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Mild seasons allow pest problem to grow

LAWTON, Okla._They are uninvited guests who overstay their welcome, can be gross, and some can even bite you.

They are the roaches, spiders, scorpions, and other pests that can infest your home. Pest control officials said they have seen a rise in calls for service and that weather has had a lot to do with the recent influx of insects.

The randomness in the Oklahoma weather doesn't help the bug situation. The warmer winter weather didn't kill them and the mild summer is helping to keep them alive.

"When it does that, they don't die off, they just slow their movement. The ones that don't die off continue to breed, continue to grow," said Charles Moore, pest control expert.

And those bugs can get just about anywhere; they can be very determined.

"Just like a scorpion. They can compress down to 1/10 of an inch. They will flatten out, they will breathe out and crawl under things,” explained Moore.

There are several ways to protect yourself and your home. Many people purchase store bought chemicals to help rid their home of bugs. However, Moore says that may not work.

"With most products you buy in the store, they have what's called 'knockdown,' they don't have residual. The knockdown means if you spray them and they are alive, it will take care of them, but once that product dries up, they are just going to keep coming around," explained Moore.

Pest control officials explained that keeping your home clean, having proper weather proofing, and keeping your grass short will help keep those bugs away.

 

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