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CHECK YOUR HOMES: Termites, bugs, and more starting to swarm with warmer weather

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — It's the perfect time for homeowners to check their homes for termites, pests, and bugs. 

If you don’t check, those bugs can destroy homes and cost thousands of dollars in damage. 

Even with the warmer weather, it’s prime time for them to start swarming.  

"Actually, they've already started to emerge." 

Pest Control Expert Dale Hodgson says cockroaches, spiders, bugs, and plenty more are making their return. 

Homeowners need to be on the lookout because most times, some don't see or know these critters are in their homes. 

Hodgson says that could increase especially with the high wind gusts we've had lately. 

"The winter was hard, things happen to a home, cracks develop, things get torn away from the house a little bit,” Hodgson said. “All of that should be inspected and fixed any time after a wind, that's a good indicator and even throughout the summer. Anytime the storm passes you should check the house.” 

Hodgson says if a homeowner knows of termites, pests, or other bug problems, a pest control expert will inspect the home and provide tips on how to eliminate this issue in the future. 

He also says with the pandemic and others staying home more than before, that's when people find out they may have problems. 

"People are hearing things differently,” Hodgson said. “They may hear things in an attic or a room they don't normally do. Sometimes with the kids being home and homeschooled they're leaving snacks around the house and insects will get in, find that food source and capitalize on it." 

Hodgson says he suggests homeowners to buy putty knives, copper stuffitts which he says is basically a pad that you place in a hole because it doesn't rust.

Nylon scouring brushes are another useful tool as the tips can help cover holes or, he says you can use a caulking gun.

“Just walk around the house if they have large gaps and the spouting may be torn away or the gutters may be loose, that kind of thing," Hodgson said.

He also says even a pile of leaves can be problematic because chipmunks, ants, and mice, among other things, can hide in it. 

Here are some more tips: 

  • Keep all structural wood from coming in contact with the soil
  • Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and 5-inches off the ground 
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry
  • Always clean crumbs and trash from inside and outside your home   

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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