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US News Ranks Charlotte One Of The Best Places To Live In America For 2017

US News Ranks Charlotte One Of The Best Places To Live In America For 2017

Yet another reason to fall in love with Charlotte NC! US News has ranked the Queen City among the top 20 best places to live in America for 2017!

This year, Charlotte achieved an overall score of 7.1/10 – an improvement from last year’s score of 6.9.

You can read the rest of the report here: http://www.charlottestories.com/us-news-ranks-charlotte-one-best-places-live-america-2017/

If you’re thinking of moving to Charlotte NC or know someone selling their property, call Nancy Braun at 704-997-3794 today!

The Top 5 Reasons to Live in North Carolina

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If you are looking at homes for sale in North Carolina, there's no better time to move to the State! It's a must-see place where there's always something going on. Those who are new to the area or planning a trip to find out more about what it has to offer, here are the top 5 reasons why North Carolina makes a fun and interesting place for you to live:

1. Discover the multi-purpose value of mason jars. This quirky preference for using a mason jar in place of a tumbler and mug has found its way into North Carolina home décor, so that it remains one of the most-purchased items in the State. A jar can make a trendy and stylish spoon holder, desk accent, or even a centerpiece for flowers or candles.

2. The food. North Carolina is known for the best fried chicken, especially from Bojangles' Famous Chicken ”˜n Biscuits, headquartered in Charlotte. Another favorite is barbecue, found in every city. Among the top contenders are Stamey's Barbecue in Greensboro, B's Barbecue in Greenville, and Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden as top 10 award winners for 2016.

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If you go to Tupelo Honey Café in Charlotte, you'll find that fried green tomatoes is another staple for the State. Donut-lovers will be thankful for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, founded in 1937 in Winston-Salem, available at their many locations. And, because Cheerwine partnered with Krispy Kreme, you simply must try all their varieties of sodas and floats! Other statewide specialties you don't want to miss out on are Carolina styled foods for their flavors -deviled eggs, seafood, and shrimp and grits.

3. The beach scene along the coast. Nothing beats the warm Carolina sunshine, and all along the North Carolina-Georgia border, you can have your pick of where to go. From Wrightsville Beach, to Nags Head, Carova, or even Corolla, you'll want to keep going back as often as you can.

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4. Artsy communities. The creative and liberal arts lovers of all ages will appreciate the mix of entertainment and shops throughout the neighborhoods of Montford in Asheville and NoDa in Charlotte, and in the cities of Durham, Chapel Hill, and Winston-Salem's selection of theatres and galleries.

5. The music. From folk to blues, and some country tunes, North Carolina's diverse music appreciation has paved the way for many notable performing artists such as James Taylor, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ben Folds Five, to name a few. You can visit the Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis, or attend live shows at any of North Carolina's best venues all year long.

Ready to Make Your Move?

With the lively assortment of places to go and things to do, singles, couples, and families will never get tired of living in North Carolina. If you are looking for homes for sale, let Showcase Realty help you find the house of your dreams today!

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Sell Your North Carolina Home with These 8 Trends Buyers Want

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If you are selling your North or South Carolina home, it helps remembering that homebuyers are able to browse listings online from virtually anywhere. Not only will you attract local residents seeking to buy a home, but also those who are moving to the South for the first time. In either case, your focus must be on making your home for sale one that buyers don't want to live without.

Thanks to television programs and DIY tips for on home decorating, renovation, and trends, potential homebuyers often have several “wish list” items they would like when shopping for a new home. As they look through listings, they will find those that match their “must haves,” and sometimes their “should haves,” while other buyers may be “all-or-nothing” when it comes to finding what is essential to their needs.

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Here are the top 8 features in a home for sale that buyers are looking for right now:

1. Smart home technology. The future is here, and with it comes the desire for homebuyers to want life easier by having technology match their needs. These may include home security systems, to better home lighting with dimmer capabilities, a programmable thermostat, sound systems controls for television and speakers, and the latest appliances. Even better is the ability to control things with a swipe or click of a button on their smart phone, or with voice automation.

