Insects Swarm as Temperatures Rise

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Record-warm temperatures are causing headaches for homeowners across the country forced to call pest control.

The United States just finished the fourth warmest winter on record.

Now, top scientists warn that this year's unusually hot spring will not only bring more blossoms, but also breed swarms of insects.

"We're at least three or four weeks early in increased insect activity," pest control specialist Scott McNeely told the Winston-Salem Journal.

While ants are a problem for residents in North Carolina, bees have become a nuisance for residents in California and Nevada. There've even been reports of bees trapping people in their homes and cars.

Meanwhile, Texas has seen a rise in ticks. The bugs are also becoming a growing problem for pets in North Carolina.

Brad Craig, a veterinarian at Mount Tabor Animal Hospital said he's seen an upswing of animals infected with Lyme disease.

A dry winter and spring rains are responsible for the increase in insect activity.

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