Little black bugs invade eastern New Mexico

CARLSBAD N.M. (KRQE) – Residents in eastern New Mexico are dealing with a nasty bug infestation.

Attorney General officials say they’ve been bombarded with phone calls from people wondering what  the creatures are and when they’ll leave.

They’re everywhere. These little critters, called false chinch bugs, have invaded Lupe Chavez’s home.

“Me and my grandkids were running around and there was jillions,” he said.

Chaves isn’t the only one. Other residents in Carlsbad say the bugs have invaded their homes as well.

So, why are they here? As the mustard weeds die, the bugs come out looking for food.

“The false chinch bugs will be looking for something else to eat, so they are invading people’s homes, yards gardens,” said Woods Houghton, Eddy County extension agriculture agent.

The bugs are harmless to people but they do have the potential to harm plants like alfalfa and trees. They’ve even attacked the states most popular crops.

“I’ve even looked a chile crop yesterday that probably lost one third of its crop because of it,” said Houghton.

Most agree, once they get into your home they can be very annoying.

So how do you get rid of them? It’s as easy as vacuuming them up, just make sure you dump it out correctly. You can also spray for them but even so you will still probably have the bugs for a while.

“The best an insecticide can do is about 90 percent control, so to kill of 90 percent of a billion, that still leaves you a lot of bugs,” said Houghton.

The Eddy County extension service says the bugs will probably stick around for the next two to three weeks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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