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Wet winters may lead to more bug problems in Middle Tennessee

Posted at 1:50 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 10:17:11-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The rainy winter Middle Tennessee is having could make your skin crawl this spring. Bug experts say the wet winter may cause more critters to come out starting as early as next month.

Employees at All-American Pest Control in Donelson are suggesting homeowners take preventative steps to make sure insects like carpenter ants, termites, mosquitoes and wasps don't enter your home.

"Three things that all pests need are food, water, and harborage," John Oakley said.

Oakley who has been with the company for more than 10 years said hiring a professional to inspect cracks around or under your home is a good preventative measure to keep bugs outside.

"We're looking for areas of standing water, we're looking in and around and under the home. We're looking for if your gutters are stopped up from leaf clutter from over the winter and we notice that or notice low-lying areas where water is standing around the home we're going to tell you about," he said.

This week Middle Tennessee is expected to see two to four inches of rain.

"So anytime there's excess water that just means there's more water for pests to find on your property whether it be in old tires that are maybe sitting around waiting to be disposed of or trash can lids that get flipped over in the storm and then fill up with water," he said.

Oakley said he's here to help homeowners, "even if they're not our customers we offer free home evaluations and so we're more than willing to go out there and look at a house and tell them what we can offer them and what they can do on their own."

Visit All-American Pest Control for more information.