Experts Offer Insights About Why Fly, Wasp Populations Seem to Be Up in Idaho
August 30, 2021
This story written by John O’Connell appeared in the Idaho State Journal on Aug. 27.
The peskiest pests of summer seem to be out in full force lately. Wherever there's food, garbage or feces in the state, flies have been ubiquitous, ruining picnics and buzzing around peoples' ears and hair. Household pets have shared their outdoor water bowls with omnipresent colonies of wasps, and gardeners have had to exercise vigilance regarding the stinging insects lurking in the nozzles of hoses. Area retailers can't seem to keep fly swatters, fly strips, traps and other products for controlling fly and wasp populations in stock. Read more.
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