The Wasp

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It’s that time of year again. Queen wasps are slowly starting to emerge from their winter hiding places, and they have one goal and one goal only: to reproduce like crazy. If you are like many a human, wasps are all fine and good until they build their nests under your porch, on your awning, or somewhere else just as frustrating. Wasps can affect quality of life, turning your daily walk to the car into a game of “dodge the bee” or by making outdoor gatherings difficult. Don’t even think about serving anything but water, or you’ll be having nightmares...
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Pest Control Tip of the Month - Change Your Lights

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The pest control tip of the month is quite simple: change your lights. Now, change can be scary for some, but it is also admittedly the only constant in life. So, if you’re looking for an easy way to help deter massive moths or menacing mosquitoes, look no further. Gibson Pest Control is here to offer you a solution to your pest problem. It might be time to update those shiny things outside your house. Warmer weather is on the way and now is the time to prepare. What’s wrong with the lights I have now? If you have standard...
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The Gibson Difference

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Gibson Pest Control is dedicated to providing patrons with The Gibson Difference, an exceptionally unique approach to business. GPC maintains a higher brand of quality, offering extensive experience, environmentally-conscious technologies, and genuine customer care. Below are some more ways that Gibson Pest Control distinguishes itself from its counterparts. Over 100 years... ...of combined pest control experience. GPC is family owned and operated, and has been serving the area since 1979. The company’s technicians are registered by the State of North Carolina or certified and extensively trained. The goal of each technician is to eliminate your current infestation and help prevent...
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"Green" vs. Environmentally Friendly

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Because the terms “green” and environmentally friendly have become so popularized (which is not necessarily a bad thing), there is some confusion as to what they actually mean. These days, the terms are nearly indistinguishable. Gibson Pest Control wants everyone to know that “green” and environmentally friendly are not interchangeable and make their actual definitions a little clearer. If a product is green, then it is natural or composed mostly of natural products. If a product is environmentally friendly, then it causes no harm to the environment. Sometimes both of these phrases are substituted for the word, “sustainable”. This is...
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The Carolina Wolf Spider

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With its long legs, big body, and domineering stoicism, the Carolina Wolf Spider can be very intimidating. It is often confused with the Brown Recluse, a much deadlier arachnid. Thankfully, Carolina Wolf Spiders and Brown Recluses are only similar in color and size. The Carolina Wolf Spider does not have the same violin marking as the Brown Recluse and unlike the recluse, the wolf spider can be found roaming out in the open. The most notable difference between these two spiders is their venom. Getting bitten by a recluse can be fatal if left untreated, but a bite from a...
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Pest Control Tip of the Month - Clean, Organize, and Plan

Pest Control Tip of the Month - Clean, Organize, and Plan
While there is no foolproof method for preventing all pests, cleaning, planning, and organizing will help in critter control. This post offers the best steps to take. Cleaning- Keeping things clean is one of the first steps to controlling pests. It is important to wash dishes, put away food, and take out the trash regularly. Make sure your trashcan has a lid that shuts. Wiping down the counters and making sure everything is sealed helps, too. Do not leave bottles open; anything with sugar as a key ingredient will welcome ants into your home. Keeping out your pet’s food and...
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Signs You Have Selected the Wrong Pest Control Professional

Signs You Have Selected the Wrong Pest Control Professional
No one likes to get ripped off, especially when it comes to getting rid of unwanted pests. Critters can certainly mess with your general well-being, but some even pose health risks. While not all bugs are bad, it is important to have the unpleasant ones exterminated in the most efficient way possible. Described below are five signs that you have selected the wrong pest control professional for the job.   1.     They overcharge for the bare minimum. If your exterminator is charging an unseemly amount for rude, inconclusive, and sparse services, then it may be time to reconsider their employment....
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EPA Reports on Rat and Mouse Poison

EPA Reports on Rat and Mouse Poison
When most people think of dealing with pest issues related to rats or mice, the cliché image of a mousetrap mounted with a piece of cheese typically comes to mind. In reality, many pest control companies typically turn toward various poisons and pesticides to deal with this particularly "hairy" pest issue. However, while these chemical solutions are often effective, they also pose a variety of hazards to innocent bystanders such as children, pets, and unrelated wildlife. As of the 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a variety of steps to ensure that these products pose as little risk...
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Why Not All Bugs Are Bad

Why Not All Bugs Are Bad
Do you freak out every time that you find a swarm of unwelcome guests helping themselves to some kind of leftover? If you do, then know that you are not alone. The majority of the world’s population also wrestles with pest issues on a regular basis, and while some have it worse than others, anyone can benefit from the services of a pest control professional. Many look at pests and only consider the possibility of disease, bodily injury, or general nuisance. However, what they do not know is that bugs living throughout their homes are not always as “creepy” as...
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Pest Control Tip of the Month - Preventative Barrier Around Your Home to Keep Pests Away

