How to deal with those pesky mosquito-like bugs that invade central Texas doors and windows


Hackberry psyllids make their appearance at this time of year and can be a nuisance to some central Texas residents.

AUSTIN, Texas – For central Texas residents who live near hackberry trees, this time of year can be annoying.

In the fall, tiny, mosquito-like insects – about 3/16 of an inch, according to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension program entomologist Wizzie Brown – emerge from the trees where the eggs are laid and develop.

When emerging from the leaves, the aphid-like beetles can be drawn to the screen doors, doors and windows of neighboring residents, causing nuisance. Because of their small size, many will fit through holes in window and door grilles or through cracks and crevices.

While many might mistake them for fruit flies or mosquitos, Brown said that when you close up they look like miniature cicadas that are speckled with brown, with adults having wings.

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“We have them around this time every year, so it’s not uncommon,” Brown said. “Weather can play a role by influencing populations emergence times – sooner or later depending on warmer or colder temperatures – and killing emergence if we get a good cold snap in the next few weeks, but it can also bring them into homes bad weather conditions. “

When dealing with hackberry psyllids, do not bite or sting them, making them a pesky pest.

Brown said if you stack them on the windowsills you can vacuum them up. You can also work on keeping them out by making sure your window grilles don’t have holes or other damaged areas for the psyllids to enter, sealing all cracks and crevices with sealant, and checking that door sweeps and weather guards are in good condition are.

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