Members’ Value Programs

PCOC’s Members’ Value Program provides members with access to high-quality products and services we use in the Pest Control industry… read more

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What You Should Know About Raccoons

3When you notice a raccoon in your neighborhood, it can be easy to assume they are the cute, furry creatures you see in cartoons. However, raccoons in real life are anything but friendly. They can often be found nosing around backyards and garbage cans in any urban neighborhood at night. In fact, you may have several raccoon families living in your neighborhood, but you never even realized it.

If you do find yourself facing a striped furry bandit in an unexpected encounter, what should you do? Do you take matters into your own hands or call a professional? Here are some things you should know about raccoons before you decide to chase Bandit away on your own:

• Raccoons can be mean. They are used to defending their territory and the food they find. They will most likely view you and your pets as trespassers.
• They can carry serious diseases such as rabies and parasites like ticks and fleas. You don’t want to get close.
• Raccoons can and will destroy your property to get at what they want. This includes knocking over garbage cans, pulling shingles off the roof and chewing on your siding.
• These guys are nocturnal, which may explain why you don’t often see them. In fact, the middle-of-the-night crashing that you blame on the neighbor’s cat might just be your neighborhood raccoon foraging for food.
• They are also brave; some have been known to enter homes through pet doors and steal cat or dog food right out from under pets’ noses.

You don’t have to put up with raccoon invaders on your street, but you should call a pest control service for the safety of you, your family, your pets and the raccoons themselves. For more information on raccoon trapping in Raleigh, visit this website.

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What PCOC does for the industry

Pest Control Operators of California is a non-profit trade association that has served the business and educational needs of pest control operators for over 60 years… read more

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Pest Control – A Valid Necessity

7You may not have had to ever call a pest control service before, so now you’re wondering if the problem you’ve noticed warrants a phone call. Can’t you just take care of the problem on your own? Will the pests just go away if you ignore them? What is the best way to deal with this?

In some cases, a single mousetrap or some poison will take care of a mild infestation. You might get unwanted critters to stop frequenting your home if you remove the things that attract them, such as leftovers on the counters or an easily-accessible garbage can. However, in most cases you won’t notice an infestation until it’s become severe. By then, they will rarely leave on their own even if you remove their temptations. Here are some of the pest problems many homeowners need help dealing with:

Spiders, Wasps and Harmful Insects

Most spiders are beneficial, but some, like the black widow or the brown recluse spider, are highly venomous and are dangerous to human beings. Wasps can be aggressive, while other insects like termites cause extensive damage.


Mice, rats, moles and other rodents can cause damage in your home and garden and may be a source of disease or parasites.

Larger Animals

Some creatures like raccoons can pose a health hazard around your family and pets, and can try to nest in your basement or attic. Snakes can be beneficial, but some are deadly. People typically don’t like to see large snakes in their yards anyway.

These are just a few of the many different types of critters people rely on exterminators to safely and permanently remove from their homes. Visit this website for more information on wildlife removal in Durham.

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Pets or Pests?

2Some mice you invite into your home as pets. Others invite themselves into your home as pests. Get rid of unwelcome house crashers by calling pest control.

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Container Disposal for Developing Countries

Risks associated with exposure to pesticides from un-rinsed or poorly rinsed containers are very real in many parts of the world… read more

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Different Species of Bats and Removing Them From Your Property

Despite efforts to educate the public, many people are still deathly afraid of bats. Bats are highly beneficial flying mammals that are nature’s own pest removal service. Each night, the average bat consumes several pounds of harmful insects. Contrary to popular belief, bats are not very likely to carry rabies.

Common Bat Species

The most common bat species in this area are big brown bats, little brown bats and Brazilian free-tailed bats. If these little guys are so good, why do pest removal services remove them from properties? Ideally, they roost in trees, in homemade bat houses, under bridges, in caves and any other place that is sheltered and quiet. However, sometimes a colony of bats will try to roost in a home’s attic or crawl space, which is when they become a problem. As helpful as they are, no homeowner wants to deal with messy piles of bat droppings.

Can You Relocate Bats on Your Own?

Bats are federally protected, so it is illegal to kill them. There are certain times of the year during which nobody is allowed to disturb them due to their mating seasons. If you are dealing with an unwanted bat infestation, you will need to call an experienced pest removal company to safely and effectively deal with them.

You may wish to install bat houses on the trees surrounding your property to encourage them to roost in a proper place and rid your yard of mosquitoes and other pests. For more information on bat removal in Raleigh, visit this site.

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