2. Front door appeal. In the South, double front doors are popular. They also make a first-impression on potential homebuyers. Repaint or replace your front doors to make them look more welcoming to local buyers and out-of-towners alike.

3. Bedroom locations. Does your North or South Carolina home have a first floor master bedroom? It will make a great choice for multi-generational buyers!

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4. Open floor plans with space for entertaining. Though this trend appeals to all ages of homebuyers, it is most common with millennials and multi-generational homebuyers, who desire ample space to entertain in informal settings, such as with open, multi-purpose kitchens and use of an outdoor living area and other rooms they can customize to their needs.

5. Walk-in showers. Traditional tubs are becoming less popular, replaced by the upgrade of a large, walk-in shower, preferably with a seat. They are easier for older homebuyers but get in and out of safely, with room for adding on handrails, but walk-in showers also appeal to homebuyers of any age who love that they are much easier to keep clean than tubs, and are more conducive to their fast-paced lifestyles.

6. Home organization. Having a place for everything is very important to today's buyers, who want less wasted space, and therefore are looking for smart storage solutions and walk-in closets, especially for the bedrooms, entryway, garage, and kitchen pantry.

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7. Laundry room. More first-time homebuyers and move-up buyers desire more than just a section of a multipurpose room for laundering, and want a separately enclosed room instead.

8. More bathrooms. It makes sense that as buyers are looking for 2-3 or more bedroom homes, that they also want the same number of bathrooms. This includes both full and half baths, on one or more levels of a home.

How does your North or South Carolina home for sale stack up? If you are looking for ways to remodel your home and make it ready for the market, Showcase Realty would like to help you!

With our expertise, we can make your home attractive to buyers so that it sells that much quicker. Give us a call today at 704.997.3794 or you can send us a message here!

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Plans in the Charlotte NC Area

Homes in Charlotte NC

While booking overnight accommodations or a last-minute dinner reservation in Charlotte NC for Valentine's Day might be hard to come by, you can still check on availability from this list of romantic eats and stays as well as these Valentine's Day recommendations from OpenTable.

Otherwise, if you are looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day ideas for tomorrow in and around Charlotte, NC, there are so many other Valentine's Day specials available! From creating unique gifts, to attending events, here are 12 ways to spend your Valentine's Day in Charlotte together for a memorable experience:

1. Watch a movie at Cinemark 10. See what's playing and take advantage of their Tuesday $1.50 ticket deals all day, in between the rest of your Valentine's Day festivities. Cinemark Movies 10 is located at 9508 Northeast Court, Matthews, NC.

2. Take a walking tour of the city or visit a museum together. Depending on what interests you most, there are several walking tours in Charlotte, plus museums have their regularly-scheduled free admission days on Tuesdays, with Valentine's Day being no exception! Here's a list of participating museums.

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3. Tour any of Charlotte's breweries on Valentine's Day. There are so many in the area, but this top 20 list of breweries might help narrow down the possibilities.

4. Buy orchids for your lady love or prince charming at the UNCC Botanical Gardens Valentine's Orchid Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stroll the grounds and learn all about the beauty of orchids together. The McMillan Greenhouse is located at 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC. Admission is free, and parking is available at the Botanical Gardens or at McMillan Greenhouse.

5. Attend a free wine tasting at The Bottle Shop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy Kaiken, Malbec with some meats and cheeses. The Bottle Shop is located at Charlotte Mariott City Center, 100 West Trade Street, Charlotte NC.

6. Have a brew while having some light-hearted fun for comedy night at EagleSpeak Coffee House and Bar at 7:30 p.m. EagleSpeak is located at 3907 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC. There is no cover charge to attend.

7. Take in a free theatrical performance at UNC Charlotte in Rowe Recital Hall. “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” starts at 7:30 p.m. and will feature chamber music and poetry that captures the essence of New York City. To make reservations today, email boxoffice@uncc.edu. UNC Charlotte is located at 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte NC.

