Creepy 'Jurassic Park' bugs invade San Antonio - but they don't bite!

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by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5

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Posted on March 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Big flying bugs have overtaken the San Antonio area. You can see them especially at night. 

"They're like 'Jurassic Park' mosquitoes," said one park visitor. "I'm creeped out by anything that flies."

Experts say there called crane flies, and they don’t bite or sting. They’re just attracted to light, and they're not a bad bug at all.  

"So, when you open your door at night, they'll probably get sucked into the house," says Bexar County entomologist Molly Keck.

Keck says these bugs are seasonal and should be gone in the next few weeks. 

She says with a mild winter and wet weather, bugs are coming out in greater numbers  - and earlier than usual. 

"They really indicate that spring is here. They’re kind of like our Texas groundhog," says Keck.

The annoying bugs to look for are the usual mosquitoes and roaches. 

 “They’re a problem  when it's dry cause they want to get in where it's moist. And they’re a problem when it’s wet because they’re drowning in the soil,” says Keck. 

Bexar County says they spray in park areas, especially with creeks and woods nearby.

 

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