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High demand for pest control after warm winter

A warm winter and spring plus April showers means an early mosquito season. Some local pest control companies already have long waiting lists for lawn treatment. (CBS Austin)

A warm winter and spring plus April showers means an early mosquito season. Some local pest control companies already have long waiting lists for lawn treatment.

"Mosquitoes are far and away the world's deadliest animal," says Josh Lien with Mosquito Joe pest control.

He says his crew is able to treat lawns quickly, but CBS Austin found some companies are scheduling as far out as May. Lien says he started getting calls as early as March this year.

"There's two key ingredients that mosquitoes like. That's warm weather and water to breed in, and we're seeing a lot of that around Austin right now," Lien said.

He says without a hard freeze this past winter, he and his crew have their work cut out for them.

On Wednesday, they treated Stephanie Carter's yard in Northwest Austin.

"A very good friend of mine's father died from West Nile virus, and so it's like then you start freaking out about mosquitoes," Carter says.

Carter says the lawn service was necessary, because her daughter is a mosquito magnet.

"If she's outside, they find her, and after my friend's father, it just made sense," Carter says.

The warm, wet weather also brought out the fleas, and that's no good for Stephanie's dog Thor.

"Because it was warm so early, it seems like the fleas, they just never took a break," says Carter.

Even groomers are seeing more cases.

"Especially this season, like right now, springtime, summer, fall, even the winter time," says Stephanie Laio, Clean Puppy Pet Grooming owner.

Dr. Wendy Walden with Lakeline Animal Hospital recommends talking to a vet about treatment options, rather than buying something over the counter.

"Unfortunately, a lot of those, we're finding the fleas are resistant to those products," said Dr. Walden.

She also suggests regular vacuuming and lawn treatment.

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