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June 27, 2007

Dougherty County -- The drought's causing more problems than just dry lawns.

 Lots of unwanted pests like ants, roaches, and mice are moving into homes. They're looking for water and exterminators are working overtime.

Does this look familiar. Armies of ants just like these are marching into homes across South Georgia, and experts say insect infestations have risen dramatically in the last month. Adams Exterminators Owner Jeff "Bodine" Sinyard said "in the last 60 to 90 days the phone has rung two to three times more than normal this time of year."

It's not just ants.  Fleas, cockroaches and mice are being forced to go into homes looking for moisture as the drought and heat continues in South Georgia. Sinyard said "the ones that lots of times will stay in the pine tree bark or stay in the mulch are coming inside now. Because they are looking for that water, looking for that food, and it's a little bit intense right now."

With much of South Georgia still in extreme drought conditions, the creepy crawlers are looking for moisture and cooler temperatures. Pest control companies say even the cleanest home could be infested.  

 They are spraying bushes and putting out granular poison around houses trying to put up barriers. But it's a tough battle, and exterminators are getting more calls everyday from new customers. Adams Exterminators General Manager David Reed said "we're staying really busy. It's kind of overwhelming at times, but we're getting the job done."

 Pest experts say ants and fleas are especially tough, and may need repeated treatment, as pests want to use your home to escape drought conditions.

 Rodents and snakes are also being seen in greater numbers around homes. Mice usually don't enter homes until temperatures fall in the winter, but now more are moving indoors as water and food sources dry up. Snakes and other predators follow the mice.

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