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Old 05-22-2015, 07:21 AM
 
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I've noticed WAY TOO MANY BUGS!! Any good pest control recommendations that are pet friendly, i.e. less harsh chemicals? At our last house many birds died from what they sprayed on the golf course.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Where?
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:59 AM
 
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Sorry - bugs make me crazy - forgot location. Oak Island.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Southport
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I have used, and highly recommend, Manning's Pest Control. I do not know anything about how pet friendly their treatments are, however.
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Old 05-22-2015, 04:04 PM
 
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What kinds of bugs are you seeing? Indoors or outdoors?
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:00 PM
 
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Ants and long thin black things :-( Saw my first Palmetto at someone's house the other night. Yuk
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC.
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Palmetto Aka cockroach.. Gross. I've seen them on the piers late night fishing, but never in someone's house.
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:43 AM
 
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Old beach house after the storm - hope they never come near mine! That's why I want it sprayed!!
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:02 AM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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When we lived on Oak Island, on pilings, we had them in the house before we even moved in. They are gross and pretty hard to kill. We did find that roach baits in our of way places did a pretty good job, but we freaked when we saw them first day!
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Old 05-23-2015, 03:01 PM
 
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The problem with spraying roaches (fleas, as well) is, if the same poison is used multiple times, they quickly build up an immunity to the active ingredient in it. After the first couple of treatments, you may as well be paying the exterminator to spray your house with water.

The best long term treatments are baits with boric acid as the active ingredient, and powder/dust containing either boric acid or diatomaceous earth (commonly just called "DE"). The physical properties of both boric acid and DE act to dry up the insects, rather than poisoning them, and the bugs don't build up a tolerance for them. Both products are pet- and child-friendly and are effective on several different types of insects, including roaches, ants, and fleas. The only downside is, they do take a little while to work, the bugs don't just instantly drop dead on contact.

If you see ants and/or "Palmetto Bugs" inside your house, they're coming in from outside and you need to seal up every tiny crack and crevice around your house to keep them out.

Here's a nice little How-to guide on making your own roach bait No More Roaches
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