Recent cold weather brought more bugs into homes

Recent cold weather brought more bugs into homes, pest control services busy

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The up and down temperatures have local pest control companies busy. The up and down temperatures have local pest control companies busy.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – If you've seen more bugs around the house the last few days, you aren't alone in East Tennessee.

The up and down temperatures have local pest control companies busy.

When the snow came down earlier this week, a lot of us took cover, indoors, in the heat.

And apparently, bugs in the area did the same thing.

Knoxville resident Jeannie Johnson was one of many not happy to find creatures crawling around her house.

"When the weather changed, we had a lot of ladybugs, stink bugs, and those insects with many little legs come in," Johnson explained.

Spencer Foster works at Russell's Pest Control. The recent weather cocktail has him super-busy. Thursday evening, he was spraying Johnson's home.

"Now is the perfect time for these insects to start making a new home," he said.

And what better home, than your home? Especially if the insects are already there for a visit. So what do you do?

"One of the best lines of action is if you see stink bugs or lady bugs, is to not squash them. Don't kill them. Get a vacuum cleaner and suck them up that way," he explained.

If that doesn't work,  he says pick up pesticide, or call a pest control service.

"It's nice to know they're not in your house. You don't have to worry about them being in your kitchen and your bedroom. It's a relief just not to see them," Johnson said.

Even though people are seeing more stink bugs, lady bugs and centipedes in their homes, experts say the number one problem right now  is ants.

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