VERIFY: Yes, When Flies Bite, Rain Is Coming Soon
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A streak of 90-degree days leaves the Triad thirsty for rain. Could flies carry magic rain-predicting powers we’ve been discarding as annoying?
Carol from Greensboro was volunteering with the Good Morning Show team at a local playground build, when she observed the flies were biting her skin.
“My grandfather always said when flies bite, it’s going to rain somewhere. Will you VERIFY?” she asked VERIFY journalist Meghann Mollerus.
- Frank Fowler – biologist, vice-president, McNeely Pest Control, Inc
Frank Fowler, a biologist with McNeely Pest Control, Inc, said he always heard what Carol heard — biting flies mean pending rain. He had thought it was an old wives tale, until he started studying insects.
He explained many animals can detect changes in weather before they occur and respond by taking shelter. The lower barometric pressure preceding a storm can cause animals to want to feed. Thus, flies sometimes bite humans to get blood.
Older generations tended to spend more time outside than working adults today, so they knew when the flies started biting, rain was probably on the way.
When flies start biting, they’re trying to tell you something. Check your WFMY News 2 weather app — rain is likely on the way.
McNeely Pest Control, Inc has been named as one of the top 100 pest control companies in the United States by Pest Control Technology magazine. This is the third year that McNeely Pest Control, Inc has been listed in the top 100, moving up in placement each year.
McNeely Pest Control, Inc is a locally owned and operated pest and wildlife management firm that strives to provide environmentally responsible pest management. McNeely offers many years of experience of providing superior pest and wildlife remediation services for clients in a wide variety of both commercial and residential settings. McNeely’s highly trained employees are supported daily by a staff entomologist, biologist, and wildlife biologist.
McNeely Pest Control, Inc also specializes in both commercial and residential wildlife remediation with a team of North Carolina and Virginia certified Animal Damage Control agents on staff to solve any nuisance wildlife concerns.
Specialties of McNeely Pest Control, Inc are residential and commercial pest management including ants, carpenter ants and fire ants; crickets, spiders, cockroaches, silverfish, bed bugs, wasp nests and all forms of stinging insects; mice and rats; termites, and wood destroying insect inspections for real estate transactions; wood boring beetles; TAP attic insulation, closed crawl space installation, dehumidifier installation, roof ridge pest guards, mosquito, flea and tick control and wildlife remediation.
McNeely Pest Control, Inc service area includes the customers in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Asheville, Boone, Lexington, Mt. Airy, Charlotte (Lake Norman and High Rock Lake) and throughout the Piedmont, as well as Northwest portions of North Carolina (Burlington to Banner Elk) and Southwest portions of Virginia from Independence and Wytheville to Stewart.
Scott McNeely, president of McNeely Pest Control, Inc stated, “we are very excited to have Iredell Pest Control merging with our firm and look forward to continuing the superior service that Kenny has provided to his customers for many years!”
Tyler Pruitt Western Regional Manager and Zack Benge Statesville Branch Manager of McNeely Pest Control, Inc with Kenny Shoemaker of Iredell Pest Control welcoming Kenny and his customers to the McNeely Pest Control, Inc family!
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High Point police tweeted a photo of a masked intruder inside a home. It’s not a burglar, but a raccoon clinging to the inside of a window. Police say the critter got in the home through the ceiling more than a week ago on Tipton Street.
The president of McNeely Pest Control, Inc, Scott McNeely, says he’s seen things like this happen before.
“We’ve actually in the past had raccoons come in on a couple of occasions, eat the pet food in the kitchen going back up and down through the chimney,” McNeely said.
He also says this time of the year; it is more likely that it could happen to you.
“This time a year we’re running into a lot of young animals or parental animals that are forging for young, that can create human encounters or potential conflict,” McNeely said.
McNeely’s team can trap animals like squirrels and chipmunks and release them back into the wild. Animals like coyotes, foxes and raccoons need to be exterminated if caught. McNeely says that’s the last option.
“We prefer to have folks modify the conditions if at all possible to make them less attractive,” McNeely said.
McNeely recommends you look at your home’s foundation to make sure crawlspaces are closed and cracks are covered. He also says you should make sure there are no tree limbs touching or near your home.
“That can provide an easy pathway for squirrels, raccoons, even opossums to get access onto the house,” McNeely said.
You should also check your attic and have a cap on your chimney.
Outside your home, make sure the garbage and recycling cans are tightly shut, no pet food is left out, bird feeders are brought in overnight and vegetation is kept up.
McNeely says if you follow these simple rules, your home should stay critter free.
“The animal can go on and live happily ever after, we hope not causing a problem,” McNeely said. (If not.) “We can step in and take care of it.”
McNeely Pest Control, Inc just completed their very first food drive for Crisis Control Ministry of Winston-Salem. Paul C. Cribb, Sr., Operations Manager for Crisis Control Ministry congratulated McNeely Pest Control on the collection of 724 pounds of food! The food collected will assist Crisis Control Ministry in providing nutritious food to over 2000 families in 2018.
McNeely Pest awarded the PTAA 2017 Diamond Award for interior contractor of the year. Recipients are nominated and voted for by all member properties that are a part of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association.
Left to right- Jim Derue, Jordan Myers and Tyler Lowe
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