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Wet Weather Sparking Ant Invasion

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Ant around kitchen sink. (Photo: WBOC) Ant around kitchen sink. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - Pest control experts believe the seemingly endless wet weather we've experienced recently on Delmarva is leading to increased sightings of ants inside homes.

Ants have been popping up in kitchens and bathrooms around Delmarva increasing the frustration level of everyone who comes across them.

"We have had the house sprayed and we usually do it once a month or so for ticks or whatever," said Beverly Horner of Salisbury.  "But I was in the bathroom the other day and there were my ants."

Rick Rice of Rice's Pest Control said the ant invasion has meant a ton of busy days.

"Ants have been tremendous this spring.  It's our number one call right now.  We're getting any calls left and right," Rice said.

Whether the ants are on the kitchen counter or crawling up the bathroom walls, it seems like once the ants are in, they are there to stay.  Pest experts say like other intruders, ants are looking for food, water, and shelter.  The best piece of advice is to try and avoid leaving food out on the kitchen counter and call an expert if the pest problem persists.  

If you have noticed an increase in ants in your home over the past two weeks, you may not be alone.

"I believe the rain does play a big part in it because certain times of the year when it's very wet, it seems like we get more calls," Rice said.  "Other times when it's very dry, we get a lot of calls.  So if it's one extreme or another, it makes a difference."

If you have been ant-free so far this spring, consider yourself lucky.  But be sure to keep an extra eye out for any unwelcome insects.

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