A Busy Bug Season

A Busy Bug Season

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Austin Key with BugMaster finds a colony of termites inside a dead tree stump during a home inspection. He says the mild winter we had along the Gulf Coast will lead to a higher population of fleas, mosquitoes and other insects.

To help keep these bugs out, he says to pay close attention to the slab of your home.

"It would be a mud tube and they very in width, and it would come from the ground up, into a crack," said Austin Key.

Also, make sure the slab is exposed. Eliminate any wood leaning against the home, and if you are considering building a deck, make sure you build it low.

"Where you can still see the slab, so they can do inspect it properly," said Key.

In Baldwin County, Tim Brown with Xtreme Xterminating sweeps under the edges of a roof to help eliminate spiders, which he says are hard to treat. That's because the only way to kill a spider is to treat the insects they eat, eliminate the cobweb or to step on it.

"Know a lot of people squinch when they see this, but if they've ever watched an American roach of any kind, they groom themselves, and at that point in time they ingest poisons. Spiders don't do that. Spiders do not lick their bodies, and they do not make contact with the ground, to absorb anything.

We're told fire ant beds are hard to treat because 15 to 20 queens can be in one colony, which helps the colony to migrate when under attack. Also, three poisonous spiders we're told to look out for are the brown recluse, black widow and the brown widow in our area.

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