Beyond broken air conditioners or dealing with the decision of turning
on your air in March, there are few complaints about the mild winter
that has rolled into a summerlike spring.
But there is one problem bugging most people. And that is the early
arrival of bugs.
Specifically, mosquitoes, spiders and ticks, among other pests, are
having a field day. Their early presence truly is March madness.
But Jeff Burbrink, extension educator-agriculture at the Purdue
University Extension Service in Goshen, has some good news for you. As
far as the insects go, and even the ticks, it may not be a big summer
"Really, there's no way to tell," Burbrink said, until the entire summer's over.
Yes, it's unusual to see them in the quantities they are being seen in
March, he said. "This March the weather compares to what we probably
would have in late April.
"But the bugs are all thinking it's late April, too."
But nature may take of the problem.
"There tends to be a balance of nature," he said. "There could be bugs
that are diminished because we've had the weather we've had."