Bugs make an early appearance this Spring

By: Kari Hall Email
By: Kari Hall Email

You may be enjoying the warm weather we've been having lately but you're not alone. So, too, are the bugs.
Getting outdoors? You may be swatting the whole time. Experts say that due to the mild winter we'll not only see bugs out sooner but in larger numbers.
"We are 3 weeks plus ahead of where we should be. So even though it's the end of March here we're seeing things we normally don't see until mid April," says UK Entomologist Ric Besson.
Large swarms of insects are not only a nuisance but they can cause some more serious problems.
"There also can be some health issues, particularly with ticks that potentially can transmit some diseases. Mosquitoes, we need to be concerned about that as well. But it's general quality of life we also want to protect," says Besson.
If you haven't yet stocked up on spray now's the time but there's some things you may not have considered to keep ants, spiders and other crawlers out of the home.
Besson adds," Prune the foliage away from the house. Rake back mulch that's along the side of their foundation. A lot of these preventive things are going to become more important this year with an early Spring and larger insect survival."
Entomologists say ticks and fleas are also active earlier than normal, so pets need to be protected.

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