Best Pest Control Service in Wake Forest and Raleigh

If you are one of the many thousands of people moving to the Wake Forest area, you may not realize just how common “bug problems” are. If you are relocating from the northeast or southwest, you likely didn’t have to deal with termites, bed bugs and hornet’s nests. Unfortunately, one of the biggest parts of homeownership during the summer months in Wake Forest and Raleigh is controlling pests. It is not the case that you have to be concerned with every single bug, beetle or bee, but they can cause concerns down the road.

One thing that is imperative in Wake Forest and Raleigh is to find a reliable and professional pest control company. When it comes to Raleigh area pest control companies you should look no further than Cleggs. Cleggs has ben around since 1965. This means they have seen any and all types of bugs, beetles or termites. In fact, you may want to use their blog to learn more about Bugs in North Carolina.

Even if you are not concerned with termites or bed bugs, remember that pets are common in this part of the country. If you have an outside cat or dog, it is very likely they will get fleas at one time or another. Cleggs Pest Control can help isolate and destroy any flea infestation you have in your home. This is something you will want to address early rather than waiting until it has gotten out of control. Some people will think to buy a “flea bomb” at WalMart, Home Depot or Lowes but you cannot be 100% confident this is going to work. If it doesn’t work, your animals are going to continue to be stressed because of the fleas.

If you happen to be moving to Wake Forest in late 2018 or early 2019, we strong encourage you to contact Cleggs before you make your move. Many HOA’s will suggest a pest control company but none of these companies will offer better service and a better product than Cleggs.

Chris Leith Dodge Ram on Capital Boulevard

Having driven Capital Boulevard over the last 20 years, it is easy to remember when the car dealerships were below 540. All the major “players” in the automotive industry were south of Triangle Town Center and those that lived in Wake Forest had to drive down to Raleigh to look at new and used cars. Things are much different in 2018. Not only are most car dealerships north of 540, there are quite a few in Wake Forest.

As you are driving north, one of the major intersections in Wake Forest is Capital Boulevard (US 1) and Falls of Neuse which turns into South Main Street on the Wake Forest side of US 1. At this intersection, there is a newer Chris Leith Dodge Ram dealership. This is a dealership that has “popped up” in the last decade. Those that used to take US 1 to Franklinton or Henderson can remember when this intersection was basically empty.

If you are looking for a new or used Dodge or Ram truck there are a number of options within two hours of Wake Forest. Before assuming Chris Leith is your only option, remember there are a few other great dealerships that you can make in a single day. One of my very good friends had a great experience at Performance CDJR in Clinton. While Clinton, North Carolina is not exactly next door to Wake Forest, it is not a multi day trip. If you know you can save money by traveling for a Dodge or Ram, it would be smart to do so.

If you are planning on using your tax return to buy a Ram truck or Dodge Charger we suggest shopping around at multiple Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram locations. There is no reason to be set on only shopping at Chris Leith Dodge Ram simply because it is the closest to you. Head down into Raleigh and look at some of your options. It doesn’t hurt to call the dealerships in Greensboro and Charlotte as well. If you can save $1000 or $2000 on a new or used car/truck purchase, it is worth the day trip. You will not spend $2000 in gas, I promise.

Local Raleigh Family Dentist Near Wake Forest

If you are seeking a local Raleigh dentist that is near Wake Forest look no further than Wells Family Dentistry. Wells Family Dentistry is located just on the other side of Heritage and is a convenient 10 minute drive from most places in the Wake Forest area. Even if you are in Hasentree or on the Durham side of Wake Forest, you can still get to the Wells Family Dentistry office in less than 25 minutes; depending on traffic.

This dental office goes above and beyond to make certain you are getting the best dental care possible. They have both male and female dentists as well as a very diverse staff. This means you will be happy with the dental assistant you are assigned. If you are concerned that you or your children are not getting the attention they desire, this dental office does a great job of addressing your issues.

