Heat causing bugs to infest homes

By Laura Geller - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – If you've noticed bugs in your house, you're not alone. The heat we've been experiencing throughout Central Virginia is causing insects to come out of hiding and into your home. In fact, it may sound strange, but it can be too hot outside for the bugs.  Exterminators told NBC12 they usually have to wait until the dead summer heat in August to get the high volume of calls they're seeing right now.

Stella Stanley had a rude awakening Monday morning. She went to make some coffee and found ants in her sugar bowl.

"I couldn't have my coffee," she explained. "I was completely disgusted, not to mention mad. It's aggravating as all - get out!"

She called Loyal Termite and Pest Control. J. Lee Gilbert has been a professional bug killer for 42 years.

"We need to think like an insect and that is, they need, moisture," he said. "They need a food source and they need a place to hide. And if we provide that by poor housekeeping for instance, they are home free."

His inspection of Stanley's home started inside. He looked for entry points and hiding places. As treatment, Gilbert sprayed things like the garbage disposal, dishwasher, refrigerator, even the toilet.

"Food sources don't include steak and eggs," he maintained. "It includes grease, sugar and those kinds of things."

Outside, Gilbert spread poison bait he hoped the critters will take back to the nest. He focused on what they might see as the perfect spot. Those include areas found at every home, like a drain spout, air conditioning unit, or something as common as a rock.

"If you've killed a few hundred or a few thousand it's only the tip of the iceberg," he said.

Gilbert explained if you're only seeing a couple bugs, try getting traps, bait or a spray from a home improvement store. But, if you're seeing 15 - 20 ants every day it might be time to call a professional.

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