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June bugs are back


WAUSAU (WKOW) -- With the summer comes bug season.

The mosquitoes and ticks have returned and it's time to add the June bug.

Biologists say the bugs normally come out in the early summer to mate and lay eggs.

They normally hide in trees during the day, and they're active at night.

Biologists say last summer's drought caused these bugs to be more visible and active this year.

"If it had been wetter last summer there would be a lot more mortality from the bacteria and the fungi on those grubs in the soil and we wouldn't see the large number of adults that we're seeing this year," says biologist Paul Whitaker.

Experts say the June bug is not harmful to people or animals.

They expect the insects to stick around for another two weeks.

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