Spring rains bring increased fly activity to West Texas

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 5:11 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - There’s a lot more green than usual in the Permian Basin these days.

There are also a lot more bugs.

That’s good for us. Not so much for everybody else,” said Xenow Witten, a certified applicator at Boydstun Pet Control.

Witten would know. He’s worked at Boydstun for nearly 20 years, and he has some tips for people to keep those bugs out of your home.

“If it’s really hot and your house is cooled, they’ll come to the cool air just like that,” Witten said.

House flies especially. The annoying insects seem to want to be everywhere. But there’s a reason flies are swarming.

“The insects have certainly benefitted from the rain,” said Michael Nickell, the Museum Scientist and Naturalist at Sibley Nature Center. “The more rains we have, the higher the growth of the plants, which means more food for insects, which means more food for predatory insects as well.”

Predatory, meaning mosquitos, which have been everywhere this spring. That’s partly because of the rain and partly because people aren’t aware of just how little standing water the bloodsuckers need.

“Those insects can breed in a tablespoon of water,” Witten said. “So, there are probably quite a few places where people don’t even realize they have that much water sitting in.”

So, when it comes to the rain, take the good with the bad, and be sure to clean your birdbath and shut the screen door.

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