High Waters, Cool Weather Brings Bug Problems


K2's Ophelia Young reports, oyoung@k2tv.com: 

The last two grasshopper years were bad, and environmental officials said this summer will be awful as well. 



But this late into the year now, many are wondering, "Where are they?" 

Well, the cooler weather has lead to grasshoppers emerging later.  County Officials say they just hatched in the last couple weeks, and we'll be seeing them quite soon.

The cooler weather, which has contributed to high water levels, has also caused a mosquito problem.  In fact 10 to 15 percent more mosquitoes than normal are swarming in the high river waters. 

And the news gets worse.  This mosquito season is expected to last as much as a month longer. 

So now, spraying for insects are creating problems inside hives.  The chemicals are threatening colonies of honey bees. 

The Natrona County Weed and Pest Control District is asking the public to stop using liquid spray insecticides, and to use solid bait instead.