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29Jun

What is rabies and which animals are likely to have it?

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You’ve likely heard of rabies since you were a child and were told to steer clear of any animals that may have it. This, it turns out, is great advice. The disease, if left untreated, is virtually always fatal. It is called a “zoonotic” disease, which just means humans acquire it from contact with animals. […]
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20Jun

What kind of snakes are around Raleigh?

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It’s pretty universal. People don’t like snakes. There are the rare snake lovers among us (like us!), but most others are happy to avoid them. Thankfully, they are not usually anything to be afraid of. North Carolina has 37 varieties of snakes and only six of them are venomous. That means the other 31 are […]
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25May

When Foxes Get Aggressive

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As wild canines, foxes can remind us of wolves or coyotes. This makes people worry that they will be dangerous to have around their homes, pets, and children, especially in the Raleigh area where foxes can be plentiful. For the most part, this is not the case. Human beings, as well as cats and dogs, […]
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18May

Why are bees dying?

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Are Bee Populations Plummeting? Here in North Carolina, most children grow up hearing about the “Lost Colony of Roanoke” at the Outer Banks. It was the first English settlement in North America and one day it just disappeared. Everyone left and nobody could figure out why or where they went. A similar issue has also […]
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01Apr

RALEIGH AREA BEWARE: Masked Night Prowler

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The Raleigh Police Department has put out an all-points bulletin on a prowler in the city. He’s been spotted in multiple neighborhoods sneaking around after dark with a black mask on. If you see anyone meeting the description, you are asked to immediately contact law enforcement. The suspect was recently spotted after a homeowner off […]
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16Mar

Spring time in North Carolina could mean bats in your home

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One good thing about nature is it’s predictable: the seasons change in pretty much the same way every year, night follows day, and animal behavior follows annual patterns. Bats are a perfect example of this. In late fall, bats will fatten-up as much as they can and then find a deep, dark cave somewhere underground. […]
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09Mar

Moisture in Crawl Space in the Raleigh and Triangle areas

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It has been common practice for decades to build homes on top of a crawlspace in more humid and coastal areas. Raleigh, Durham, and most of the rest of North Carolina fall into this category. Many homeowners in our area have crawlspaces under their feet and never give them a thought until there is a […]
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26Feb

Mice, Norway Rats and Roof Rats – Differences

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Identifying Common Rodent Pests Rats and mice are very rarely welcome guests. Some eccentric pet owners will tell you they make great companions and others keep them to feed their snakes, but otherwise, people generally do not want to share a living space with them. Rodents are known to carry many diseases, and were likely […]
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15Feb

Can You Trap Grey Squirrels in North Carolina?

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We see them every day and for the most part, grey squirrels do a pretty good job of staying out of our way. They are not particularly pesky, like their rat and mice cousins, and mostly want to gather nuts and seeds and to jump between trees. That is all fine, but sometimes, a squirrel […]
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26Jan

When Birds Become a Nuisance

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Of all the pests you encounter, birds are often the biggest nuisance and the hardest to rid yourself of. Birds can be noisy, squawking early in the morning until you want to go out and shake the tree they’re in. Other ones are messy, dropping their feces all over your car, the windows of your […]
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