Nothing can ruin outdoor fun like bugs.
“What do I hate the most? Hornets, wasps? Cause I’m a big baby, I’m scared of them,” said Steve Lange, a Gilberts resident.
“The worst bugs would be the mosquitos,” said Naperville resident James Lin.
A mild winter made for a brief surge in bugs this spring but the lack of precipitation in recent months means fewer opportunities for bugs to populate.
“Recently I haven’t noticed many bugs but earlier in the spring I noticed more mosquitos but we also had mild weather at the time & a lot of rain,” said now I don’t really notice it now.
“We got the less snowfall going into the Spring,” said Mark Hendricks, owner of General Pest, a local extermination company. “The ground’s already drier and then we got beautiful weather so not much rain, ground’s still very, very hard. So I think that really impacted the bugs.
Hendricks said there may be more insects and bugs to come. “As the season goes on and the summer matures, you get significant more bee population. Other things up heat up too, like fleas & other problems.”
He warns homeowners against spraying pesticides to deal with the problem.
“When you take that aerosol can, you know how much of that is airborne? People do it around their pets, their kids, their pets and if you think that’s not going up your nose, you’re dreaming,” said Hendricks.
A healthier alternative is to be more proactive in prevention. Start by checking for and sealing cracks in your foundation where ants and other bugs can crawl their way into your home. You may also want to look for holes in screen doors and windows.
Experts also recommend trimming plants so they don’t lean against the house because they collect moisture that attracts bugs. Likewise, make sure the gutters are clear of debris and working properly.
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