As we head into 2023, many are thinking about fresh starts, new goals, and resolutions for the new year. From fitness plans to financial goals, now is the time to think about what you want this next year to look like. To ensure you don’t have to worry about pests, our team is paying attention to which pests will be the most likely to cause problems.  

This year, be proactive in your pest control. Here are our predictions for the primary problem pests of 2023 in Jacksonville NC and surrounding areas.  


Ants thrive in warmer climates, so Coastal North Carolina is known for having its fair share of anthills. One of the problems with ants is that once you see one anthill, a whole colony is usually right behind it. To prevent ants in your home, it’s important to store food in airtight containers and clean all surfaces after preparing food on them. Residue can attract ants just as much as crumbs. Keep your kitchen tidy, and periodically check possible ant hotspots like the pantry to stop an infestation in its tracks.  


One of the most difficult pests to get rid of is the cockroach. They are known to be active in moist environments, and because it’s close to the coast in a humid climate, Jacksonville is a regular location for cockroach problems. This will be true of 2023, too. Keep an eye out for roaches in dark, damp spaces like bathrooms, attics, and garages. Cockroaches multiply quickly, and any sighting of these creepy critters usually means more are hiding in your home, so act quickly if you may have a cockroach problem.  

Bedbugs and Fleas Jacksonville’s mild, humid weather allows fleas to survive and become a problem year-round. Fleas can become a problem in any yard, home, or outdoor space. They arrive on wild animals like squirrels, rabbits, foxes, and deer. When you or your pets are near them, they hitch a ride into your home. Once inside, they hide in pet fur, carpets, behind baseboards, and in upholstered furniture or bedding.  


Every year Jacksonville sees a lot of mosquitos when the weather warms up. Coastal waters, swamps, and abundant rains give mosquitos plenty of places to breed. Their itchy bites make them one of the biggest nuisances when spending time outside in Eastern North Carolina. They also carry diseases and can quickly become a problem if not exterminated. To prevent mosquitoes, don’t leave any standing water around your property — this means no bird baths and empty and turnover kiddie pools when not in use. Wear insect repellent when spending time outside  

As always, if you think you have a pest problem, May Exterminating can help! We can quickly and effectively get rid of pests, whether they are on this list or not. Our team is trained to inspect and exterminate pests all across the Coastal Carolina region.