With the early onset of hot, dry weather – insects are flourishing! After spending the winter in dark, covered places, bugs are emerging en masse.
UNBC entomologist Lisa Poirier says most are harmless, but there is one to watch out for. Ticks are tiny, 8-legged bugs that like to attach to animals. They can grow to a massive size by sucking blood. They have been linked to Lyme disease. Poirier says it’s important to remove a tick as soon as possible. Use tweezers to pull it straight out. She recommends keeping it in a jar, so it can be tested if you develop symptoms.
There have also been sightings of weevils in Prince George. According to Poirier, they often burrow underground, and are just now emerging. They’re members of the beetle family, identifiable by their long snouts. Weevils are sometimes problematic in agriculture and forestry, but do not bother animals. Poirier says if you’re willing to open your mind, the insect kingdom offers a whole new world to discover. She says in fact, most animals are insects, and most insects are beetles!