Spring insects are back in western Massachusetts

April is the time we start seeing more ticks, mosquitoes, ants, and termites

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COLRAIN, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s spring, which means warmer weather and also more bugs. April is the time we start seeing more ticks, mosquitoes, ants, and termites.

“We know it’s going to be a bad season with the ticks, we already know it, so we try to start early with our prevention,” said Madelynn Malloy of Greenfield.

Ticks can spread lime disease, while mosquitoes can carry the West Nile Virus. Termites and carpenter ants can weaken and damage your house, by chewing through walls and flooring, and even electrical wiring.

“With the warmer weather obviously the outside critters start to come in a little bit and it’s just part of the cycle of life,” said Whitney Robbins of Colrain.

At Pine Hill Orchards in Colrain, farmers are already starting to prepare for the bugs that they expect to move out from the woods and onto their fruit trees with these warmer temperatures.

“We don’t see a lot of ticks here, but we’re more concerned with caterpillars, plant bugs that can attack the fruit in the early season,” said David Shearer, Owner of Pine Hill Orchards.

Shearer told 22News they will spray pesticides on their fruit trees later this week, to protect their peaches and apples from bugs and disease.

To prevent a bug infestation in your home, think about sealing cracks and small openings, screening windows and doors, and keeping food containers sealed.