Bugs

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, July 13 2012 at 3:01 PM, Updated: Fri, July 13 2012 at 3:51 PM

If you've got a bug problem in your home from the recent warm weather, you're not alone...

Geoff Saunders of Diamond Home Improvement says he's seeing a lot of customers with pest control problems.  "Absolutely.  Yellow jackets are coming out, people are looking at mosquitoes, and ants - those are the three big ones."

If natural remedies fail, there are plenty of pesticides available to combat the problem.  But Saunders notes that they're only safe and effective when the directions are followed...

"Anytime you're dealing with any type of chemicals, I'd always recommend wearing safety goggles.  Don't let your kids do it - be conscious of your pets."

If you're not comfortable applying chemicals, consider calling a professional. 

Mosquitoes have kept Mike Morstad of Klamath County Vector Control busy...

"It wasn't too bad in June, but it's picked up in July - and we're pretty busy right now."

Morstad notes that stagnant water in bird baths, old tires, pools, and buckets are a breeding ground for mosquitoes...

"Anywhere standing water is, if they can empty that out, that would prevent breeding."

Morstad adds that mosquitoes still pose a threat for West Nile Virus.

"We haven't seen it for a couple years around here, but I heard that over in Ontario, Oregon they've got some cases going on now."

Morstad says mosquitoes are heaviest this year in the Keno and Round Lake areas.

Pest control technician Johnny Miles of 'Bill's Bug-E Business' reports that bug activity picked up noticeably about two weeks ago when warmer weather hit.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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