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Will You See More Bugs This Spring?

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Experts say don’t be surprised if you notice pests popping up where you live. Experts say don’t be surprised if you notice pests popping up where you live.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

A familiar sound is back.

"I know we are going to have issues with the typical what we call "seasonal invaders," says Clemson Extension Horticulture and Natural Resource Agent George Dickert.

Dickert is referring to stink bugs, ants, ticks, mosquitoes and kudzu bugs. He has already begun fielding calls from homeowners asking, ‘what's this?'

"Everything is coming back out again," said Cathy Bonner of Spartanburg.

Like it or not, the weather can have an irritating side effect.

Insects are starting to crawl out of their homes and move in with you.

"We have already had several termite swarms show up which is a little early," says Tom Hardin, owner of Hardin Services Pest Control.

Hardin doesn't mind the sight of pests. He says spring and summer of last year were two of the busiest seasons ever, thanks to the mild winter temperatures.

And experts predict we'll once again have some unwanted guests showing up.

Most insect populations will remain steady, according to Dickert.

Although kudzu bugs is one group of species that continues to grow.

Dickert says kudzu bugs typically like to congregate on light-colored surfaces. They'll eventually move along once the kudzu weed starts to bloom in about three-to-four weeks.

If you haven't seen any bugs, consider yourself lucky but not safe.

Experts recommend you start preparing now for what might come your way later.

"Preventative always goes a long way. It takes less time and less chemicals," Hardin said.

While no one can predict Mother Nature, homeowners can control how bugs impact their surroundings.

Dickert says if you don't know what kind of pest you're dealing with, you can bring a sample to your local Clemson Extension office. Agents can also give you some DIY tips on how to deal with certain bugs.

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