Bugs Run Rampant Due To Mild Winter


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A mild winter means less water for irrigation. But another side effect of a mild winter is making its presence known across the region in the form of pests and bugs running rampant.

In this week's segment of grow Southern Idaho, Joey Martin for Idaho's First News takes a look at the problem.

The Blue Grass Bill Bug, the Elm Seed Bug and the miller moth. Due to the mild winter we experienced, these insects are running a muck around Twin Falls and surrounding communities.

And for the time being, it is a nuisance you will just have to deal with. One pest that is doing significant damage is the Blue Grass Bill Bug.

"I've seen some devastating damage due to the Blue Grass Bill Bug," said Tony McCammon, University of Idaho Twin Falls Extension Office.

An indicator that your lawn is infested with Bill Bugs will be patchy yellow spots throughout your lawn. And as for getting rid of these pests, there is not much you can do at this time.

"Within the next couple of weeks they're going to be pupating so any chemicals that we put on at this point are pretty much useless," said McCammon.

Another insect that is causing damage is the Elm Seed Bug. And it is a new pest to the United States.

First being identified in the gem state just last year.

"These insects, they don't feed on plants, they don't feed on animals, and they don't feed on humans," said McCammon. "But man, when you talk about a nuisance pest, they rank really high up there."

Like the Bill Bug there is really nothing you can do at this point to get rid of them.

McCammon said the best thing to do is to simply take out the vacuum and suck them up.

And finally, the Miller Moth. And now it is their larva that is running wild.

"The miller moth... lost of moths. People were calling in daily; you know... what's up with all of the moths? And now they are all gone. Well... now they are all in a larva stage," said McCammon.

In the larva stage they are identified as the Cut Worm and the Army Worm. And their damage is clearly identifiable.

"Ive seen some trees defoliated, thieve just chewed through all of the leaves right off," said McCammon. "They'll feed on grass, they'll feed on vegetables... your tomatoes will just all of a sudden flop over because they've eaten around the base of your tomato plant."

Unlike the Bill Bug and Elm Seed, pesticides and chemicals will do the trick.