Pest Control Tip of the Month - Preventative Barrier Around Your Home to Keep Pests Away
It’s well known that homeowners can take a variety of steps to secure their home from pests. However, moisture locked within homes is a particularly important issue to keep in mind, namely because it attracts a variety of pests. During the winter months, it’s imperative to keep your home dry and moisture-free, especially the kitchen and any bathrooms. To achieve this, it would be wise to prepare a seasonal plan for securing your home from winter pests. Note that this is an ongoing process though, as one must remain vigilant in taking preventative action against pests despite the season. Perhaps...
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Pesticide Terminology

Pesticide Terminology
Every industry has a unique lingo, its own language, that seems unintelligible to the layman, and pest control is no exception. This post will attempt to define a number of industry-specific terms and phrases that might be encountered in the texts of product labels, government regulations, and advertisements. residual – Residual insecticides, once applied, continue to work for several hours (or much longer). A general treatment, such as the spraying of baseboards and/or the structure’s foundation, is an example of the application of a residual insecticide, as are spot treatments and crack and crevice treatments. non-residual – Non-residual insecticides, on...
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Pesticides 101: A Brief History

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What is a pesticide? Simply put, a pesticide is any substance used to control pests. It’s a broad term, and includes herbicides, which are used to control unwanted plants. When most people think of pesticides, they probably assume that they’re used to kill pests; however, effective pest control often involves repelling pests. Ancient Pest Management As technology and science improves, pesticides have become more effective and easy to distribute, but the idea of pesticides is not new. In fact, humans have been using pesticides for thousands of years to protect their crops. - Sulfur was used as early as 2,500...
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Make a New Year’s Resolution to Save!

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Save!
As the year closes Gibson Pest would like to thank you for your business in 2014!  We look forward to working with you in the new year and continuing to meet all of your pest control needs.   2015 is a brand new year and Gibson Pest is excited to announce our new 4 Level Protection plan for your home! Below are the four levels of protection that we now offer! Contact us at 888-483-6507 or 828-684-1353 to learn more about our new plans and the great value that they will provide for your home, as well as any special...
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Happy Holidays from Gibson Pest Control!

Christmas is just around the corner, so we wanted to take a moment to send our seasons’s greetings to all of you from our entire team at Gibson Pest Control and to thank you for making 2014 a great year! Gibson Pest Control is "Family Owned" and operated sense 1979 and serves all of Buncombe, Henderson & Madison Counties. With over 100 years combined pest control experience, we are a company you can trust for all your pest control needs. Every GPC technician is North Carolina State registered or certified & extensively trained in the latest technology designed to rid your home...
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Did You Know Insects Create Their Own Antifreeze?

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In last week’s blog we wrote about some of the patterns of behavior that insects use to stay alive during colder winter months. In some instances, the bugs migrate to warmer climate, in other instances they hibernate or more technically, participate in diapause which is a long term state of suspension triggered by a specific set of stimuli to the insect, such as the reduction of daylight hours. Diapause synchronizes the insect’s life cycle with seasonal changes in its environment, including winter conditions.  Prior to diapause, insects begin adding extra layers of fat and reducing the amount of water in...
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What Happens to Insects During the Winter Months

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Each year, as the weather changes and temperatures get colder in Western North Carolina, the bug population seems to dwindle and disappear. So where do they all go? Are they leaving or hibernating? They seem to come right back once the winter thaws, so what’s the deal? Insects have a variety of methods for surviving the coldness of winter. Migration In some instances bugs do migrate to warmer climates. While most people don’t consider this species as a pest, a primary example of this is the Month butterfly. Monarchs in the eastern United States and Canada fly up to 2,000...
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How to Determine Pest Control Treatment Frequency

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When bugs invade your home, you might feel overwhelmed with what the next steps should be to deal with the situation and you may have questions on how this could have happened in your home. An infestation situation can often come with a certain stigma in your own mind, but the reality is, no matter how clean and well kept you keep your home – you may have other structural issues that can be pinpointed as the  cause with the help of a pest control professional with Integrated Pest Control experiences. Pest Control Plan of Action The first step a...
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Prepare Your Home for a Pest Free Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving marks the official start to the holiday season each year, and as families gather around the table together to eat, share stories, and relax – it is a time to celebrate, reflect, and be thankful.  But as a host, it can also be stressful and nothing can ruin a holiday gathering faster than the sight of unwanted pests in your home!  That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful reminders to keep your home pest free this year and tackled some of the most common infestation problems people can run into this time of year. Moths, Beetles, Cockroaches Moths,...
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Which 12 d-Con Products Did the EPA Cancel?

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In February of 2013, a decision was made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cancel 12 d-Con products that they felt did not comply with current safety standards. All 12 of the products are sold without a protective bait station. Bait stations are required for consumer products to protect children and pets from contact with bait pellets. While you may not realize it, ingestion of these products pose serious health risks to your family including death! Also, 8 of the 12 products contain second generation anticoagulants pesticides that pose unacceptable risks to non-target wildlife. Following legal proceedings between the...
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Why Stink Bugs Really Do Stink