with on your own. They are both poisonous, and they do bite humans.


With so much wooded land in North Carolina, termites have plenty of places to flourish. While termites can cause problems at any time of the year, they are most likely to seek out new shelter after a period of rain. This is when the wood is moist, which is exactly the way most termites like it. Unfortunately, termite infestations are not uncommon in Asheville, which is why most homeowners take preventative measures and actively check their home for evidence of termites. To minimize your risk of an infestation, keep chopped wood away from your home’s foundation. You should also avoid using wood mulch in flower beds near your home.


Like termites, cockroaches like warm, moist areas. Given Asheville’s climate, it is no surprise that roaches are a persistent pest for local residents. Because cockroaches are most active at night, you may not see any signs of a problem until the infestation is quite advanced. They are most likely to take up residence in your kitchen or bathroom, which is where water is used most often. Cockroaches may live behind your appliances or even behind the walls, which can make them difficult to catch. Occasionally, you may be able to tell you have a problem by the feces. Cockroaches leave small feces, which look somewhat like black coffee grounds.

These pests belong in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but they should never be inside your home. Because pests are so common in Asheville, it is important to be aware of your risk. If you are concerned about your home, Gibson Pest Control can help. As a family business, Gibson has been helping Asheville residents with their pest problems since 1979. Every technician is registered or certified for service you can trust. Contact Gibson Pest Control today for a free quote on any of our pest control services.