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Are There Really More Bugs This Year?

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Annoying.

Bothersome.

No matter what words you use to describe these pests, we can agree they're probably not positive.

"It cramps a lot of the things that you go to do," says resident Nancy Carter. "This has been one of the worst years."

Is that just perception or reality? Debbie Main with the Iowa State Extension Office says as far as mosquitoes go, they peaked in July.

As far as overall mosquito numbers go, it's been normal. Main says the past two years we've experienced a drought. Bad for us - and the mosquitoes - who thrive on standing water.

As the storm clouds rolled back in this summer, so did the blood suckers.

"This year may seem abnormal, just because we did have the droughts previously," Main says

Those mosquitoes aren't the only ones making a comeback - Main says the climbing cutworm, slugs and.gnats have rebounded.

There is some good news on the creepy crawler front; the Japanese Beetle, known for its destruction of any green thing in its path - is in decline.

"Due to the extremely cold winter that we had, and the depth that the frost went into the ground, it may have killed up to two thirds of the population," Main says.

It means rose gardeners of the world can rejoice. As for everyone else - just hang on a little longer. Bug season is coming to a close soon.

So the final answer is no - overall, there aren't more bugs than usual - instead the numbers have just returned to normal.

You can keep the ones out there away by removing standing water, taking out your garbage and keeping your home clean, and sealing up cracks and openings around your windows.

 
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