Large swarms causing concern among residents
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CUDAHY – With the return of the sunshine and warmer weather comes the return of the bugs. But to Joanne Sorcinelli, it seems like they all came out of hiding in the last 24 hours.
"This was very unusual," she said. "I'm 74 years old, I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime."
"They've just been ready to pop," Batzner Pest Control Entomologist David Kusnierek says.
And pop they did, coating cars, buildings and leaving people wondering what is causing such a swarm to swat at.
Joanne describes the scene she saw Tuesday evening.
“To the right would be a swarm, I mean big, big, big swarm and then there were streams, streams up and down all the way as far as we could see," she explained.
The swarms started for a reason Kusnierek explains.
“With this onslaught of really extremely warm weather from winter to summer, they all hatched out, so you're seeing these swarms of midges and gnats," he said.
The seven plus inches of rain we’ve seen so far this month didn’t help.
"The rain has fueled everything, moisture, and heat and everything triggers the swarms," he added.
This has been leaving spiders full, and many of us, like Joanne, fed up.
"Very gross, I'm not a bug person," she said.
But entomologists say these swarms will be short lived.
"It's a short term nuisance, the weather's supposed to change tomorrow, the bugs are probably going to go away until it gets warm again, and then we'll have another hatch," Kusnierek explained.
He explained that we should be worried about the gnats and midges.
"If the weather stays the same and we don't have a long, dry period, I think the mosquitoes are going to be pretty bad," he said.
That isn’t the buzz the Joanne wants to hear. She explained, "That would be something if that would have been mosquitoes."