8. Go to The McLovins Valentine's Day Throwdown at the Rabbit Hole at 8 p.m. for some funky rock music that's sure to entertain. The Rabbit Hole is located at 1801 Commonwealth Avenue, Charlotte, NC. Cost of admission is $8.

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9. Serenade your valentine honky-tonk style at Open Mic at Puckett's Farm Equipment at 8:30 p.m. Free to attend, have some beer and sing along to country and blues tunes. Puckett's is located at 2740 West Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte NC.

10. Play free rounds of BINGO together for prizes at Hattie's Tap & Tavern from 9-11 p.m. Hattie's is located at 2918 The Plaza, Charlotte NC.

11. Attend Sayword Tuesday at The Tavern at 9:30 p.m. It's a free poetry open mic night featuring over a dozen local talented poets and the music of DJ Daddy D. The Tavern is located at 300 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC.

12. Paint and sip wine or beer at Studio Cellar from 5-10 p.m. They offer freestyle painting, where you pay $11 for a 6x6 canvas to paint as you desire, no reservation necessary. Studio Cellar is located at 1800 Camden Road, Charlotte, NC.

Nancy Braun and the Showcase Realty team wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day!

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Home for Sale in Mount Holly NC in Beautiful Waterfront Community

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This home for sale in Mount Holly NC is a great option for homeowners looking to expand and enjoy a relaxing lifestyle. The property is located in the waterfront community of the River Front Subdivision with lots of great amenities and a friendly atmosphere.

The home was built in 1998 and has been well-maintained on .26 acres of land. Homeowners will enjoy a 2-car attached garage, a concrete driveway and a home exterior made of brick veneer and vinyl.

This brick-front home for sale in Mount Holly NC offers a spacious 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath layout as well as an open foyer, large master suite and lots of natural light.

Homeowners with students will be delighted to know about the various sought-after schools in the area including South Point High School, Mount Holly Middle School and Catawba Heights Elementary School, to name a few.

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This home for sale in Mount Holly NC is located in Gaston County. Do you like to eat and dine out? The area of Gaston is home to a wide variety of flavors of cuisines!

2000 Cafe
Asian
3870 W. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, NC
704-868-8839
Ben & Jerry’s
Sweets
3908 East Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, NC
704-824-7391
Mike’s Grill
Casual
128 West Virginia Ave. Bessemer City,NC
704-629-5191
Chick-Fil-A
Casual
801 Park St. Belmont, NC
704-825-8600
Dairy Queen of Belmont
Sweets
7015 Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont, NC
704-825-5106
Applebees
Casual
3628 East Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, NC
704-823-0001

Nearby amenities shown below:

Coffee Shops Gas Stations Drug Stores Grocery Stores
Dunkin Donuts(1.47mi) CITGo(.98mi) CVS Pharmacy(1.55mi) Food Lion(1.21mi)
He-Brews Coffee(1.62mi) Times Turn Around(1.47mi) Walgreens(2.14mi) Mt. Holly Laos Market(1.99mi)
Caravan Coffee & Dessert Bar(2.4mi) BP Nichols Food Store(2.18mi) Bi-Lo(2.17mi) Asian Market(2.04mi)

If you love exploring the outdoors, learning more about history or taking part in athletics with the kids, there are lots of things to do in Gaston County. Take a look at all of these great options:

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American Military Museum
109 West Second Ave.
Gastonia, NC
704-866-6068
South Fork River Park
4185 Mountain View St.
Gastonia, NC
704-922-2160
Gastonia Farmers Market
410 East Long Ave.
Gastonia, NC
704-853-0049
Bit of Hope Ranch
5001 Cr Wood Rd.
Gastonia, NC
704-862-0095
Adventure Landing
2600 East Franklin Rd.
Gastonia, NC
704-866-4242
Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
704-866-6908
Schiele Museum Planetarium
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
704-866-6908
AMF Bowling
2201 East Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
704-867-7243
The Movies at Franklin Square
3778 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28056
704-824-9556

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For complete details on this home for sale in Mount Holly NC including price, square bartage and more photos, please visit 104 Steamboat Drive, Mount Holly, NC 28120.

