Fleas, fire ants invading yards and homes this spring

Fleas, fire ants invading yards and homes this spring
Adams Exterminators is a pest control service serving Southwest Georgia (Source: WALB)
Pets can carry fleas so it's best to make sure your animal is on a flea prevention medication (Source: WALB)
Pets can carry fleas so it's best to make sure your animal is on a flea prevention medication (Source: WALB)
Pharell cats, raccoons, and armadillos can use crawl spaces as shelters bringing in unwanted pests (Source: WALB)
Pharell cats, raccoons, and armadillos can use crawl spaces as shelters bringing in unwanted pests (Source: WALB)
Fire ants can sting causing itchiness (Source: WALB)
Fire ants can sting causing itchiness (Source: WALB)
Bridges Sinyard, Vice President, Adams Exterminators (Source: WALB)
Bridges Sinyard, Vice President, Adams Exterminators (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Pesky pests getting in your home?

Well, you want to stop them now before the problem escalates.

Vice President of Adams Exterminators, Bridges Sinyard said there has been an uptick in people calling about fleas.

He said our spring was very mild, but when the weather warms up each year fleas start coming out.

If you have pets you want to make sure they are taking flea and tick prevention medication.

And if you have a crawl space underneath your home, sometimes animals can get in if the crawl space is not sealed up well.

They'll basically use that area as shelter.

"So it's really important, you know, periodically to go around the outside of your home. Make sure you don't have any vents missing on the side of your home," explained Sinyard.

Sinyard said one of the most common places is you'll sometimes see where the air conditioner goes in, they will actually dig out from under it to get inside the crawl space.

Now there are remedies at home improvement stores, but exterminators say the sprays are not always powerful enough.

"It's best to handle the issue when you know it's an issue before it becomes a really big problem down the road," stated Sinyard.

As for fire ants, they can be frustrating, too, especially if you get bitten.

He said these bugs are continuing to spread across the Southeastern part of the U.S.

"When we have a lot of rain like we had recently, you're going to see more and more fire ant beds pop up," said Sinyard, "Because right now is the time of year they're reproducing. They're expanding. And you'll probably see the mounds pop up in your yard."

Again, pest control services can treat your yard for fire ants.

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