Bugs crawling back out as temperatures rise


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As the temperature begins to rise in Southern New England, bugs are crawling back out to enjoy the warmer weather.

Spring has barely been seen in Rhode Island so far, despite being in mid-April. Officials said the delay of spring has also delayed the “bug rush” that occurs once warmer weather returns.

As the temperature begins to increase in Southern New England, the amount of insects will also be on the rise.

“Over the last week, with all the rain and everything, even though it has been cool, insects are starting to emerge,” Vice President of Big Blue Bug Solutions Tony DeJesus said.

DeJesus, said they’ve seen an uptick in calls for service over the last week, as more and more insects are making an appearance. 

“There’s not a whole lot of activity as of yet from things coming in from the outside, but the ones that have over-wintered in,” he said. 

DeJesus said the ones to watch out for in the spring are carpenter ants and termites.

“Carpenter ants are the ones you really have to worry about because they can do structural damage to your home. This is a solid piece of wood, you can see they went right through it and right down the side,” DeJesus said.

DeJesus recommends everyone checks their home for any winter storm damage, making sure branches are cut back since they can provide a bridge for bugs.

He also said to make sure gutters are clean and working, as moistened wood can be easier for insects to damage.

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