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Excess rain makes mountains out of ant hills

Posted July 16, 2013 11:15 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2013 11:21 p.m. EDT

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— Triangle exterminators are busy battling an ant invasion as excess rain in recent weeks is forcing ants from the ground and into people's homes.

As the earth has become saturated with rainfall, ants are moving their colonies to higher ground. As a result, homeowners are seeing more of the pests than normal.

Dan Wyand of Integrity Pest Services says his business has grown more than 60 percent because of the ant calls.

"If it rains, a whole lot of times there's not a whole lot you can do," Wyand said. "But there are things you can do to cut back on the odds of being inundated."

Cutting back bushes, shrubs and other vegetation that touch the home is one step to reduce ants.

Using bug spray to get rid of ants is a bad idea, Wyand said. Though it will kill the insects initially, other ants will just avoid that area and bud, or branch out, making the infestation more difficult to contain.