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Insect invasion: Warm weather means more bugs

Lowry applies insecticide outside a home in Smith Co. Lowry applies insecticide outside a home in Smith Co.
Exterminators staying busy this spring after cold weather delayed insect hatching. Exterminators staying busy this spring after cold weather delayed insect hatching.
An extended winter around East Texas delayed the hatching of usual spring bugs until now. 

Recent periods of warm and wet weather have swarms of insects making their way into homes around the region. Best Pest Control's Joel Lowry said flying bugs such as crane flies, bees, and wasps are the most noticeable early in the spring.  

Lowry added that when it comes to preventing spring bugs, check around your property for what might attract insects. Lowry said standing water and newly planted items will lure bugs and give a place for breeding.

"Plant materials you may have installed in your landscape could attract insects, it's mostly going to be things that are blooming may attract not only bees but wasps," Lowry said.

He added that using small amounts of over-the-counter insecticides can help reduce what gets inside your home, but there are other methods as well.

"If you don't have weather stripping it would be a good time to install that because a significant number of insects are going to come into your home through holes in the door or cracks," Lowry said.

Lowry said be careful and always read product labels when using insecticides especially around children or pets.

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