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Drought conditions could mean insect increase

WILMINGTON -- The current drought conditions could mean an increase of insects, like ants, inside your home. Stan Hollingsworth from Bug-n-a-Rug Exterminators says although ants are a problem every year around this time, the dry weather could be sending the pests inside looking for water. A tip: keep the foundation around your house clear by cutting back trees and bushes. Besides moisture, Hollingsworth says ants like to come inside for food and a controlled habitat. "They're going after food sources, moisture, a good habitat, a controlled habitat. You know, it's a constant temperature in somebody's house. Good food source and it's a perfect environment for an ant colony." Hollingsworth also says our region is seeing a high number of palmetto bugs inside homes, most likely for the same reasons as ants.

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