Take the time to call Wells Family Dentistry today to book an appointment. You will be very pleased you did. Even if you live closer to another Wake Forest dental office, it is worth the trip to this location. Whether you are looking for CEREC Same Day Crowns or a simple teeth cleaning, you can get the service completed at this dental office.

Gladwell Orthodontics Best of the Best Voting

The Wake Weekly publication conducted their annual Best of the Best voting for Wake Forest, North Carolina businesses. In the past, Gladwell Orthodontics has been the hands down winner for the best orthodontist in the Wake Forest area. In 2017, the voting has concluded. We are anxiously waiting for the tally to see if Gladwell Orthodontics and some of our other favorite businesses are winners his year.

Did you vote? Do you have a favorite dentist or orthodontist in the Wake Forest area? The banquet will be held on September 14th at 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest (Richland Creek Community Church). You can get your tickets here.

If you are part of the business community in Wake Forest, North Carolina we strongly suggest you attend this event. Even if you aren’t in the business world, it is still a great event to go to so you know which businesses to use and support in the future.

Gladwell Orthodontics Invisalign Review

Gladwell Orthodontics is a name that is synonymous with Wake Forest, North Carolina. For years, Dr. Jason Gladwell has worked very hard to build his practice in the northern part of Wake County. Whether you go to Wake Forest High School football games or drive down Highway 98 in the morning, you have likely seen the GO logo for Gladwell Orthodontics.

Dr. Jason Gladwell is one of the only Super Elite Invisalign providers in the entire state of North Carolina. This means he has worked with thousands of patients with the “invisible aligners” method of straightening teeth. In 2017 and beyond, there is a strong likelihood that many dentists and orthodontists in Wake County and throughout the Triangle are going to attempt to push Invisalign as a treatment alternative to braces. Unfortunately, these dentists and orthodontists simply don’t have the experience of Dr. Gladwell and his staff.

When going into Dr. Gladwell’s very modern office, you will find there is a Charity Coffee Shop, a video arcade and the opportunity to use their wifi. This is all before you actually get into the true office. The staff is extremely friendly and Dr. Gladwell takes the time and effort to allow you to understand your options from metal braces to Invisalign.

While Dr. Gladwell is North Carolina’s Invisalign expert, he does understand that not all patients will want the clear aligners. If you are seeking metal braces or clear braces, there are options available. If you have any specific recommendations, Dr. Gladwell is always willing to take your thoughts into consideration.

Another great thing about Gladwell Orthodontics is the location. The office is located very close to The Factory in Wake Forest. This means your children will have the opportunity to go ice skating, to a party or simply shop around for some trinkets or toys.

If you are looking for specific shoppes or stores in the factory, do not hesitate to reach out to us as we have a thorough understanding of the options available in The Factory. We will likely write some reviews and articles explaining what shoppes and boutiques are open on a daily basis in The Factory.

Hasentree Member Guest Tournament Review

The last Hasentree Classic Member-Guest tournament on bentgrass greens has concluded. Any future tournaments at Hasentree will be with the new Championship Bermuda greens that will be reconstructed over the summer. The 2017 Hasentree Classic was a success and anyone that has the opportunity to play in a Hasentree tournament in the future should do so.

It is hard to deny that Hasentree is one of the best private country clubs in all of North Carolina. With brand new greens coming in later this year many have debated if the course will get a CGA Tournament in 2018 or beyond. Only time will tell.

The 2017 Hasentree Classic Member-Guest started with a practice round on Thursday followed by a closest to the pin chipping contest and a putting contest. Members and guests were also encouraged to pick out their TaylorMade gift from the TaylorMade tent.

Friday morning included three (3) nine hole matches within 10 different flights. Even though there were 60 teams on the course, the pace of play was not horrendous. As to be expected with any tournament, pace of play was not fast, but it was not at a standstill for the entire day.

Saturday was the finale of the Hasentree Classic with two (2) nine hole matches and the four hole playoff to determine the Grand Champion. The entire event ended around 5:00 pm.

