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Mild Winter Could Mean More Pests This Spring


The late-winter springlike temperatures that have prevailed in much of the U.S. this year may have one very negative side effect. Pests may show up earlier, and in greater numbers.

"The mild winter weather could have a ripple effect on pest activity," said Jim Warneke, Southeast division technical services manager for Orkin Pest Control. "Insects stay in a hibernation-like state during the winter since cold temperatures slow down their metabolism and reproduction cycles. But with the season's above-average temperatures, we could have larger numbers of ants, termites, cockroaches and mosquitoes this spring."

While most ants don't bite, they can be just as big a nuisance as mosquitoes. There are about 50 different ant species in the U.S. While many are just a nuisance, carpenter ants can infest homes and cause expensive structural damage.

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