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Home for Sale in Charlotte NC with Recent Renovations!

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This home for sale in Charlotte NC is a place of sophistication and elegance in the Brookmere Subdivision. With the recent renovations made, this home is sure to fit the needs of many homeowners looking to expand.

If you are looking to upgrade into a property with more space, light and opportunity, then this might be the perfect property for you. The home includes new SS appliances, paint, granite, vinyl flooring and carpet. Flooring is mainly made of laminated wood, tiles and wall-to-wall carpet.

What makes this home for sale in Charlotte NC a great catch is the multiple living areas and a beautiful exterior. Both inside and out this home is full of light and extra space, with a large yard that is fenced in for privacy and perfect for entertaining. The space-conscious buyer will adore this property, including the large rooms and den with log fireplace.

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Couples will appreciate the large master bedroom suite, which includes dual vanities and a charming walk-in closet. The floor plan boasts 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a concrete 2-car garage. Families both large and small will be able to spread out and enjoy this home. What more could you ask for?

Not only is the home beautiful, it's also situated in a great location. This home for Sale in Charlotte NC is located near lots of amenities, schools and fun for the whole family. Sought-after schools in the Charlotte area include River Oaks Academy Elementary School, Coulwood Middle School and West Mecklenburg High School. No matter what level your students are in, there is a great education system nearby!

Owning a home in Charlotte is a great investment for any homeowner. Did you know that Charlotte, NC was ranked The 3rd Most Attractive Real Estate Market in America? It is also the top choice for the young professionals, which helped Charlotte, NC to rank as the Top Choice For Millennial Lifestyle and Real Estate.

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A home in Charlotte means endless places to visit, whether you enjoy the arts, music, dining, shopping, sports or being one with nature.

For some quality time with the whole family, consider getting a thrill at Carowinds Roller Coaster Park! Spend a day enjoying the rides, eating the food and seeing a show. There is something to do at any age for every visitor! Looking for something to do with the kids on a rainy day?

Consider visiting Discovery Place, where kids can enjoy and explore the deep-sea aquariums and go interactive with their science lab stations. On a hot, sunny day, be sure to visit the indoor water park facility at Ray's Splash Planet to cool down!

If you love sports, take a day off and visit the beautiful golf course of the Rocky River Golf Club and Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, or cheer on your favorite local sports team at an NBA game for the Charlotte Hornets. More interested in football? Spend a Sunday cheering on the Carolina Panthers of the NFL.

Looking for a rush in the great outdoors? Visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center to keep you busy on some of the longest climbing surfaces, nature hikes and biking trails. Looking for a real rush? Ride on the 1,100-ft. mega zip line to take in all of the great views of the area.

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Rays Splash Planet Photo Credit: US-Photography

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After a busy week, take time to be one with nature and the animals at the Latta Plantation Equestrian Center; ride horseback on guided trail rides with friends and family!

Nearby amenities shown below:

Grocery Stores Drug Store Gas Stations Restaurant Coffee Shops
Food Lion(1.14mi) Rite Aid(2.29mi) BP(1.8mi) Mr. Geero(1.75mi) Coppa Coffee and Tea Cafe(2.28mi)
Bi-Lo(1.85mi) CVS Pharmacy(3.27mi) Shell(1.81mi) Shuffletown Drive-In(1.82mi) Starbucks(2.33mi)
Harris Teeter(2.33mi) Harris Teeter(2.33mi) Citgo(5.18mi) Bojangles Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits(2.21mi) Caravan Coffee & Dessert Bar(2.9mi)
Walmart Supercenter(2.42mi) Friendly Family Pharmacy(4.13mi) Nichols Food Store6(5.38mi) Subway(2.28mi) Dunkin Donuts(5.65mi)

For complete details on this home for sale in Charlotte NC including price, square footage and more photos, please visit 1710 Bray Drive, Charlotte, NC 28214.