The Champions Dinner started around 7:00 pm. If you are the type of golfer that likes major events that conclude in a very fancy dinner, the Hasentree Classic is the right tournament for you. It is important to note that the food and beverage was included in the cost of the tournament ($900).

All Calcutta bets were separate from the cost of the tournament. As is policy with almost every single country club in America, the pro staff and employees of the course did not encourage any type of betting amongst the participants.

Once again, if you are looking to enjoy a great member guest tournament in Wake Forest, North Carolina, this is the one to partake in. Note that it is not easy to get into this tournament as the members have to get on a waiting list if they are not chosen for the event.

Heritage Golf Course Review

Heritage is much more than a golf course. It is an entire community and may eventually be its own little town. That said, this review is strictly for the golf course and the experience while on the golf course.

Heritage is a semi private golf course that increases rates on the weekend in an attempt to reduce play from non members. One of my biggest issues with this course is the amount of play it gets. In all reality, the course we benefit by going completely private but that is unlikely to happen.

If you play with a member during the week you can get on the course for around $45. I think it is $60 if you don’t have a member to play with. If you plan on playing on the weekends you are going to drop about $100. If you have the opportunity, it would be better to play with a member at Hasentree for that price.

The course is not nearly as difficult as Hasentree but the par 5s do play longer. The par 3s are shorter and the par 4s are about the same. If you are a good wedge player, you should be able to play well at Heritage. Remember, Heritage has newer Championship Bermuda greens but that have softened up a bit over the last few years. That said, they still putt very differently than bentgrass greens.

You may also find that as a low ball player you struggle at Heritage. Heritage promotes a lot of high ball shots; especially with Championship Bermuda greens. Keep this in mind before dropping $100 to go out and get your butt kicked in on a Saturday or Sunday.

The course is a very nice course for a public course. In fact, I would rate this as the #1 public course in Wake Forest and a top 5 in all of the Triangle. Other public courses that would be comparable are Lonnie Poole (NC State), UNC Finley and Duke’s course. Other than the university courses, there aren’t many public courses in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area that stack up to Heritage.

Unless you are a single digit handicapper, I would suggest playing the black tees which are the middle tees. If you are feeling frisky, you can play the blue tees which end up being one up from the tips. If you are a bomber, go back to the tips and see how the course treats you.

One of the great things about the Heritage Golf Course is there is always a beverage cart girl. I have never played the course and not seen one. This means you don’t have to worry about bringing your own snacks or drinks. You will also be able to grab something before the turn or after your round.

If you plan to play this course in under four hours, you are fooling yourself. Pace of play is always an issue at Heritage as there are tons of women’s groups that walk the course in the morning. While there is always a ranger, there isn’t much they can do when you have five groups of walking women.

Overall, this is a great course if you can only play public golf in Wake Forest or the Triangle. If you are in the Wake Forest area, the best option will always be Hasentree.

PDQ Review

For those that have not had PDQ, it is quite the experience. Some would argue that it is a mix between Chick-Fil-A, Zaxby’s and Bojangles. If you are a fan of fried chicken that has a little bit of a different flavor, PDQ is the place for you.

This PDQ is located in the same area as Carolina Ale House and the new Panera Bread. Parking is not an issue as their parking lot is solely for PDQ customers. During the first few months it was open, there was often a line at PDQ but that is no longer the case. Unlike Chick-Fil-A across the street which seems to always be busy, PDQ seems to be much easier to get in and get out.

The one knock on PDQ is their french fries. If you enjoy french fries with your chicken sandwich or chicken tenders, PDQ is not the most ideal place. Their fries are shoestring fries and are often very small. You have to get four or five of them to equal what would be one waffle fry from Chick-Fil-A.

If you are seeking a fried chicken sandwich that has a different taste and is also covered with a unique sauce, PDQ is an excellent choice. This is something in which Chick-Fil-A and Bojangles cannot compete. When ordering a chicken sandwich at Bojangles or Chick-Fil-A you cannot ask them to put sauces on it for you. You can ask for sauces and then put it one yourself but it is not nearly the same as what they do at PDQ.

