PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Those plump, round insects seem to be everywhere these days. They’re called billbugs, beetles, and weevils. But don’t call them ticks, because they’re not.
“The deer tick is flat as a pancake, and its legs are all splayed out,” says Allegheny County Health Department entomologist Bill Todaro. “The stage of tick that’s out now is a speck. It’s the size of a period at the end of a printed sentence.”READ MORE: Car Crashes Into, Ignites Biomat USA Plasma Center On Western Avenue; Three Dead, Multiple Injured
The billbug’s larvae, or caterpillar stage is what turns certain grasses brown as they feed on the shafts.
“We just had a good year for them, it’s been a wet, a good spring, environmental conditions have been good for them, and we have a bumper crop,” Todaro explains.
But it’s the flying, crawling adults everyone notices.
The adults are gray to brown to almost black with pits on their backs. They become active in the spring when the temperatures go above 60.READ MORE: 10th Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Continues In Butler County
“They are attracted to surfaces, to car paint finishes, playgrounds and things, yellow colors, where they think they’re going to find a mate,” says Todaro.
They might be pesky pests as they crawl on your car, your swing set, or even you; but they are harmless.
“They don’t bite, they can’t sting,” Todaro says.
All insects have their life cycle, and in a couple of weeks, these will all be gone.MORE NEWS: In-Person Graduation Ceremonies For Pittsburgh Public Schools Taking Place At Petersen Events Center