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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia's dry weather the last several years kept the number of mosquitoes and other pests down, but our wet spring may change that.

Pest Control experts say they've already seen an increase in some of the pests.

Agricultural experts are cautious and say an increase in some species could actually be helpful to south Georgia's crops.

You may have noticed taller fire ant mounds around town, because ants depend on moisture to survive and reproduce. But a mound close to your home could spell trouble, because they could decide to come inside, looking for food.

"Whether it be rain, cold, heat drought, the bugs tend to raid the residential and businesses a little more frequently," said Joey Sims of Sims Pest Control.

Bugs depend on moisture to survive and reproduce. It also sends them in search of food and into your home. Roaches are one species often driven inside by rain.

"With the mulch around people's homes and the pine straw heavy rains tends to cause these bugs to come inside," said Sims.

While some bugs are pests, increases in other beneficial species can be a boost to farmers. In fact, an increase in honeybees could be good for southwest Georgia fields.

"We need honey bees to pollinate a lot of our food crops in southwest Georgia such as strawberries," said Lee County UGA Extension Agent Doug Collins.

Ladybugs and Lacewings also eat pests like aphids that can ruin a crop and farmers often do what they can to protect the species.

"We often times delay insecticide sprays to protect our beneficials," said Collins.

Pest Control experts say you need to be careful what you spray around your home to rid it of some of these pests, and often times pests can build up a resistance to certain pesticides. You can always contact a pest control specialist if you need more information about how to control pests around your home.

Experts say the cooler temperatures this winter made for a longer termite swarm season and this week's cooler temperatures could actually cause them to swarm again.

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