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Let the Biting, Begin!

The warmer weather and recent rains are welcome sights in Texoma, but those factors are also creating the perfect conditions for bugs.
After last year's brutal heat wave in Texoma, some area residents took some time off.

The gnat and mosquito populations were far less last summer than previous years, but experts say that won't be the case in 2012

David Shoop, Jr. of Shoop's Texas Termite in Wichita Falls said, "at the end of the summer period, they really laid a lot of eggs. They over-wintered and now that we're getting a little bit of moisture, the eggs are just exploding."

Over the last week or so, you may have noticed plenty of gnats around your windows.

And over the last few days, the number of mosquitoes looking for an easy meal is also on the rise.

So how do you fight back?

One easy technique is keep your grass cut short.

Also, experts say make sure you don't have any standing water around your house, and try to level your yard as best you can.

"Foot steps where the ground has actually made an indentation," explained Shoop, "that's where they will lay their eggs and they wait for the rain."

If your yard has a fountain or pond, Shoop said a few drops of bleach will do wonders to keep your pest problem under control.

Whatever route you decide to take, experts said the sooner you start fighting back the better off you'll be.

Shoop also said gnats and mosquitoes won't be the only problem pests this year.

A bug called a "Red-Headed Ash Bug" is also primed to wreak havoc on local mesquite trees.
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