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Summer Heat is Bringing More Bugs Indoors

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Ants, spiders and box elder bugs oh my! It's summer time and the heat is bringing the bugs indoors and pest control businesses are very busy this season. We talked to one who says they're getting double the amount of calls for ants and overall business is up more than 20%.

We followed Jay Kornahrens with Sierra Pest Control. They're a local family owned company that's been providing help to thousands of customers for the past 26 years. This year they're seeing a record number of ants invading homes. “That could be thousands to tens of thousands. There could be quite a few ants in a colony,” said Jay Kornahrens.

This week they're tackling several homes with mostly ant, spider and box elder infestations. “We laid down a barrier of chemical that they'll get on their legs, they’ll take back to the nest and the whole colony should die,” said Jay.

In one of the homes the kitchen area was covered in ants from the floors to the counter tops. A dry winter and hot summer could be contributing to the insect influx. “The milder the winter definitely the more bugs come out in the summertime,” said Jay.

“This is one of the worst seasons I've seen,” said President of Sierra Pest Control Sherry Kornahrens. To combat the problem the company switched to Termidor, a stronger treatment to kill off the bugs. Sherry says they made the switch because over the years some ants become resistant to the chemicals they typically use. It's a costly change with Termidor costing eight times more than typical treatments. They start with tackling the ant problem first. “We will treat interior and we also use a bait for the interior of the house then we will use the Termidor exterior,” said Sherry.

They come back if there are more creepy crawlers. “If they want the spider treatment they'll go back and treat for spiders two weeks later,” said Sherry.

To avoid the problem completely experts say don’t leave food out and clean up after pet food. “Sometimes they're in search of water, sometimes they're in search of protein, sometimes they're in search of sugar,” said Sherry.

Pest control experts say it's also important to be aware of the types of bugs found in your home. They say the deadliest they've seen in this area is mostly black widows and if you see them, call an exterminator.   
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