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Bugs causing problems for residents

Amarillo, TX - Exterminators say we're in store for a bug infestation in our area, which could pose a risk to our health.

There's a boost in the pest population of up to nearly twenty-five percent.

This weather is to blame.

One reason the bugs are forcing their way into our homes is because they are attracted to water.

So it's recommended to try limiting the number of times you water your lawn.

"Been mostly out here in the garage and as you can see there are a few dead one's," says Tammy Swartz, dealing with bug problems.  

Tammy Swartz says she's never had a bug problem like this.

"I think it's a lot earlier this year and I'm seeing a lot more of them this early. Again, I think that's partially do to the rain. It kind of started them up and got them moving around. So you see a lot more movement and more of them coming into the houses than we've seen in previous years," says Tammy Swartz, dealing with bug problems.

We're already seeing mosquitos, ticks, ants, cockroaches and termites.

The mild winter allowed these bugs to survive and they pose a risk.

"With roaches you can certainly have dysentery typhoid or gastroenteritis. We actually have a lot of adults and children who will suffer from asthma from the roach droppings and their shed skin. Then of course if you go into the ticks then you've got the possibility of Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever," says Brad Turner, Lady-Bug Services, Inc.

"The West Nile is of course a mosquito born disease. It came into the area in 2003, that's when we started having a number of cases. It affects horses and humans. People need to do their best to avoid getting ticks and getting them off of themselves as soon as possible," says Dr. James Alexander, Texas Department of State Health Services. 

There are preventative measures you can take.

"The best way to prevent it is to use insect repellent to keep the mosquitos off of a person and eliminate mosquito breeding sites by draining the areas. Dress appropriately with long sleeves and long pants," says Dr. James Alexander, Texas Department of State Health Services.

"Getting on to it as soon as you've seen any insects is much better than waiting until it's out of control," says Brad Turner, Lady-Bug Services, Inc.

Tammy Swartz says getting your home exterminated is worth it.

"You want to see the dead one's and make sure you've taken care of the problem," says Tammy Swartz, dealing with bug problems.

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