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Experts: Warm Weather After Tough Winter Has Brought Throng Of Ants

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PARAMUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The weather is warmer, and some tiny pests are popping up all over.

As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, ants are everywhere – in our yards and kitchens.

Linda Criscione of Paramus, New Jersey, has seen her driveway and yard overrun with pavement ants.

“They’re all over the place this year,” she said.

The ants are everywhere – and not just outside. Ants were also found in the kitchen right near Criscione’s dog’s dish.

“Very rare – we’ve never had this, ever,” she said.

Criscione said the swarm came with the warm. And pest control experts agreed.

“It’s extremely busy,” said Stuart Aust, owner of Bug Doctor Pest Control.

Aust thinks the ant population explosion could be a result of the longer, tougher winter. He said he is seeing a 50 percent increase in emergency calls on hot days during this breeding season for ants.

“We’re glad when the phones are ringing off the hook,” Aust said, “It’s like selling ice cream on the boardwalk in the summertime.”

The experts said to keep ants away, make sure mulch is not right up against the outside wall where it can get damp and attract the pests. Also, experts advised, clear any dead wood from the area.

Pest control experts also advise checking your home for any tiny openings.

“Try to prevent as much cracks and crevices as you can by sealing up around the foundation,” said Bug Doctor vice president Timothy Periard. “And the windows are a primary entry point, and make sure they are caulked up properly.”

Criscione decided with this many ants, she needs outside help to send the uninvited pests packing.

Another ant-proofing tip advised by experts is to make sure all food is stored in airtight containers. That includes pet food.

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