Rainy Summer In The Triad Has Prolonged The Bug Season

11:05 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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Triad, NC - All that rain we've had hasn't just ruined some of our outdoor plans this summer, it's actually prolonged our bug season.

It's so bad, the Guilford County Health Department sent out a reminder on Friday on how to keep the bugs away.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford talked to Scott McNeely, the president of McNeely Pest Control about the rain connection to the bugs.

Turns out, the ants got flooded from all the rain we had so they moved to higher ground. Higher ground can mean places like your front porch or kitchen.

"Ants really like just the ideal environment. They don't want it too wet or too dry, too hot or too cold. So if they're down in the mulch and it gets wet and floods, boom, up they'll come and often times, they'll come up in the structures," said McNeely.

McNeely gave some advice for homeowners:

- Check that shrubbery isn't touching the side of your house. Ants will use that as a bridge to get inside.
- Don't have mulch right up around your house. Ants love to live there and they'll head inside when it gets wet.
- Check around the house for things like decayed wood, cracks, openings around doors and windows. Those are all ways ants get inside.

Another result of the rain are mosquitoes. Just a bucket of water can be a breeding ground for thousands of mosquitoes.

McNeely said, "If you've got gutters that are clogged up, you're holding water, stagnant water, you got a bird feeder, empty those bird feeders, walk around the house, walk around the yard, talk to your neighbors."

The Guilford County Health Department offered prevention tips:

- Repair leaking outside faucets to prevent standing water
- Make sure windows, doors, and screens close tightly
- Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants when possible
- Use insect repellent

It's not all bad. The rain has provided some good news when it comes to bugs. Turns out, there are fewer stinging insects out there. The rain has flooded most of their colonies.

WFMY News 2, Guilford County Department of Health, McNeely Pest Control

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