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Spring is bursting forth and if you brought last summer's plants indoors for the winter you may be getting some surprises. If you are noticing bugs or flies in your home and you haven't opened your windows then those bugs were doing their winter vacation inside your home.  Insects have been overwintering in the attic, between the walls and in the plants, once the temperatures become warm they plan their outdoor getaway.
Flies tend to be the insect that may be seen first because they will immediately fly toward a light source with repeated thumping and buzzing on a window, trying to get outside and as soon as the weather warms the gnat will be another insect that will be seen flying around a potted plant because all winter they have been multiplying in their warm moist environment.  The best solution of getting rid of them is to allow the soil to dry completely before the next watering and only water when needed.  There are other ways of insect infestation, fruit flies can be brought into the home from the grocery store.  If there is a large amount of fruit flies, the easiest way to capture them is to combine red wine vinegar and dish liquid into a small glass container, cover it with plastic wrap, secure with a rubber band and poke holes only large enough for the fruit fly to crawl through and they will be captured in the solution. 
Roaches is another insect that comes into the home and are contented never to leave even when the outdoor temperatures are optimum for their habitat.  Cockroaches have been around for 300 million years, the myth is if there were a nuclear attack, that roaches could not be killed but in actuality they can withstand 10 times more radiation than humans.   Roaches are excellent climbers but a better runner and can be seen scurrying when the lights are turned on and they will eat almost anything,  I don't want to be gross but feces is included in that category which in turns makes the roach a pathogen carrier.   It is easy to introduce a roach into your home by the use of paper bags because this is their favorable home and they like to live in the creases of the bag and will chew into the paper to lay their eggs.  Getting rid of a roach could be difficult because roaches can live for a month without food and up to two weeks without water. They can hold their breath up to 40 minutes, and live up to a week without their head.  Removing the source of food and water and sprays can eliminate the roach from the home.
Let's hope insects hatching has not been the highlight of spring and it hasn't been for Agnes Boone, she stated she saw her first hummingbird on April 18 which was a few days later than last year.  H.L Anderson from Greenville started his Arbor Day celebration by planting white pine and red bud trees and with the first sign of warm temperature and eagerness to enjoy being outdoors, many people could be seen working in their yards.  The volunteers and Career Aides at the Joe Ford Nature Center have been taking the opportunity of warms days by cleaning up winter debris and the grounds are looking lively with fresh mulch from the help of  the City Park workers, all this in time for Nature Camp to begin every Wednesday in June and July and one Thursday in place of July 4th.  Registering for Nature Camp can be done on the Joe Ford Nature Center webpage or by calling the director, class size is limited.  The trails at Joe Ford Nature Center are always open but be sure to visit us inside on Tuesday-Thursday 9a-4pm, Fridays 9a-12p and soon there will some Saturdays during the summer. .