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Are you now ready to make the move up? This property is a great choice for you and your growing family. Make it yours today by calling Showcase Realty at 704.997.3794 or send us a message here!

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Coming Soon: 3137 Old House Circle, NC, Matthews 28105

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Great 2 story home with inviting rocking chair front porch with fully fenced back yard. Large kitchen with bar open to den with cozy fireplace. Master suite with walk in closet and private bath. Great opportunity to flip or rent out. Property needs cosmetic updates, selling as is.

Price : $139,900

4 beds | 2.5 bath | .20 acres lot

3 Car Park Space | Patio | Fenced Yard

For inquiries please contact :
Nancy Braun, Showcase Realty
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Charming Home for Sale with Large Sunroom

Belmont NC Homes for Sale

Take a look at this bungalow home for sale in the Smith Park Subdivision! The property sits on half an acre with a tree-lined yard and large deck that's perfect for entertaining. The home for sale was built in 1960 but remains well-maintained and boasts 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath.

Features include a gravel driveway with 1 car park access, a spacious kitchen with lots of cabinet space and a sunroom that boasts lots of natural light. For families, the property is located near schools including Belmont Central Elementary School, Belmont Middle School and Stuart W. Cramer High School.

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Gaston County has lots of things to do and see both individually and as a family. For those who like to enjoy the outdoors, there are a wide range of places to visit including Crowders Mountain State Park where you can enjoy hiking and 25-mile views of the surrounding piedmont.

Visitors can also spend a day at the Kings Mountain National Military Park, which boasts live-action theatre films as well as a museum, bookstore and hiking trails.

Close by amenities of the home include:

Coffee Shops

Restaurants

Gas Stations

Drug Stores

Grocery Stores

Joe Muggs
(4.28mi)

Mot's Diner
(.14mi)

Marathon
(.91mi)

BiLo
(1.57mi)

Asian Market(.42mi)

Caffeine
(5.1mi)

Springwood
Cafe(.63mi)

BP Nichols Food Store(1.35mi)

Walgreens
(1.61mi)

Food Lion
(.69mi)

Starbucks
(5.98mi)

Mount Holly
Grill(1.88mi)

Times Turn
Around(2.25mi)

College Park Pharmacy(2.28mi)

QSC Food Mart(2.66mi)

Java House
(6.56mi)

McDonalds
(2.55mi)

Richard's BP
Service(2.54mi)

Belmont Drug Store(2.72mi)

Corner Grocery(3.14mi)

2517 Boundary St Belmont NC 28012, home for sale

For complete details on this home for sale including price, square footage and more photos, please visit 2517 Boundary St Belmont, NC 28012.

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This home for sale is a great opportunity for home buyers! Whether a first-time home or an investment, this property has been well-maintained and boasts lots of great features. Want to know more? Call us today at Showcase Realty at 704.997.3794 or send us a message here!

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April 16, 2016

Investing in Charlotte Real Estate: The 3 Zip Codes With the Highest Price Increases

Investing in Charlotte Real Estate

CharlotteStories.com recently shared an insightful list of the top 10 zip codes with the highest price increases in 2015. The data is according to the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Here are the top 3 zip codes:

#1 28208 (WEST BLVD. – FREEDOM DR.)

This zip code is by far one of the most diverse with home prices ranging from under $30k to over $500k – prices in this sector are almost directly correlated to the distance from Center City.

In just 12 months, this zip code saw a median price increase of 70% to finish the year at $110,500.

#2 28204 (ELIZABETH – CHERRY)

Did you know there’s a neighborhood in Charlotte called ‘Cherry’? If you’ve ever been to the midtown Trader Joes, chances are you’ve been there – it’s that little neighborhood on the other side of Kings Dr.

