More Bugs Than Last Year

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

It's a problem that's really bugging a lot of homeowners these days.

It seems like bugs are hitting the Heartland and much earlier than usual.

Shellie Matt says she's battles bugs while she's working in the yard.

“My husband and I have noticed that there's more mosquitoes at the house there's more moths getting kicked up when you’re mowing,” says Matt.

“It just makes me think it's going to be a long summer with the bugs.”

Sarah Helvey says they're getting more difficult to keep outside the house.

“The kids have definitely noticed they don't care for them. We have lots of bugs flying around the house.”

Kathleen Cue works for the Douglas-Sarpy County extension office and says it's true. There are more bugs so far this year.

She says they're receiving more calls about bugs much earlier because of the mild winter and April 14th storm which brought more to the Heartland.

“It's a very unusual year. Some of the things that we don't see well into June we're seeing them into late April and May already,” says Cue.

Cue says there are things you can do to avoid the bugs that bother us most, the mosquitoes, moths, and ticks.

She says it's a good idea to dump the water out of your bird bath or catch dishes under your plants every two days to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs in the stagnant water.

It's also best to keep your grass mowed and bushes trimmed so that mosquitoes don't have a place to rest. And apply bug spray when your outdoors.

The Extension office says it's also important to clear out any plugged gutters at your house so that mosquitoes won't be attracted to the water.

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