Record heat brings out the bugs

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 22:20:21-04

San Diego County's record heat is bringing out the bugs.

Josh Bey is already on alert. He's trying to keep his North Park home from an infestation.

"In this house, we've had every kind of pest problem you can have," he said. "A few hot summers, maybe three to four years ago, we realized that this could become a problem, and we want to stay on top of it, so now we do."

Bey, who has two kids and two dogs, said he is already cleaning up crumbs and doesn't keep dog food on the floor. He also grows fruit outside, and he said that also can attract rodents.

"Once you're up into the 90s or triple digits, then you know you need to be on the lookout for any kind of pests," he said.

Bill Henselmeyer, vice president of Harbor Pest Control, said his office is getting more heat-related calls. Many of them are for the resilient pharaoh ant.

"This ant is really hard to control just because if you were to spray for this ant instead of bait, they'll explode in 10, 20, 30 colonies," he said.

Henselmeyer said insects breed and develop faster during high heat.

Bey said he knows pests will still try to get in.

"They're a little bit like us," he said. "They'll want to come inside when there's air conditioning to cool off. I don't know if that's necessarily the case, but they definitely want water."