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Good Question: Why are ants so bad right now?

Many of us are tired of the rainy weather we've had this spring and while its been a nuisance its also causing a pesky problem for some.

Good Question: Why are ants so bad right now?

Chances are in a home near you there is an uninvited guest right now, some pesky critters are out in full force.

"Typically in the spring we have an increase of ant activity along with other insects," said Daryl Brown with Orkin.

Brown a Service Manager with the company says his office has been inundated with calls about people complaining about ants and he says you can thank mother nature.

"They live in the ground so their homes are being flooded and they are looking for higher ground, drier ground so they will wind up coming into your house finding access points, entry points that sort of thing," said Brown.

Brown says ants don't really ever go away, but warm spring temperatures and rain seem to draw them out.

"There are thousands of different types, but the two you should really be concerned about is the nuisance ants which is what we're talking about, but also wood destroying ants."

By taking a walk around your home, Brown says you can look for ways to try and ant proof it.

Things like looking for entry points around doors and windows, especially near the door panel.

Brown says standing water and having clogged gutters can be breeding grounds for not only ants, but mosquitoes as well.

Inside your home in your cabinets you can stop ants by putting food like sugar in plastic containers, all things to send those unwelcome guests packing.

Brown says to watch when you do yard work around your house, especially putting mulch down because that can stir up ant colonies.


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