The ground is more saturated than usual this summer and that's driving unwanted insects into many homes in South Georgia.
Folks at Adam Exterminators have been
swamped with business all summer long because of the abnormally high rain
amounts. The wet conditions are forcing unwanted critters out of their natural
habitat and into your home.
"What this rain does is it
actually destroys their habitat area and with Argentine ants especially their
low nesting ants it's not like a fire ant mound and it actually destroys their
habitat which gets them moving," said David Reed manager of Adam Exterminators
Ants aren't the only insects being
forced out of their home, which is keeping the phone lines at Adams
Exterminators ringing off the hook.
"We've had an influx of ant calls
American smokey brown roaches, which come from the outside, even Asian
cockroaches. We've had a lot of flea calls and of course mosquito services have
been off the roof this year," said Reed.
The high demand for their services has
made it difficult to keep a light load for sprayers and the jam packed days has
some employees feeling overwhelmed.
"Our business has been booming
this summer. It's been tremendous grade at times overwhelmed but we've managed
to get everything done that we need to get done," said David Reed.
There are some preparations that you
can do to limit the threat of pests entering your home.
"Keeping your shrubs and trees
trimmed off of your house with all the rain that we've had and the growth
patterns of Crape Myrtles and shrubs this year please make sure that the shrubs
and trees are not contacting the house," said Reed.
If you see standing water around your
home it is a good idea to remove it as soon as possible to cut down on the risk
for mosquito nests and unwanted bugs creeping into your home.