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Ants, Critters Invade Earlier With Warm Winter

Last updated on Friday, February 24, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Hoosiers may be basking in the warm winter weather, but unseasonable temperatures can have critter consequences.

From skunks to moles, some pesky vermin are coming out of hibernation early to take advantage of the rising mercury.

Best Wildlife Removal said it's removed four skunks in the past week, and have seen chipmunks, moles even bats becoming more active because of the warm weather. Nature is waking up.

Ants are also making a premature appearance, prompting early exterminations. Some pest control experts say they are up 15 percent from this time last year on ant calls. Nature is waking up. That early wake up is costing some homeowners. A typical skunk removal costs $165. Ant treatments run between $125 and $150.

According to the National Weather Service, December was the 18th-warmest on record, while January was the 27th-warmest.

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