Bugs are showing up because of recent rain
Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:01 pm
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Exterminators in Chattanooga report brisk business because of bug problems caused by all the recent rain.
Pests need three basic things to survive: food, water and a place to live, said Greg Baumann, vice president and senior scientist for the National Pest Management Association.
“Homeowners can check to make sure they don’t have any standing water on their property, make sure that their gutters are in working order; many people have rain barrels, they need to make sure they are not overflowing, allowing for mosquitoes to lay eggs,” he said.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the three pests he expects people to encounter more this spring are mosquitoes, ants and mice.
“Chances are, we are going to see more rodents because they are going to have more ground cover and be less subject to predators,” he said. The long, tall grass will also create a food source for them.
Ola Phipps, the owner of Lady Bug Extermination Co., said insects are already around, something unusual for this time of year.
She’s getting more calls than a year ago. She recently visited a longtime client, Jean Warren, to spray the inside and outside of her home.
“They usually come out late April, May, but right now it feels basically like summer and the hot weather draws them out of their nest,” she said.
So far this year she’s already seen American cockroaches — which are often found in sewers and basements — and carpenter ants, which mainly attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged by mold.
But a lot of bugs in the spring does not mean summer will be bad, Baumann said.
“We can have a population go up in the spring, but if we have a dry summer it’s probably going to turn out to be an average year,” he said.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
Published in The Messenger 4.13.10