Overall, PDQ is a great alternative when it comes to fried chicken. We would not eat it over Chick-Fil-A but it is comparable to Bojangles and Zaxbys.

Panera Bread Near US 1 Review

In early 2017, we believe March or April, the Panera Bread behind Carolina Ale House finally opened. As with many of the brand new Panera Bread locations, the greatest feature is the order by kiosk in which you don’t even had to talk to a cashier. We first started to notice these types of Panera Bread kiosks in the Washington, DC area and now they are throughout the entire Triangle. In fact, it is hard to go into a Panera Bread in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill without seeing the self serve order kiosks.

If you have been to Panera Bread you know what this one offers when it comes to food. The one complaint we have is there aren’t more than one or two large tables. If you have three or four people that are using their laptop, there isn’t a lot of room in this particular Panera location. You can go outside to do this, but it is much more enjoyable to do so inside.

We also noticed that the Internet wifi speed is not where it needs to be. In fact, this is a complaint we have with many Panera Bread locations – the wifi is way too slow. As someone that goes to Panera for business and using my laptop, this is very frustrating. We would spent many more hours in Panera is the wifi was up to speed. We would also spend a lot more money.

We have not used this Panera for takeout but noticed it is available. There are also more and more Panera customers that are ordering food for delivery. This is something we will have to try with the Panera Wake Forest, NC location near US 1.

Hasentree Country Club Golf Course Review

Understand that this is one of many reviews we will do for the Hasentree Country Club. We will do a review for the restaurant and dining options, for the pool and for the overall experience when it comes to living in Hasentree. This review will focus solely on the golf course and the experience one would have while golfing at Hasentree.

Hasentree golf course is a par 71 Tom Fazio design that is one of the best layouts in all of North Carolina. If you are a fan of Tom Fazio golf courses, you will love Hasentree. At the present time, Hasentree has bermudagrass fairways and rough with bentgrass greens. There is zoysiagrass around the bunkers and some hybrid zoysiagrass in the rough on specific holes.

On June 20th, 2017, the Hasentree golf course will convert from bentgrass greens to championship bermuda greens. The course will be open, but in essence, it will be unplayable until Labor Day weekend 2017.

Hasentree is one of the best golf courses I have played with the current bentgrass greens. If you are looking for a true putting experience, there is none better than Hasentree when the greens are in good shape. Unfortunately, Hasentree has lost a handful of greens over the last few summers therefore Toll Brothers, the owner of the course, has decided to convert to championship bermuda which is a much more durable type of grass for greens.

The one complaint many golfers have when it comes to Hasentree is the length of the course. While the 3 tees show only 6300 yards on the scorecard they play much longer with a number of uphill tee shots and uphill second shots. The first hole plays like a par five with many average distance hitters having a long iron or a wood into the green for their second shot of the day. The final hole of the day also plays like a par 5 unless you can carry the ball over 275 yards in the air.

If you are up for the challenge of the distance, there is no better course in terms of design and layout. There are many, many bunkers on the course. If you are not a great sand player, you could really rack up a score by landing in fairway or greenside bunkers. Clean up your sand play before going out to Hasentree Country Club in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Over the last year, the maintenance staff has decided to cut down the rough to make it more playable. Years ago, it was nearly impossible to find your ball in the bermuda rough. In fact, many balls would roll off the fairway and would be lost. If you could find the ball, you had to punch it out and accept a one shot penalty. This is no longer the case as the rough is at a moderate length and the ball will often sit up on the bermuda.

When it comes to the greens, there are none better. If you are one that loves putting the golf ball, there is no better course in North Carolina than Hasentree. Some PGA Tour professionals have stated that Hasentree is almost as good as Augusta National. That is what makes it so hard to see the bentgrass greens converted to championship bermuda. But, what can you do?

If you are ever in Wake Forest, North Carolina and you want a true Country Club golf experience, do your best to get on at Hasentree. The golf course is a very special Tom Fazio design and you can be rest assured that you are going to find grass under your ball if you hit it anywhere near straight.