ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The early arrival of warm weather means more bugs, according to a researcher at the University of Missouri.

Wayne Bailey says there have already been more ticks, mosquitos and other pests than normal because plants are starting to grow earlier in the warm weather. The bug bites and allergens are starting about two to three weeks ahead of schedule this year. Bailey says there is one weather factor that’s helping to lessen the amount of mosquito bites people are getting.

“Most insects don’t like to fly in heavy winds, so we’d probably have even more complaints if we had a nice calm evening,” Bailey said.

A Spring freeze is still possible, and that would kill a lot of bugs. But if there isn’t a freeze, Bailey says prevention is the best way to handle pests. wearing hats outside will prevent tick bites, and bug repellant will take care of most mosquitoes. Bailey said if someone does get bit by a tick, to remove it as soon as possible and watch for any reaction.

This will have an effect on agriculture too. Farmers are starting to see weeds popping up ahead of schedule, and will likely have to treat with pesticides earlier this year.

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