The World Around Us: Keeping the Bugs Out
"This has been such a dry hot summer that the bugs have just been terrible" says Elizabeth Cochran of Macon.
Elizabeth Cochran has had an ongoing battle with bugs since moving to Macon a year ago.
"It's a nuisance. It's been a nuisance especially with the wasps. Some afternoons I would kill as many as 30 wasps" says Elizabeth.
The extremes in our weather this year from record cold to record heat and from excessive rain to drought conditions have insects looking for more suitable living conditions where they can find food and lay their eggs.
Elizabeth has called on the professionals to help take care of this bug problem.
"We want to do a good inspection. Inform the homeowner about what we're going to do about it and just like Steve's doing over there, we're going to do a good inspection and find where those entry points are and how we're going to take care of it for them to get rid of their problem" says exterminator Ben Tallent.
It's important to find the source of the problem before improperly using any insecticide product which can be a waste of money and also be a health risk.
One way you can prevent infestation is to seal up any small cracks or holes around the exterior of your home which serves as an entrance for any pest.
Maintaining your property can also keep the bugs away.
"Anytime you have any shrubbery or anything touching the house that's just a way for them to get to the house and they find some way, somehow to get in" says Tallent
"You can see that her gutter is stopped up. It's actually got trees growing in the gutters and that can cause major problems" says exterminator Steve Tomlinson.
Many pest control companies can provide handyman services that can solve your pest problem without the need chemical applications.