Pesky biting bugs active on the South Plains

Watching out for summer bugs

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You've probably been bitten by one, even if you can barely see them.

As this hot weather sticks around, more and more of these bugs will be popping up across the South Plains. Thrips, no-see-ums, and mosquitoes are bugs no one is happy to see because of the mean bite that come with them.

"Good news is they don't transmit any diseases that we know of at this point so you should be safe," President of Gafford Pest Control Services, Inc. Tim Gafford said.

But these pests do bite and we are on their hit list.

"They're in nature and because of the rain, it will cause them to start coming out and breeding," Gafford said. "They're hitting animals and humans if they're out."

These insects can be found near water, but can also wander in your backyard.

"A lot of them are inactive, but once you get some rain they'll start up," he said. "They're all out on these playa lakes and once it starts heating up, they will start reproducing."

Bug spray should always be your first choice to battle these bugs, but if that's not enough, try wearing clothes that don't leave much skin exposed. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and hats can all protect you from the wrath of a biting bug.

As for keeping these pests out of your back yard, make sure all your windows are shut and screens are sealed.

While these bugs are here for the summer, they won't be here forever.

"This is a real occasional pest around here. It's not one we get all the time, but with the rain we got those and mosquitoes," Garfford said.

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