Insect Communication Patterns

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Like humans and animals, bugs communicate with one another and the environment around them. While they may communicate, their reasons and methods for communicating vary greatly from humans. Why Do Insects Communicate? There are many different types of insect communication styles and purposes, but these can all be broken down into three main categories. Mating One of the main reasons bugs communicate is to locate and identify members of the opposite species and to facilitate a courtship or mating ritual. Predatory Often, bugs communicate to deceive or mimic predators and to express threat or submission.  Similarly, they also communicate to...
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Man's Worst Enemy


Western North Carolina is home to many species of bugs and assorted vermin that range in nature from being annoyances to posing risks to humans as well as their four legged family members. One of the more troublesome species of insects in the Ashevilla during the summer months are ticks. Ticks are related to mites and spiders. Cause for Alarm Ticks normally have several stages of development. The main stages are— the egg, larval, nymph, and adult stages. So what makes ticks a particularly creepy breed? While most people realize that ticks feed on humans and animals, did you know...
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Choose Gibson Pest Control for Commercial Pest Control Management

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Love Asheville, Go Local When it comes to pests in your business - you know that you cannot afford the reputation or the damage that they could bring. Removing unwanted pests quickly is what you need - and expect when you call a commercial pest management service, and we are ready to help you. Gibson Pest Control has been serving Western Carolina as a leader in pest control management since we first opened our doors in 1979. Our offices are located in Asheville, NC and we pride ourselves on being a locally owned and operated family business. We know that...
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Keep Bugs Out of Your Home

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Bug proofing your home can seem like a losing battle. Especially when you consider that there are more than 10 quintillion bugs in the world. How many zeros is that exactly? 10,000,000,000,000,000,0000. In Western North Carolina, we have our fair share, especially in the warm summer months when ants, fleas, flys, mosquitoes, and bees and wasps seem to be everywhere. So how do we safeguard our homes against bugs before a serious infestation occurs? First we have to consider that while it might sound a little creepy, bugs are a lot like us! They need food, water, and shelter to...
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A Guide to Recognizing Poisonous Spiders

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Worldwide, there are estimated to be over 170,000 species of spiders. North America is home to 3,000 spider species. If this gives you a case of the creepy crawlers, don’t sweat it. You aren’t alone! In fact, you’re in good company.  Arachnophobia, that’s the fear of spiders, affects 3.5 to 6.1 percent of the population. While so many species of spiders is overwhelming, take a deep breath and relax, because only 27 of those are known to have caused any sort of human fatality across the globe. In the United States, there are really only a few species that have...
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July Pest of the Month


Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls and exciting outdoor adventures including hiking, white water rafting, rock climbing, and swimming. One thing can get in the way of a great day of outdoor adventures, and that is being attacked by the elements including pesky and problematic bugs. While most bugs are more of an annoyance than an actual health hazard, some bugs can cause pain, including some flies! While it may be hard to tell some species of flies apart from one of the other 16,000 species that inhabit North America, one species is easily...
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Safely Rid Your Home of Pests


Wh at Is EcoSmart Technology As we reach the hottest months of the year in Western North Carolina, are you noticing an uptick of pests in and around your home? If so, you aren’t alone! As bugs become a problem, your first instinct is to protect your home and call a pest control specialist, but you worry about the chemicals being used around your children and pets. Is it safe? Will one visit from a pest control expert leave your home full of harmful chemicals that could make your loved ones sick? Gibson Pest Control is pleased to be one...
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5 Signs of Termite Infestation

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Termites have been known to do serious damage to homes, both aesthetically, and structurally. As a homeowner, you worry about what could be happening beneath the surface that you can’t see and aren’t aware of. Termites cause more damage to wood structures than fire, flood, and wind. How can you tell if your home is being infested with termites before serious damage is done? First, you have to know a bit about each of the two main species of termites that populate homes in the United States. The first species are subterranean termites. These termites build colonies in the soil...
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Bug Spray Basics

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Even if your home is well guarded against bugs and other pesky pests, during the Summer months, it can be nearly impossible to avoid bug bites and attacks. This is especially true if you enjoy taking in all that Summer has to offer in Western North Carolina, including hiking, camping, and other adventures. Many bugs are attracted to moist areas where water runs, so visiting waterfalls, lakes and rivers can make you especially vulnerable to being attacked. Here are some tips for finding the right bug spray and for properly applying it to keep yourself safe this summer! The best...
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Wasps, Bees, and Hornets...Oh My!

