It’s a plague of the sap suckers

THEY have descended in plague numbers from Texas to Toowoomba, but a local entomologist said the flying bugs would not harm property or people's gardens.

The insect expert, who did not wish to be named, said they were common garden bugs.

"They feed on hibiscus plants and cotton," he said.

"In winter most garden plants shut down.

"The bugs are sap suckers so when there is not much food supply they are chased into hiding or hibernation.

"They hunt out a warm place. They will try to live there all winter."

The entomologist said the insects were quite common around the area, but increased after a good season.

"They will not hurt anyone," he said. "They only have a nuisance value."

And some are finding them to be a greater nuisance then others.

Tannymorel resident Jeanette Braithwaite said the insects had covered the eastern side of her home.

"I had seen them before, but never in these numbers," she said.

However, Mrs Braithwaite said not every home in Tannymorel had been affected.

"I have spoken to a few others and they haven't had a problem," she said.

On Facebook several Deuchar residents reported having hundreds of the bugs in their homes.

Texas resident Ron White, reported thousands both inside and outside the house.

Kath Robertson, who lives on Freestone Rd, reported large numbers as well.

"We identified them when they appeared about two weeks before Easter and nobody we rang, including the museum, had any information on how to get rid of them," she said on the Daily News Facebook page.

"My husband also goes around the house when it is cooling down, about 5pm, with a vacuum cleaner and sucks up those around."

If the bugs have invaded your home email erin.smith@warwickdailynews.com.au so we can update our map.



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