Treasure Valley pest controllers spend summer spraying to combat rampant bug problem
One pest controller says this is the worst summer for bugs, spiders, and flies creeping into homes he's ever seen. Our Eric Fink reports on "The Summer of the Bug" Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Pest controller Kip Roberts and his hose sprayed more than 1,000 homes in the Treasure Valley this summer, attempting to kill a large number of critters sneaking into homes.
"It's just all-around been a really buggy year for us," Roberts said as he walks along the outside of a Nampa house, hose in hand. "We've seen a lot of things this summer we wouldn't see in a normal year."
Since June, Roberts, the head technician at Gemtek Pest Control, serviced more than triple the homes first projected at the start of the summer.
When Nampa homeowner Jennifer Fleming first spotted dozens of spiders and flies getting into her sink and kitchen cabinets, she rushed to the phone to call Kip.
"I panic," Fleming said, "I'm not fond of critters in home whether it be flies, spiders, I panic. Get rid of them quickly, fast."
Bugs and insects are crawling in and around valley homes at an alarming rate this summer due to the weather.
"It was the perfect storm," Roberts exclaimed. "We had a mild winter, and an early spring. This July was so warm it drove pest populations to heights we hadn't seen and activity levels we haven't seen in years."