Weather prolonging insects’ stay in western Mass.

Mosquitoes won't go away until first hard freeze

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - This summer has been the season of yellow jackets.

Warm, humid conditions and a late yellow jacket season last year have brought a big increase this year.

A return to warm, humid weather now will be bringing a rebound in mosquitoes this month after some cool nights in August brought the population down a little bit.

Mosquitoes won’t go away until our first hard freeze.

Flying ants are even making a return to western Massachusetts. They typically come in two swarms: spring and late summer.

“Male and a female will find each other in that nuptial flight, if you will, and then they’ll return to the soil, lose their wings, start a colony there,” said Bob Russell, an entomologist from American Pest Solutions.

Flying ants don’t bite, and once they mate they lose their ability to fly.

Russell also expects this fall to bring a big stink bug, cluster fly and rodent problem in western Massachusetts.

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