SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It shouldn't come as much surprise, but bugs like the warm weather just like we humans do.
It hasn't taken long for warm weather to bring concerns for pests in the home.
Right now, the main concern is for termites and carpenter ants which thrive on warmth and moisture in your home.
To avoid attracting pests like carpenter ants or termites, you want to make sure that the distance between the siding of your home and the ground is as much as possible by not stacking up wood or piling up mulch next to your home.
Both wood and mulch against the side of your home make it easier for ants and termites to get inside when conditions are right.
"The magic number is 45 degree overnight temperatures. When we have that going forward continuously ants are active, termites are active," said Bob Russell, an Entomologist for American Pest Solutions.
You can tell if you have a termite or ant problem by pin holes in wood, little tubes of mud or excess saw dust.
But it doesn't have to come to that.
It's easier to prevent a pest situation than to fix one that's already there.
An outside perimeter spray creates a barrier that insects don't want to cross.
Inside the home baits or sprays might be your best approach once you have a bug problem.
There are even organic sprays available.
"They're using organic products for that. In that case it's iron phosphate which is a naturally found chemical in the earth and anywhere, but it does affect the bug that it targets," said Bruce Drewniany from Rocky's Hardware in Agawam.
If you use some of the perimeter sprays, especially organic once, reapplication is key to success.