ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – If you’ve felt like there are more bugs out this summer, you’re not alone. KRQE News 13 spoke with one pest control company who says they’ve been getting more calls than usual this year.
“Let’s see what you got nearby.”
Entomologist Alan Feuer walks around the news station to see what bugs he can find.
“Every year we get a lot of the emerging pests in the summer after the rains,” said Feuer.
This year, Feuer and the pest company he works for are seeing more than usual.
“I think that the build-up of last year’s moisture and this year’s moisture certainly makes them, it’s higher than it would normally be,” explained Feuer.
Specifically, Feuer says they’re seeing 50 to 100-percent more shoreline ground beetles.
It didn’t take long to find where these shoreline beetles were hiding out.
“The larva come out of the ground and we get all of the adults moving towards the lights,” Feuer said.
Feuer says the shoreline beetles come out at night and are attracted to bright lights. During the day, he says they find places to hide.
“These don’t have any desire to infest a home at all, they’re just getting drawn into the lights,” said Feuer.
Another insect Feuer’s seeing more of this year, ants.
“The ants will build in the moist, organic material,” Feuer said.
That means areas with a lot of mulch and flowering plants.
“The ants are very healthy and productive and happy right now and there’s a lot of activity going on with them,” said Feuer.
The roaches are, too.
Feuer got out his tool belt to track down roaches in some of their favorite places, the sewer and valve boxes.
“This is what they love, something that’s cool and somewhat damp,” said Feuer.
So, how do you keep them away from your home?
“What we want to do is not give them places to hide in your yard and breed,” Feuer said. “In your yard, don’t leave things laying on the ground, pick up any organic debris and watch the moisture as it comes off the roof of your home. Make sure it flows away and dries up and you don’t have any standing water.”
If you’re noticing more wasps, Feuer says it might have to do with a water source. He says if you have no real water and put in a swimming pool or water feature, you’ll likely be visited by wasps. Feuer says the wasps are just coming in and grabbing a little bead of water to help them pulpate wood, which they use to make their little paper wasp nests.
Feuer says another way to keep bugs out of your yard is to keep out weeds.
“When you have a lot of weeds, you’re gonna have a lot of other things that can hide around it. When we cut down weeds and we have just the dead weed growth, we have places for pests to hide, as well,” explained Feuer.
That means getting rid of debris as soon as you cut your weeds.
While you may not be able to rid your property of all pests, Feuer says anything you can do to make them uncomfortable will help.