Tuesday evening customers pulling up to a Fort Worth Wendy’s drive-thru looking for a late night snack were greeted by signs that read “closed due to maintenance.”
They are tiny black insects and they have taken over parts of Tarrant County. The swarm, called Hackberry Nipple Gall Maker insects, is covering windows, cars and have even made their way inside homes.
For years, North Texas parents have put their children to bed saying “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” But that phrase, meant as a joke, has become a strange reality for many across the region.
They are swarming around porch lights, splattering on windshields and crawling out of the ground. An exceptionally warm winter, combined with heavy spring rains, is fueling spring insect populations in North Texas much earlier than pest control experts expected.
The extreme heat in North Texas has resulted in one good side effect — there are fewer fire ants.
A conference going on in North Texas right now is dealing with what some call an epidemic, bed bugs.