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As you can see from the chart above, it can be difficult to distinguish bees apart from wasps and hornets if you aren’t paying close attention.  However, it’s important to be able to distinguish each bug from the other because some can cause painful stings and allergic reactions while others are mostly harmless. Below, we’ve gathered information about the hornets and wasps on this chart to help you discern what you’re dealing with. Remember to proceed with caution if inspecting a nest in or near your home and call Gibson for help removing any nests or bugs from your home....
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3 Tips to Avoid Pest Infestation

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The bugs are now officially out in full force in Western North Carolina! For many of us, the first sighting of a bug in our home can cause a feeling of uneasiness and sinking dread. Where one bug is found, more are sure to follow! Luckily, there are a few things we can do to curb an infestation before it becomes a major nuisance! Below are three tips for keeping your home secure during the worst months of the year for bug infestation. Check your cupboards for old packages. Out of date grain and flour products can often be the...
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Gibson Pest Uses Botanical Pesticides

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In Southern Appalachia, we have a long history, steeped with home spun yarns of self sufficiency and remedies for many ailments and matters of the home. This includes the creations of home made bug repellents for long nights spent on back porches, taking in the beautiful weather and Blue Ridge Mountains while trying to avoid being attacked by mosquitoes and similar pests who take away from the leisure and evening activities. With the modern age has come an all new platform for these types of projects. Doing a quick Pinterest search returns hundreds of results for things that you can...
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Refer And Save on Your Next Pest Control Treatment

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Since 1979, Gibson Pest Control, a family owned and operated business, has been serving Buncome, Henderson and Madison Counties. Our integrated pest management approach to pest control includes a free evaluation of your home and property. This allows us to get to the bottom of what's causing your pest problems so that we not only remove the problem for you, but we prevent future infestations as well! This process also allows you to build a relationship with the professionals who will regularly visit your home. Our professional staff has answers to all your pest questions and will work with you...
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Pest of the Month: Ants

As the weather has started to warm up Western North Carolina, the ants have come out of the woodwork, literally. Like termites, often ants make their nests within the walls of your home and once the temperatures rise, they hatch and suddenly your house is full of ants in just a few days. Infestations take almost no time! Ants are definitely an unseemly annoyance, but importantly, they can have serious negative effects on your home. The damage done depends on the type of ant, so it's important to get educated. Here is information on four of the most common ant...
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Why Bees Are Instrumental to Our Ecosystem



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As the weather gets warmer, critters and creatures of all stripes have started to emerge as they ever year during the spring and summer months. This includes an abundance of bees in the Western North Carolina region. Our first instinct as humans when we see or feel a bug buzzing in our general direction is to panic. We’ve all been stung at one point or another in our life times and it hurt! We start swatting and don’t stop until our new nemesis has been defeated! But before you take a swing at a bee or call a pest control...
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Gibson Pest Specializes in Integrated Pest Management

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What is Integrated Pest Management? The EPA defines Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM...
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The Disadvantages of DIY Pest Control

Clean homes, small homes, large homes – they all encounter pest infestations at some point. Whether it's ants or roaches, pests eventually find their way into homes and cause problems for families. Some pests cause visual damage to properties while others spread diseases to people. If you're thinking about tackling a pest infestation, you should reconsider do-it-yourself methods since they're not as effective as you might think. 4 Reasons to Avoid DIY Pest Control You're risking your safety. Most over-the-counter pest control products contain toxic chemicals and other harmful ingredients when they're breathed or applied to skin. If you incorrectly...
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