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Bugs Chewing Up Yards And People

July 10, 2012, 4:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Bugs Chewing Up Yards And People

Whether they bite you or chew up your yard, it appears to be a bad year for bugs in KELOLAND.

If you've spent much time outside, you've likely noticed the bugs buzzing around.  And the bug problem doesn't appear to be letting up.

"We've heard quite a little bit about it all summer long.  The heat last week drives the thing to another level and that's what we're seeing moving into the first of this week now," Rick Swanson of Ace Hardware said. 

Depending on what's bothersome, Swanson says there are many products on the shelves that can help fight back. He says it’s hard to know exactly why the bugs are thriving, but the mild winter and recent dry spell are two strong theories.

Another problem that may be less noticeable but can be very damaging is the insects and pests in your grass.  For that, Swanson says you may need to thoroughly inspect your yard and then find the proper product to treat whatever is eating it up.

"And you need to get on those problems at once, because in this heat those insects are destroying a lot of turf in a given day," Swanson said.

Whether it is treating for bugs in the ground or in the air, Swanson adds to always read and follow the labels to make sure your work is safe and to keep inspecting yards, because more problems could be ahead.

"We're already planning for next year.  But we know what's going to occur.  We never go too high or too low so we're working the average.  Then we can fill in to fill the needs," Swanson said.

While other insects are thriving, the lack of rain has helped keep mosquito numbers in check. 

However, several various lawn diseases have been found in the Sioux Falls area, which is an added attack on your grass in addition to insects and the heat.

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