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Mild winter weather will cause noticeable increase in insects


The warmer temperatures are great for getting outside but not so great if you don't like bugs. Exterminators say this mild weather will cause an increase in mosquitos, spiders, ants, and more.

"Staying inside most of the time just going out when I have to," said Plymouth resident Deborah Eads. That's her plan for avoiding the predicted swarms of insects this spring. The experts say it's going to be buggy this year. Chuck Dreibelbis at Arrow Pest Control said, "I think we'll see more crawling and flying insects than normal."

He said the blue skies and above freezing temperatures this winter have failed to kill off insects. "We didn't get that hard freeze that we normally get so we didn't lose a lot of mosquitos so I think we'll see an abundant crop this year," said Dreibelbis. And mosquitos won't be the only abundant crop. Dreibelbis said, "I anticipate a good crop of ants this year."

Mosquitos and ants, but wait there's more. Dreibelbis added, "because of the mild winter I think that we'll see a good crop of spiders inside and out."

Dreibelbis said termites don't die in the winter they just go underground but they'll be popping up sooner this year. "We anticipate in the next month we'll start seeing termites swarming in March. Normally don't see that til April," said Dreibelbis.

 All of this means if you plan on enjoying the outdoors you'll want to be prepared. Plymouth Resident Don Stiles said, "looks like I'll be stocking up on bug spray." Lucky for him the bug spray was just put on the shelves this week at Smith Farm Stores in Plymouth. Employee Rebekkah Peacock said, "people have already been flocking to it buying different bug sprays." She is expecting the stuff to sell pretty well this year because of the mild winter. "Flies, fleas, mosquitos, it's gonna be crazy," said Peacock.

For now things are calm. Dreibelbis says his phones aren't ringing off the hook yet but with the weather we've been having he knows they will be soon.

 Experts say you can prepare. Here are some tips from Dreibelbis:

Don't stack wood on the ground directly next to your house to avoid termites and carpenter ants.

Get rid of any standing stagnant water in your yard to keep the number of mosquitos down. This includes water in tree trunks and bird baths.

If you notice sawdust that means you may have termites or carpenter ants so call an exterminator to have it checked out.


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