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Pest Control


Pest Control involves eliminating and/or controlling undesirable insects and animals. These pests include rats, mice, and other rodents as well as cockroaches, spiders, bedbugs, ants, fleas, bees, and wasps. We sometimes are asked to also rid buildings of nuisance birds or snakes. 

Pests can damage your belongings, merchandise, and home/business. They carry hundreds of different types of diseases.

Our aim is to always use the most effective and safest means to accomplish your needs and to take the time to help you to keep the issue from reoccurring.

Call us to schedule an inspection. We provide services to private homes, businesses, and institutions.

Termite Control


Termites are wood-destroying insects. Their presence dates back to the dinosaurs. While they play an important role in nature, experts estimate they cause $5 billion of property damage each year. Termites work 24 hours/7 days a week at damaging the wood in and around a structure. They swarm in the early spring, depending on their geographical location.

We will tailor your termite program to fit your needs. We utilize both conventional termiticide and bait treatments in our arsenal to combat these destructive pests. We also do pretreatments on new construction to start your property out with the most important protection it can receive. Don't delay, termites often do their destructive work without ever being seen. Call us for an inspection.

Moisture Remediation


Moisture Remediation involves reducing or eliminating excessive moisture in and around your home or business. Excessive moisture creates ideal conditions to attract many types of insects such as termites and wood-boring beetles. It can also result in fungi growth which damages the structural wood. Taking action before damage occurs can save you thousands of dollars. Call us for an inspection.

Lucky the Bed Bug Dog

Lucky the Bed Bug Dog

Lucky is a common dog name, but this pit bull’s story is anything but common


Article By Kaycie Goddard at StubbyDog

Lucky’s life didn’t have the best start. Severely neglected, the scrawny, mostly hairless puppy was discovered by his now dad, Peter Schonemann of Russ Pest Control, while he was out performing bed bug inspections in North Carolina.

“I knocked and knocked on the door and no one would answer until I heard this whimpering,” Peter says, “So I took him outside with me and pet his head — it seemed like the only part of him safe to touch. And everyone who saw me said they were glad I had the pup because no one else wanted him.”

Peter took Lucky home to his family who immediately fell in love. A surprisingly clean bill of health had the puppy settling in with his new family in no time. “He ate twice and slept for about four days,” Peter recalls. No one in the family would have guessed that Lucky, seemingly just another of their rescue dogs (of which they now have three), would soon show off a special talent.


Adult bed bugs are just a little bit smaller than an apple seed and can be seen with the naked eye. However, their eggs and nymphs are nearly impossible to find without a special skill set — a skill set that Lucky just happened to be born with. “He would just sniff everything, and yeah he’s a dog, but this was different,” Peter says. Fully trained bed bug detection dogs can cost upwards of $7,000, but Lucky was showing signs that he’d be a good candidate to show what a totally free rescue dog can do. “So we bought some vials to hide the bugs in and Amy started training him to be a bed bug detection dog.”

Peter and Amy are impressed with his progress. “He can sniff out one egg. That’s all it takes,” his dad boasts. “He still gets distracted with other dogs’ toys when we’re searching a place and that sort of thing, but we’re working with him. He’s still such a puppy.”

“Everyone loves him around the office. He comes in every morning to take attendance before we go out for more training,” Peter says. Lucky, now 19 months old, is on track to be a certified bed bug detection dog by the time he reaches his second birthday.

“Lucky is the epitome of a pit bull — he’s loyal and loves to play,” Peter says. “Some clients are afraid of him since he’s a pit bull, but he’s got this goofy ear that stands up all the time so I think that helps.”

When he’s not sniffing out bed bugs, Lucky enjoys running with his mom, getting spoiled at the office, and enjoying a quiet home life with his family. Lucky and Amy ran in the 2013 Canine Crawl on St. Patrick’s Day which benefitted their local shelter, the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. Not only did they participate in the race, Lucky and Amy finished in first place in Amy’s age group.

Stay updated on Lucky and his bed bug detection by following him on Facebook and Twitter.WDDO


Update: March 2014, Lucky has worked hard and officially earned his accreditation as a Bed Bug Detection Canine. If you are experiencing the affects of Bed Bugs this happy, enthusiastic canine can help eliminate these horrible pests. Lucky's handlers are also certified and licensed.


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logo ace2Russ Pest Control personnel are highly qualified and receive on-going training to keep them knowledgable with the latest techniques and products theyLuckythebedbugdog may utilize to solve the tough pest issues we may encounter. Each pest type has specific habits and needs. Having that knowledge is imperative in controlling many types of pests. We even utilize the services of a trained nose to help in solving your pest issues with our own certified bed bug detection canine. Read more on the bed bug control page. 

noroachAt Russ Pest Control our aim is provide the best solution to pest issues. Our priority is to use an Integrated Pest Management approach which utilizes our knowledge of pests to safely stop the pest issue now and prevent future pest infestations. Using this approach minimizes the use of pesticides. It also results in longer term pest prevention. We know you will appreciate our effort to provide you with the safest and most effective means to solve any issues you may be experiencing.

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