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Northwoods exterminator offer tips for a pest-free homeSubmitted: 05/03/2016
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - With spring finally here, you'll probably start noticing more pests around the house.

That's why you'll want to start pest-proofing before temps get even warmer.

Pest control professionals get a lot of calls about Asian Lady Beetles this time of year.

The bugs don't do damage, but can be annoying.

You might think they're back for the season, but they've probably been in your house since fall.

"Usually, you find them in clumps in corners and stuff like that, and they're attracted to light and heat," said Plunkett's Pest Control Technician Dick Jaskowiak. "As soon as the heat and light start coming up, they come out of hibernation and they want to fly around."

If you spray for pests around your house, you probably won't need to do the inside.

Experts start with vents, around windows, and underneath decks.

You can do it yourself, but you should know about the chemicals you're using.

"Wear gloves, always wear a hat, always wear long sleeves, and eye protection always," Jaskowiak said. "I mean safety is your number one item. Always read the label."

So far, ants haven't been too big of a problem this year.

That's because we haven't had much wet and warm weather yet.


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Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi

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