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Warm winter increasing bug activity in Jacksonville

Pest experts say homeowners should act on problem areas now

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It's one of the consequences of an unseasonably warm winter this year. Experts say the warm weather is bringing more and more bugs into the area.

"We've already seen an increase in pest activity," said George Richardson with Peninsular Pest Control. "We actually had termites swarming last Friday in great numbers."

Richardson said the calls to his company have increased this year; he's already seen swarms of termites during a month when there should be very little activity. He said bugs like mole crickets and ants are also showing up more in the Jacksonville area.

"Many people think it kills the insects," said Richardson. "[Cold weather] doesn't kill, it just slows down reproductive cycle. Causes slower activity as we see temps increase we see pest activity increase."

Richardson recommends pest control for lawns and homes. If people already have problems, Richardson said they will probably get worse by spring.

"Anytime that you have pests, obviously you want to address the situation," said Richardson. "It can be a danger to kids in the yard, our recommendation is to have a professional inspect them and treat them as needed."