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Expert: Unseasonably warm weather means bugs stick around longer

Expert: Unseasonably warm weather means bugs stick around longer

MADISON, Wis. - If you have noticed a lot of bugs outside, you're not alone -- bugs seem to be out in full force this year.

Despite the large numbers of bugs, Ryan Neerland, vice president of Kwik Kill pest control, said you shouldn't be alarmed.

"This is the busiest time of year because as the temperatures drop outside and you get some cooler temperatures followed by warmer sunny afternoons, all the insects are looking to find their way inside for the winter," Neerland said.

While you won't hear many people complaining about the unseasonably warm weather, the bugs are a different story.

"My kids can't play outside without getting eaten up even like 3:00 in the afternoon," mom Kim Lewis said. "We have definitely been wearing more bug spray but they still want to play outside. They come in and they suffer through their welts and their big bites and lots of calamine lotion."

The mild fall weather is an inviting place for insects such as mosquitoes, boxelder bugs and Asian Beetles, officials said. While it's perfect pumpkin patch weather, the warm temperatures and an increased amount of moisture in the air make it easier for bugs to stick around. It's an annoyance Schuster's farm avoided this year.

"On a bad year you can move the corn stalks and at the base they will be full of box elders, but I don't think I have seen a box elder at all this fall," pumpkin patch owner Don Schuster said.

While Schuster's avoided some bugs, wasps have created a new problem.

"They are more aggressive this year. If they land on you, they want to sting you. I've never had a problem with that before. We have probably had one or two kids a week get stung," he said.

According to Neerland, the cold weather usually solves the problem, but if you don't treat your house now, you could be welcoming uninvited guests for the winter.

"What they do is they get in the exterior walls and the attic and behind your siding and then they will pop out all winter long," Neerland said.

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