Pests thrive in unseasonable weather

Jun 3, 2011, 11:39 AM by User Not Found

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Prolonged mild weather in the Central Valley this year has affected activity in both indoor and outdoor pest populations, according to local experts.

"Truly the erratic weather — warm days and cool nights — has really placed pressure on insects and their activity has not been normal," said Daniel DeSilva, a plant and soil sciences instructor at College of the Sequoias.

For example, there's usually a lot more house flies buzzing around by now, but the cool weather has discouraged the insect's normal cycles.

Once it heats up, expect plenty of flies to be about as the insects hatch and enjoy the abundant food that will be available to them, DeSilva said.

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