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Terminix poll determines five most irritating bugs

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(WMC-TV) - As people soak up the rays, more insects come out and enjoy the people.

Terminix conducted a study and found five of the most irritating bugs include: mosquitoes, ants, wasps, spiders, and bees.

Stoy Hedges with Terminix says mosquitoes are the number one peskiest insect for humans, earning 88 percent of the vote.

"This time of year it really heats up," he said. "Ants become active. Their colonies are getting large. We have wasps that are building nests."

Getting rid of standing water is a good way to get rid of mosquitoes.

"This time of year, mosquitoes with the West Nile have been in the news," added Stoy.

Ants came in at 67 percent. Wasps are disliked by 62 percent and 54 percent of people dislike spiders. Bees were disliked by 50 percent of voters.

To get rid of ants, remove dead wood and moisture. Wasps can be mean, so it is recommended that you call an exterminator if you have a wasp problem. And while most spiders are not harmful, you can remove clutter and seal cracks to keep them out of your house.

Hedges suggests using experts because they know what they are doing and it is all about "long term prevention". Pests companies also sell insect repellents and devices you can wear to get keep the insects away.

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