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

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.

 Copyright 2010 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

    To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

    Sunday, May 28 2017 12:27 PM EDT2017-05-28 16:27:34 GMT
    Sunday, May 28 2017 12:27 PM EDT2017-05-28 16:27:34 GMT

    While millions of Americans celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, some veterans and loved ones of fallen military members wish the holiday would command more respect.

    While millions of Americans celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, some veterans and loved ones of fallen military members wish the holiday would command more respect.

  • Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team

    Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team

    Sunday, May 28 2017 12:25 PM EDT2017-05-28 16:25:43 GMT
    Sunday, May 28 2017 12:25 PM EDT2017-05-28 16:25:43 GMT

    Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home and intensifying inquiries into allegations his campaign had contacts with Russian officials before he entered the White House.

    Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home and intensifying inquiries into allegations his campaign had contacts with Russian officials before he entered the White House.

  • Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

    Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

    Sunday, May 28 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-05-28 16:16:12 GMT
    Sunday, May 28 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-05-28 16:16:12 GMT

    A source at the Group of Seven summit says the seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

    A source at the Group of Seven summit says the seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

Powered by Frankly