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Cold weather could cause an increase in bugs in South Georgia

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Buba Nolan Buba Nolan
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

After an unusually cold Winter in South Georgia, pest experts say we could see an unusually high number of bugs this Spring...especially when it comes to mosquitoes.

"Mosquitoes, once the ice melts and it makes water pockets, they breed in those water pockets," explained Buba Nolan, Technical Director for Astro Extermination in Valdosta. "So, they gon' come back with a vengeance. After all this cold is done, you gon' see a real influx of mosquitoes."

But it's not just mosquitoes. The cold also makes it harder to get rid of ants, meaning the ants could be around longer, causing the ant population to increase.

"Over Winter, they nest up and they're hard to find. They come in and take what they want and then they go back to their nests," Nolan pointed out.

Nolan says not only does the cold tend to increase the overall amount of bugs, the cold can also increase the chances of bugs in your home.

"When it's cold outside," said Nolan, "the roaches are gonna come inside; pocket up where it's nice and warm around the refrigerator and stuff like that."

As the weather begins to get warmer, pest control companies are going to get busier, which means it might take experts longer to get to your pest problem.

"We gon' be real, real busy this Spring, I'm afraid," said Nolan. 

His Advice? Take care of the problem now, before the bugs take control of you.

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