The mosquitoes, cicadas and katydids of summer may be gone, but here come the fall bugs, eyeing your home for a warm place to spend the cool days and raise a family.
A local entomologist explains why this has been “a very good year for bugs in general, and fireflies in particular.”
The tiny flies have the annoying habit of swarming around your face and landing on the corners of your eyes. You can try shooing them away, but they are persistent pests and their populations are thick this time of year in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Mosquitoes have multiplied up to three times their normal early summer numbers in many Maryland areas as storms and flooding have provided plenty of water for breeding.
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More spiders may creep into your home during fall. “The Bug Guy” Mike Raupp has tips on what to do with them and which ones are harmful.
Local governments are fighting back against a tsunami of emerald ash borer, a pest that chews its way into a tree and feeds on what’s underneath the bark. Prevention techniques include chemicals and, more recently, parasitic wasps.
Homeowners in the D.C. area are noticing a spike in stink bugs popping up in their homes. Here’s how to deal with the uninvited guests and how to prevent more from coming in.
The change of season means male crickets are on the hunt for a mate — and that search could wind up inside your house. Check out these tips from “The Bug Guy” Mike Raupp for keeping the crickets out.
The praying mantis is considered a beneficial bug in that it eats annoying insects such as stink bugs — but they also can consume backyard birds.
A thriving tick population means a greater chance for exposure to the insects and the Lyme disease they carry in the D.C. region. A University of Maryland entomologist has tips on how to protect your yard and your family.
Bedbugs have been around for years but experts believe their populations are now growing and the bloodsuckers are more resilient than ever.
Don’t be alarmed by big bugs and exoskeleton shells attached to items around your house — cicadas emerging in the D.C. area won’t hurt you.
Several factors — including a hotter spring — are likely to limit the numbers of stink bugs around the D.C. area, according to one expert.
“Just like us, the bugs are simply loving this warm weather,” said Mike Raupp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland.
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