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Beetles Bugging many in Western Mass

SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — Recently, there’s been a lot of attention focused on mosquitoes, but they’re far from being the only bothersome insect here in Western Mass.

As we continue to bake under 90 degree days… it turns out it’s not just people seeking relief from the heat.

You may have noticed – so are the bugs.

“Right now we have 2 species of beetles that are in real high demand, if you will,” explained Bobby “Bugs” Russell, an entomologist at American pest Solutions. “Their populations have reached their peaks and the bigger one is the common ground beetle.”

And common is the right term. The long, black beetles are everywhere. Just lift up a rock. Or if you dare, look in your house.

They like AC just as much as we do,

“As things have dried out and it’s gotten so warm over the last week or two, they’re starting to be pressed indoors to survive,” said Russell.

And they’re not alone.

There’s another bug ‘booming’ – and this one can fly.

It’s the June bug

The good news is neither of these beetles sting. That said, when a June bug does land on you, you’ll feel it. Especially considering their legs end in tiny barbs.

“When it hits you as it’s flying it feels like something really hit you hard and then you feel the legs grab on to you and you feel as if you’re being bitten but they don’t have the mouth part to puncture skin,” said Russell.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t get under your skin.

And while the hot weather has driven them to drive you crazy… it’s also the beginning of their end.

The longer we maintain this heat – the quicker they’re numbers will dry up.

While neither beetle is particularly destructive… the grubs of the June beetle can damage your lawn.

One way to control their numbers and protect your grass is to use grub killer.

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