People fighting off bugs due to warm wet weather

Published: Apr. 6, 2012 at 4:21 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Pest Control experts said more people are fighting off bugs because of the rainy weather combined with warmer temperatures. Experts said they are getting more and more phone calls from people complaining about mosquitos, fleas and termites.

Some homeowners are being proactive. Gene Barbour said, "Spray my home every 2-3 weeks just to ward off any potential invasion from the normal southern pest." But recently he was alarmed to find termites in his backyard.

Barbour added, "Once you see that you have to know that this area of the country is renowned for their termite issues." Lennie Johnson with Lane's Pest Control said there are things people can do right now to keep termites from destroying your home.

Johnson said, "A chemical treatment which is the traditional style…it's a barrier that goes around your house. The other style is a baiting system-stations that go about every ten feet around the perimeter of your home."

Horry County will start their aerial spraying mid-April in certain areas of the county to ward off mosquitos. But some said that is not enough to get rid of them. Johnson said, "I see the plane that goes over and sprays from Horry County, and I still have to spray my personal home for mosquitoes once a month."

Johnson said it comes down to a health hazard. Johnson stated, "There has been documented cases of the West Nile Virus in South Carolina so anytime you are bit by a mosquito you are subject to that."

Ben Powell, an entomologist with the Clemson Extension office said the combination of a warm winter plus a wet spring means bugs are becoming a problem earlier in the year. Johnson said it is something he sees everyday.

Johnson added, "With the amount of rain in the past couple of weeks it's really increased the bugs people are seeing. They're starting to come out and come into people's homes."

Johnson said their call volume is up 50-75 % and those calls are coming in earlier than last year.

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