Hot Temps Prompt Insect Invasion

6:10 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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Buffalo, NY -- The hot temperatures and higher levels of humidity are perfect conditions for many bugs.

There has been a recent increase in bugs locally, especially crane flies, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps and spiders. "The hot muggy weather is here, they start breeding a lot faster... populations are exploding right now... we cover all of western New York and Rochester," Marc Potzler, with Buffalo Exterminating, said.

Potzler explains the company has averaged about 1,800 calls per week so far in September, which is actually down a little from August. These two months are usually the busiest.

The increasing number of insects is also bringing out rodents and bats. "A lot of mice and rats, squirrels are looking for spots for winter, squirrels up in attics, we have skunks getting under sheds and decks," Potzler said.

As for insects the large population of crane flies should start dropping in a couple weeks when we head into fall.  However the "stink" bug population should peak the middle of this month.

Exterminators say once we get the first widespread frost, the number of insects will drastically decrease.

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