Prices here increased 28.5% to an even $300,000 – perhaps the streetcar did some good after all?

#3 28217 (YORKMONT – RENAISSANCE PARK)

The major attractions of this zip code include the Billy Graham Library and the world-renowned  Renaissance Park disc golf course.

Home prices saw an impressive 26.3% increase to finish the year at $111,000.

Whether you’re new to real estate investment or a seasoned investor, Showcase can assist you in getting deals on properties that make great investments. Find out more here.

If you’d like to receive a list of current foreclosure properties, you can get that here free. For the rest of the top zip codes for investments, please visit CharlotteStories.com.

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April 16, 2016

Pests: Protecting your home from Invasion

Pests Protecting your home from Invasion

No one likes to spot cockroaches in restaurants or hear of bed bug cases in prestigious hotels. These pests can ruin an establishment’s reputation, and fast actions will need to be taken to halt their growth. It’s not just restaurants and hotels that are common homes for these creatures either-they can find their way into your home too! Unfortunately, many homeowners do not know how to spot these creatures, or the problem isn’t realized until it’s too late.

To help with prevention and eradication, consider these tips to recognize pest problems and how to solve them:

Get to know the Pests

Bugs, like all creatures have their important spot in the delicate ecosystem, but this doesn’t mean that all bugs are beneficial or good. Many insects tend to spread disease, and these diseases have the ability to make it into your homes and gardens.

For example, the foundation of your home may be at risk from wood-eating termites. Termites are spotted in swarms and will leaves mud tubes outside of your home. Have you ever noticed any hollow sounds in your wooden floors or peeling paint? Any of these are signs could be the work of termites. Areas like California and Florida are very susceptible to subterranean termites because of the humidity, and damp wood termites will be the biggest culprit for homeowners in the Northeast, Northwest and Midwest regions.

Large-sized pests like rodents can also bring disease to your home, and they will eat and thrive off of almost anything on site. House mice are often found on farm properties, while rats in the Norway region tend to migrate more towards populated areas. Signs of rodent infestations will include bartprints, droppings, foul odors and scratching and gnawing sounds from within the walls.

If you suspect that your home is inhabited by pests, visit a pest control professional near you.

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Global Warming and Pests

As the earth continues to warm, insect populations will also continue to rise. As the winter season becomes shorter each year, disease-carrying pests like ticks will continue to come out earlier and leave later in the season. Ticks have now caused record-high amounts of Lyme disease cases, and other sicknesses such as Dengue Fever and West Nile continue to spread across the continents with the growing warmth.

One example of the spread of insects takes place in the United Kingdom, wherein the Green Shield Bug was found destroying crops. Although the insect does not carry a disease, the UK’s previously cooler temperatures discouraged the Green Shield Bug from traveling there. Previously, the insect only existed in Australia, Africa, Mediterranean, America and the Middle East.

Pesticide and Chemical Usage

The use of pesticides is just about everywhere we look. You can find them in agricultural fields, forests, homes, schools and even parks. Pesticides also exist in our bard, water and air.

A 2012 study done by Harvard and the University of Montreal found that cases of ADHD in children could be caused partly by pesticides found in vegetables. Autism has also been linked to organochlorine pesticides, as mothers who were exposed to the chemical were six times more likely to have a child with autism according to The Public Health Institute of Toxics Action Center. Pesticides also play a very large role in causing various cancers in humans, as they disrupt the endocrine system and reproductive system, as well as harm embryonic development and the regulation of hormones.

Both humans and the environment are brutally harmed by pesticides. Scientist discovered that pesticides weaken the immune systems in plant sand reduce the concentration of their most important nutrients. Farmlands overusing pesticides will also kill important soil microorganisms, worms and beneficial insects, according to Toxics Action Center.

When humans are threatened by pests, then they become a problem. Fortunately, more products are now becoming available that are eco-friendly and safer for people to use.

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