Bugs

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Wildfires have already scorched more than one million acres across the Northwest this year. It may take years before the signs of the burns are no longer visible. But charred Northwest forests are already a-buzz with new life.

Burned forests are not quiet places.

“It’s very lively in the forest immediately after a fire," says Connie Mehmel. "Very lively. And a lot of that liveliness is insects.”

Feds Confirm Mysterious Idaho Bug Is New Pest In U.S.

Jul 19, 2012
Idaho Department of Agriculture

Federal agriculture officials say the Northwest has the first appearance in the country of an invasive insect known as the “elm seed bug.” The pest was discovered in southern Idaho in Ada and Canyon counties.

It doesn’t pose a threat to crops or livestock. But  it could prove to be a major nuisance for homeowners.

A few weeks ago, Ken Pollard started noticing small, brown, winged insects invading his home in Nampa, Idaho. “We were wondering if we had done something weird with our house that we were being picked on by nature,” he says.

Warm Winter Means Buggy Spring In Southern Idaho

Mar 29, 2012

Here come the bugs. It was a warm winter in the southern half of Idaho. That means insects are emerging earlier and will have longer breeding seasons.

Jonathan Ross is with Gemtek Pest Control in Boise. He says calls for service are up 40 percent this month over a year ago.

 “And if we look at the last 5 or 6 years it’s really higher than it’s been any of those years.” 

Ross says he’s already getting calls for ants in people’s homes. But he’s especially worried about a possible banner year for flying, stinging insects.