Early bug season due to warm winter

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 19, 2016) - The warm temperatures in central Indiana mean more bugs are popping up around the house. Experts say it is important to act now in order to prevent a prolonged problem.

The National Pest Management Association released its annual "bug barometer," indicating the wet, warm winter is leading to early pest activity. The main concerns in the Midwest are ants and ticks. The group also said there is a premature mosquito population in the region.

There is renewed interest in repelling mosquitoes this year due to the Zika virus.

"The homeowner remedies for mosquitoes are only so-so," said Pat Sullivan, from Sullivan Hardware and Garden. " We have cans of raid, you can spray insecticide in foliage areas but you can get your yard sprayed professionally now for just like 600 dollars a year. They’ll come out every two weeks. We’ve actually been doing it in our own garden center."

Sullivan suggests treating both the inside and outside of your home for ants.

"Do a barrier treatment on the outside of your house like go out 2 to 3 foot from the foundation, 3 to 4 foot up on the foundation that will put a little barrier treatment on the outside," Sullivan said. " Then, you can still treat inside, under the kitchen counter, anywhere where there’s moisture."

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