Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Downside of a Mild Winter - Insects!

Most of us have been rejoicing at the beautiful, warm winter we experienced this year. In the southeast U.S. we only donned a winter hat and gloves twice! The rest of the time was spent in short sleeves and sweaters. The downside of the warm weather is likely to occur early this spring -- insects and pests!

 "All the comfy temperatures could make for some itchy ankles come summertime, according to Jody L. Gangloff-Kaufmann, an urban entomologist at Cornell University and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program." from Our Amazing Planet

Getting a jump start and contacting a pest control service now may be your best line of defense. Ordinarily the cold temperatures kill of insects, but this year they more likely increased in numbers. Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are likely to be out in force and earlier than in previous years. It's a good idea to make sure your pets have early protection as well. This will not only protect your animals from discomfort but help you to avoid a flea infestation which most commonly occurs when pets bring them in from out doors and deposit in the carpets and furniture. They may be protected, but you are not!

So before you put the top down on your convertible, or pull up a lawn chair, take the necessary steps to ward off unwanted insects soon. You will be glad you did!

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