TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Experts say mild weather in Kansas allowed marginal ant and termite colonies to survive the winter. But persistent rainfall into the summer is helping them survive and invade homes in bigger numbers than in the past.
Exterminators in Topeka say reports of ant infestations are up 15 percent while termite complaints have risen almost 50 percent from previous years. They say people should wash ant trails with warm, soapy water, seal any cracks around doors and windows and keep food put away.
Keeping clutter away from the house is important in keeping termites out.
University of Kansas entomologist Zachary Falin says bugs will continue to be a problem as long as the weather remains wet and temperatures stay moderate.
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