Experts say be ready for more bugs this year in East Tennessee

Experts say be ready for more bugs this year in East Tennessee

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"Flies, mosquitoes, everything's been out earlier this year in larger amounts," Adam Stewart said. "Flies, mosquitoes, everything's been out earlier this year in larger amounts," Adam Stewart said.
Spencer Foster says termites and ants are out a couple months earlier than normal. Spencer Foster says termites and ants are out a couple months earlier than normal.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - While many people are enjoying the unseasonably warm spring weather in East Tennessee, experts say have the bug repellant ready. Not only are the bugs out earlier, there will be an increased amount of them throughout the summer.

While doing yard work, Adam Stewart already has to battle the biting bugs.

"Flies, mosquitoes, everything's been out earlier this year in larger amounts. The weeds have grown faster. It's definitely been something different this year than I've ever experienced," he said.

The bugs mean big business for Russell's Pest Control. Spencer Foster, a manager at Russell's, says business is up 20% from this time last year.

"When everything came out earlier than it did, it kind of blind sided everyone. So the homeowner wasn't expecting it so when these insects started coming out more. These homeowners were shocked and needing help," Foster said.

He says the warm, wet winter weather is the reason the bugs are showing up early. "The winter really didn't kill any of them off at all because we had such a mild winter," he explained.

Foster says termites and ants are out a couple months earlier than normal and people have been caught off guard finding them in homes. He also says mosquitoes and flies are already out and fleas and ticks won't be far behind.

The bugs can also be bad for your home and you health. Mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus.

To reduce the amount of mosquitoes in your yard, experts say to get rid of standing water around your home.

"Any small amount of water will give the mosquito the chance to where they can lay the eggs within the water," Foster said.

Exterminators can treat your home and yard for many pests, but Foster says anyone can reduce the amount of ants and flies in and around homes by cleaning up trash and keeping the garbage can further away.

Officials at the Knox County Health Department expect there to be a lot of mosquitoes this summer so they recommend wearing repellant.

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