Bug Spray Basics

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!

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

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 Out of date grain and flour products can often be the...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

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

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

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

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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