An insect infestation of plague proportions has Tamworth's pest control experts on high alert.
In recent weeks, residents have clamoured for exterminators due to an influx of pests such as cockroaches, ants and termites.
Crews have been experiencing a "higher than average demand" for pest control services, due to ideal breeding conditions for insects.
Statewide Pest Control's Shaun Clarke said his company "had been pretty busy" in recent weeks responding to residential call outs.
"There's not really been any part of Tamworth that has copped it worse than another - it's been pretty widespread," Mr Clarke told the Leader.
"The dry weather is bringing them all out, they're looking for moisture and food in people's houses."
Mr Clarke said his team would treat each infestation on "a case by case basis", with some of the worst cases requiring repeat visits.
"Normally, we would start by seeing where the main problem is and have a good look around," he said.
"If it's really bad we will empty all of the cupboards and treat everything we can.
"From there, we will set up a barrier and try to stop them from coming in.
"Bad infestations can look quite unsightly and some people have a phobia of them as well, so they are a nuisance."
Tips to combat infestation include storing away food and keeping surfaces clean.
"We usually see the worst infestations in old, run-down houses where the insects get in via cracks and stay there," Mr Clarke said.
"I reckon as it gets hotter, the bugs are only going to get worse, so people need to be prepared."
University of Central Queensland professor Simon Robson said the country's warm temperatures were a major contributor to the increased number of insects.
"Insects are very influenced by the seasons, especially cockroaches and ants," Professor Robson said.
"During the warmer months, insects will mate and seek out warm moist places to live. That is the main reason they will come indoors, along with being attracted to light."
Professor Robson said wire screens were a key deterrent for insects.
"For those looking to keep bugs out, I suggest wire screens, fixing leaky taps and not leaving food out," he said.
"Aside from fumigation, there isn't anything that can stop these insects entirely, but those measures can limit their impact around the house."