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Warmer weather brings early spring pests


POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:12pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 2:19pm

The weather has felt anything but winter-like lately, and because of that, you may have noticed bugs crawling around.

Dennis Newberry of Alpha Pest Control says he's been getting more calls than normal this winter.

"Carpenter ants are coming out earlier this year because of the warmer weather, and they precede termites by probably four to six weeks," Newberry said. "And then we also had such a dry, stressed area, that a lot of pests have moved indoors."

And since the rain has caught up with us, the mosquitos are expected to be bad this year, too.

Tyler Animal Control says the warmer winter weather is causing cats to go into breeding season earlier this year, as well.

"Calls have already increased," said Bob Gardner of Tyler Animal Control. "It is directly related to the fact that it's been warmer than normal."

Besides getting your home sprayed, Newberry gave some tips on things you can do yourself ... to help keep those pests away from your house.

- Clear caulk and a caulk gun can be purchased at any home and hardware store. Put it around doors and windows where you have cracks.

-Buy any type of foam sealant, which can be put inside openings. It also prevents drafts in the houses.

-Place steel wool at the base of your house where you have openings called foundation vents. Take a screwdriver and embed it in there well.

-Place a bait box outside your house for rodents, on a slate stump so it can't move easily.

-Make sure your firewood is at least 8 feet away from your house on racks that don't touch the ground, so the wood can get good ventilation underneath.

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The lack of a serious and cold winter is always a problem when it comes to pest control. It's also likely to get worse as the spring and summer get here, and the really bad pests such as termites come back with a vengeance.

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