Pest infestations beginning earlier this year

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Pest management companies said they are already starting to get calls, a few weeks earlier than they normally would.

Chase Hazelwood with Go Forth Pest Management said swarm season for them usually starts in mid-April, but the mild winter changed that.

"In North Carolina we have the advantage of having some warm weather, but the winter still typically knocks back our insect populations," Hazelwood said. "This winter just wasn't cold enough to reach down into the soil to make any kind of impact in their lives."

Cathy Propst noticed a swarm of pests at Guilford Medical Supply in Greensboro.

"There are wings on the walls. They're everywhere," Propst said.

However, she said she didn't know at first if the bugs were flying ants or termites. Both pests are out and about now, and the difference could mean hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

"If there are wings falling off the insects naturally, then you are probably looking at termites," Hazelwood said.

Another way to tell, Hazelwood said, is by looking at their bodies. Termites have a two-section body--a head and an abdomen--but an ant has a three-section body.

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