LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - As we welcome spring, many homeowners are also welcoming pests.
Ants, mosquitoes, termites and even bed bugs begin to show up as the temperatures increase.
"A lot of insects are dormant this time of the year, but as it gets warmer, they start emerging," said J&J Exterminating Branch Manager Robert Soileau.
This time of the year is a busy one for those in the exterminating business.
"We are getting a lot of calls on a variety of things right now," Soileau said. "We are even getting calls on fleas which are normally more into the summer months."
The combination of heat and moisture in Southwest Louisiana causes pests to become more active.
Soileau said homeowners can take action against the unwelcome guests.
"You want to make sure and keep a neat yard," he said. "Bushes and weeds give harvest to insects and even rodents. You also want to make sure all of your weather stripping and entry points are tight and sealed."
He adds that standing water can attract mosquitoes. He recommends pouring out any containers that collect water.
Soileau said summer is a time when his business sees an increase in bed bugs.
"People are taking vacations and doing a lot of traveling, and they pick up bed bugs while staying in hotels or condos," he said.
He said you should always examine the sheets and edges of beds before unpacking. Bed bugs will hide in your luggage and infest your home.
Soileau recommends asking a professional to stop by your home and make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed.