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Ants marching... until a drier time

June 27, 2005

Valdosta-- We all know warm, wet weather brings mosquitos to South Georgia, but you may also notice an increase in other pests in and around your house.

It's the busiest time of the year for exterminator Tony Simmons. "You have more ant calls in the summer than anything else," he said.

With all the rain we've seen lately, these tiny critters are looking for dry land, and many are finding it inside your home. "When the water table comes up, ants have to come up. They're going to go to trees, houses, anything they can get into," said Simmons.

Simmons says the most common types of ants found in South Georgia this time of year are Argentine and Fireants. Both can be controlled with household pesticides or by setting out store bought bait traps. "Ants will come in, take the bait back to the colony to feed them and rid the house of the ants," said Simmons.

But the pests are coming in from outside, and to get rid of them once and for all, you may have to call in the professionals. "They have these non-repellent products we can use and a lot of baits and things like that," said Simmons.

Whether you use a household product or you hire a professional exterminator, you should be careful how and where you spray the pesticide, especially if you have kids or pets. "When its wet, it can be picked up through the skin and you want to make sure people stay off of that area," said Simmons.

You should also make sure all food is covered and put up when spraying pesticides. It's the best way to rid your home of these unwelcome visitors, while keeping your family safe at the same time.

Simmons says people who build a new home almost always have a problem with ants when they move in, since they usually build on top of the ants' home.