Lots of rain means a boom in the bug population - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/8/10

Lots of rain means a boom in the bug population

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – With the recent flooding on the South Plains, pest control companies expect to keep busy with a boom in the bug population.

Insects love the water and humidity, which means there will be more ants, bees and mosquitoes. It only takes seven days for mosquitoes to breed in stagnant water, so make sure to clear out any standing water around your home. "Any type of standing water: bird baths, coke cans, planter cans, if the water stays stagnant in there then it's a perfect breeding site for mosquitoes," said Kyle Meers, Meers Pest Solutions manager.  

Ant populations will also increase while the flood water moved the ants around, forcing them above ground to rebuild their mounds.

While those ant swarms cover the ground, swarms of bees will be building in the air. "We're going to see bees; there will be a lot of bee activity. There normally is after a heavy rain," said Tim Gafford, Gafford Pest Control owner."They can be dangerous you have to be careful if you know there is a bee situation around your house you need to call a professional," he said.

There are some things you can do yourself to keep these bugs outside and away from your home. "Humidity gets down in that grass, especially when it grows tall and so the insects love that. So go ahead and weed eat your grass and weeds to get them down around your home and that's going to keep insects from moving up to your home," said Meers.

Also, make sure your doors stay closed as much as possible, and keep lighting down at night because insects are attracted to that light.

The city's Vector Control will be checking and treating the Playa Lakes continually for mosquito populations. If you have any problems with mosquitoes you can call the hotline at 775-3110.

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