KFOX14 Cares: After the Storm
- Bugs invade the borderland
- Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance
- Berino left with massive cleanup after floodwaters tear through
- Bulldogs rally to help family who lost home to mud
- Socorro prioritizing cleanup of flood damage, sinkholes
- Socorro City Council approves disaster declaration following flood
- Gov. set to visit La Union to assess flood damage
- Recent rains leave prime mosquito breeding grounds around Borderland
- E. coli and viruses in floodwater
- Floodwater spreading disease to pets
- Water safe to drink in La Union
- El Paso Water Utilities say stormwater projects performed well during storms
- La Union residents frustrated as no improvements planned for nearby dam
- El Paso Water Utilities working on I-10, central El Paso flooding issues
- Poverty, lack of infrastructure adds to severity of San Eli floods
- Floods topple grave sites at San Elizario cemetery
- Dona Ana County commissioners agree they need state help
- Flood victims get help from a group of teens
- La Union residents, officials discuss flood damage recovery
- San Portales museum suffers damage after flooding
- Historic landmarks damaged from storms
- San Elizario families in need of help after floods
- Dam near La Union breaks, causes major road damage and disrupts water service
- Flood cleanup a slow process in San Elizario
- Socorro continues flood cleanup, hopes to prevent future damage
- Floods force San Eli families from homes
- Northeast flooding leads to road closures, stranded motorists
- West El Paso sees flooding on residential roads, residents concerned about drain maintenance
- La Union residents without water as officials fix water system
- San Elizario residents deal with damage from massive flooding
- Massive Socorro sinkholes destroy back yard, threaten homes
- Socorro flooding leaves Coker Road residents with cleanup
- Socorro mayor says they need National Guard help
- San Elizario cancels after school-activities
- Sinkhole growing larger in Socorro
- Socorro residents trapped in homes after arroyo breaks
- Arroyo breaks causing major flooding in Socorro
- Borderland braces for another round of heavy rain
- Vado residents suffer severe flooding for third time in several weeks
- Heavy rain leaves big mess central El Paso resident
- More work to be done on stormwater system after I-10 floods Wednesday morning
- Rain causes ceiling collapses in area shelter, apartment complex
- Crews repair water dam leak in central
- Rain causes overflow of Stormwater Pond in central El Paso
- Sinkhole closes Luna Street in Central El Paso
Bugs invade the borderland
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:56 AM MDT
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- Bugs seem to be out in full force in the borderland, and one local expert says the recent rains are to blame.
Cole Stetson described it best.
"They were black and kind of look like they had horns. I've noticed that all of them aren't really alive that much, they're just all smushed," said Stetson.
Lately, it seems like no matter where you turn, you see them.
"This time of year with all the rains that have been coming, the plants are growing. And plants are a food source for most of the bugs we have around here," said Rick Lobello, education curator for the El Paso Zoo.
Lobello said many animals even time their breeding to go along with the rainy season.
"So you would expect, the bugs would know, this would be a great time to reproduce, so the bugs are hatching from eggs and reproducing like crazy and that's why we're seeing so many bugs," Lobello said.
But many said they feel this year, it's worse than ever.
Everything from grasshoppers to stink bugs cover El Paso streets, sidewalks and even make their way inside sometimes.
Jennifer Rosales, a parent, said those bugs don't bother her -- she has another concern.
"It's just the mosquitoes. Especially with the West Nile and everything. I've got four kids and I have to make sure I keep them safe," Rosales said.
Arianne Marcee agreed.
"The mosquitoes are huge and out of control. The Off! (insect repellant) spray doesn't even work -- my daughter came home with about 30 bites," Marcee said.
But Stetson, isn't a fan of any creepy crawler and hopes they aren't here to stay.
Lobello said rains also make their way into desert holes which drives out critters like grasshoppers.