Recent Rain & Flooding Leads to Boom in Insect Population


While the rain may have been good for your garden, exterminators say it's turned your backyard into a breeding ground for pests.

Roanoke has received record rainfall this summer and its taking its toll on outdoor fun in more ways than one.

The extra rain is bringing out some of natures biggest nuisances.

Arles Saunders, who works at Orkin, has 13 years of experience getting rid of pesky bugs. He says this summer has been busier than normal.

"Summer time is always really busy with us, but with the addition of the heavy rains we have received recently, we are being pressured by even more pests," Saunders said.

He says the rain has brought out ear wigs, ants, and oriental roaches from under their normal resting places: mulch beds.

"The heavy rains have brought them out and they're invading our structures," Saunders said.

But one of the peskiest of them all is making the best of the rain.

"With the heavy rains we have now increased the breeding population of mosquitos," Saunders said. "We have areas with soggy lawns, standing water that we haven't seen for a long time."

Gutters are one of the main problem areas that homeowners can't forget about. Saunders says that debris gets caught in the top of your gutter and traps standing water. This creates the perfect home for those pests.

He says some of the hot spots in yards are bird baths that aren't changed regularly and children's toys that are left in the yard.

Saunders says it only takes a collection of water the size of a thimble for a mosquito to breed in.

It only takes 14 days for a mosquito to reach adulthood. With all of the flooding we have been seeing in our area lately, Saunders says the mosquito population is getting ready to boom.

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