Good news less bugs, bad news no rain in sight - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Good news less bugs, bad news no rain in sight


If there is an upside to the heat, it's less bugs. Our record temperatures have made it almost impossible for some populations to grow.

Mosquitoes, in particular are thirsting for water and simply not hatching their eggs because of that. This is good news, especially when we're talking about a potentially deadly virus we usually see this time of the year - West Nile Virus.

Right about now we usually see those creepy, crawly critters. Tim Gafford with Gafford Pest Control says the lack of moisture has depleted some populations.

"We are seeing the lack of termite activity. They are there we're just not seeing them like we normally would, especially during the late April, May warming cycle," said Gafford.  

Gafford says they are not even seeing flies, which are usually swarming garbage cans in the summer, "and mosquitoes are going to be down because of the lack of rain," said Gafford.

The City of Lubbock Health Department says last year we had 13 cases of West Nile Virus in Lubbock County. This year it's a different story, because everything is simply dried up.

"We have not had any calls about people complaining about mosquitoes or reports," said Public Health Coordinator, Beckie Brawley.

Despite some bugs dropping in population, there are many more that are thriving off the drought. This is keeping pest control specialists in business.

"Scorpions, brown reclusive spider, more rodent activity than normal, bats and possums are coming into town," said Gafford.

Other animals are heading indoors trying to survive the triple digit weather.

"I've even got calls on rabbits. They are coming in, because they don't have things to eat on.  I am surprised I am not seeing more tick activity. Normally when it's hot and dry we see more ticks. I expect an upsurge of that before long," said Gafford.

The Health Department says in this hot weather people buy more portable swimming pools, which can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes. So they advise people whenever possible to drain them.

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