Record rain leads to business boom for pest control companies

In the last few weeks, the Grand Strand and Pee Dee have received a record amount of rain. Because of that, you've probably noticed more multi-legged friends in your homes. Yes, we're talking about bugs.

After days and days on end of rain, business is booming for Joe Davis with AAA Pest Control.

"More grossed out than anything, 'get this bug out of my house, I don't like bugs get them out of here so get here when you can' nobody is really upset. Most people are understanding. They know that nature is nature and weather is weather," explained Davis.

He's seen a 20% increase in calls.

"The problem we have with rain since it saturates the ground, a lot of these bugs that live in the ground like ear wigs and centipedes, millipedes things like that stay in the soil are forced out because they can't live in the soil cause it's soaked in water," added Davis.

The calls he gets aren't just limited to ants, mosquitoes and roaches, "we're starting to get see a lot of calls about wildlife like snakes and things like that coming out of the woods because their habitat is flooded," said Davis.

To keep your bug problem at bay, there are some simple things you can do. Davis recommends you don't leave toys or tarps leaning on your house, keep your grass trimmed, and don't use indoor lightbulbs on the outside because bugs are attracted to the blue light in them.

"If you look at your front door or your back door during the day time and you see daylight around the edges or the bottom that's an open door for bugs. It doesn't have to be very big. But if you can see daylight a trip to Lowe's or Home Depot or whatever your favorite home store is, replacing a four dollar home seal can make all the difference in the world if you're seeing a lot of bugs or no bugs," Davis added.

Davis also suggests avoiding using pine straw around your homes because bugs love it.