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LIMA — There may soon be a reprieve from the rain that has flooded yards, rivers and kept people from mowing but another problem is about to rear its tiny head in a big way.

Bugs and insects are the next annoyance people will see thanks to the wet conditions that have created ideal conditions for breeding and survival.

“We look for insects in the next 30 days to be awful,” said Brian Beining, the owner of Buckeye Exterminating and Bravo Pest Control based in Ottoville.

Beining, who has been in the business 30 years, said this has been the wettest spring he remembers. All the rain will create ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes and drive ants into homes looking for high ground, he said.

He predicts a busy start to the summer. Beining also said the bug problem could extend into July if it doesn’t dry out.

OSU Extension Agent Curtis E. Young said mosquitoes will benefit the most from the rain. It takes a week to 10 days for mosquitoes to grow and develop in the water.

“Their breeding sites will increase because of the rain,” Young said.

The only benefit of a lot of rain at once is it could wash away standing water or interrupt it, affecting the developing mosquitoes, said Brian Keas, an associate professor of biology at Ohio Northern University.

“They need standing, stagnant water to breed,” Keas said.

Using bug spray with DEET not only can repel mosquitoes but ticks, as well, Keas said.

Another problem expected to show it’s ugly head before diving head first into a person or animal’s skin are ticks.

And speaking of ticks, the moisture coupled with cooler temperatures this spring have made ideal conditions for ticks to thrive, Young said.

Ticks like to hang out in long grass or on other forms of vegetation looking for an unsuspecting host to jump onto in hopes of getting a blood meal. Ticks usually are out in the morning when its cool and move closer to the ground as the day warms, Young said.

While not all ticks carry disease, some do and some of the diseases can be deadly if left untreated, he said.

People need to check themselves anytime they walk through tall grass or through vegetation, Young said.

Removing a tick is done with tweezers pinching as close to the skin as possible to try to grab a hold of the head. Squeezing the body could squeeze fluids from inside the tick into the person and lead to infection or the transfer of disease, Young said.

Old household remedies such as burning the tick with a cigarette or the use of chemicals are ill-advised, Young said.

“We don’t recommend any of those treatments because it will traumatize the tick and it can cause it to regurgitate into the wound,” he said.

Away from the home there’s other problems to worry about. Should farmers eventually get their crops in, bugs and insects are expected to serve as the next threat.

Slugs will search out seedlings and can harm them, Young said.

Rain and a lot of water can leave fields muddy, which could prevent farmers from getting out in their fields to check on the crops and look for developing insect infestations to catch them before the problem is out of control, Young said.

Dealing with ants often can be handled by the homeowner using ant bait, which Beining sells.

“If that doesn’t correct the problem they’ll probably need professional treatment,” he said.

Keas also has spotted more spiders, which many people don’t like.

“Spiders feed on flies and mosquitoes and other insects. With those populations increasing I’m sure their population will be numerous,” he said.

A lot of moisture also can lead to more weeds, which creates ideal living conditions for insects, Keas said.

“For most insects it will be a pretty good year because of all the moisture,” he said.

Ripple Effect: Continual rain brings bugs

Ripple Effect: Continual rain brings bugs

Ripple Effect: Continual rain brings bugs
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