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When Flies Bite, Rain Is Coming Soon? Frank Fowler Responds

VERIFY: Yes, When Flies Bite, Rain Is Coming Soon

You ask; we VERIFY. If you heard your grandma say, “The flies are biting, so rain is coming,” there might be some truth to the tale.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A streak of 90-degree days leaves the Triad thirsty for rain. Could flies carry magic rain-predicting powers we’ve been discarding as annoying?


Carol from Greensboro was volunteering with the Good Morning Show team at a local playground build, when she observed the flies were biting her skin.

My grandfather always said when flies bite, it’s going to rain somewhere. Will you VERIFY?” she asked VERIFY journalist Meghann Mollerus.



Frank Fowler, a biologist with McNeely Pest Control, said he always heard what Carol heard — biting flies mean pending rain. He had thought it was an old wives tale, until he started studying insects.

He explained many animals can detect changes in weather before they occur and respond by taking shelter. The lower barometric pressure preceding a storm can cause animals to want to feed. Thus, flies sometimes bite humans to get blood.

Older generations tended to spend more time outside than working adults today, so they knew when the flies started biting, rain was probably on the way.


When flies start biting, they’re trying to tell you something. Check your WFMY News 2 weather app — rain is likely on the way.

View the WFMY report

Ideal mosquito conditions caused by recent rains in our area.

WXII Interview On Recent Weather and Mosquitoes

Experts say the recent downpours across our area have created ideal conditions for mosquitoes to be plentiful in numbers this summer. Now, those experts are passing along tips you should follow to protect you and your pets over the next few months.

Experts say the recent downpours across our area have created ideal conditions for mosquitoes to be plentiful in numbers this summer. Now, those experts are passing along tips you should follow to protect you and your pets over the next few months.

Mosquitoes will be out from now until October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms there have been no reports of mosquitoes transmitting the Zika virus in 2019 or 2018. However, mosquitoes can still transmit a variety of diseases to both humans and pets.

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McNeely Pest Control Opens New Troutman Office

McNeely Pest Control is pleased to announce the location of their new Troutman office, located at 500 South Main Street, Troutman, NC.

Scott McNeely, President of McNeely Pest Control stated, “the new Troutman office will give McNeely Pest Control the opportunity to increase staff, provide additional office space and parking area. With this office location, we will be able to better meet the increasing needs of our Statesville, Mooresville, Iredell
county customers.” Zack Benge is the Manager of the Troutman office.

McNeely Pest Control is a locally owned and operated pest and wildlife management firm that strives to provide environmentally responsible pest management. Locally owned and operated since 1999, McNeely
offers many years of experience of providing superior pest and wildlife remediation services for clients in a wide variety of both commercial and residential settings. McNeely’s highly trained employees are supported daily by a staff entomologist, biologist, and wildlife biologist.

McNeely Pest Control also specializes in both commercial and residential wildlife remediation with a team of North Carolina and Virginia certified Animal Damage Control agents on staff to solve any nuisance
wildlife concerns.

Specialties of McNeely Pest Control are residential and commercial pest management including ants, carpenter ants and fire ants; crickets, spiders, cockroaches, silverfish, bed bugs, wasp nests and all forms of stinging insects; mice and rats; termites, and wood destroying insect inspections for real estate
transactions; wood boring beetles; TAP attic insulation, closed crawl space installation, dehumidifier installation, roof ridge pest guards, mosquito, flea and tick control and wildlife remediation.

Keep Your Eyes Out For Ticks! ‘Tis the season for your least favorite, blood-sucking arachnid. We’re talking about all things ticks!

GREENSBORO, N.C. — No doubt, you’ve noticed an explosion of bugs outside.

Experts say all this hot weather is driving them out of their homes in search of a better place to live that includes ticks (which are actually arachnids, not insects)!

McNeely Pest Control says you’ll need to keep an eye out for them. If you’re unsure if it’s a tick, or something else look out for the number of legs. Ticks have eight legs. Yes, eight legs!

“Ticks will climb out on the edge of limb and do what they call questing,” said Frank Fowler, the Vice President of McNeely, and head biologist there, “They’ll reach out and if an animal or a person comes by they’ll snag your clothes and hitch a ride. They’re there to suck your blood and they will transmit disease.”

There are several things you can do to keep ticks away: wear good insect repellent; try and wear long sleeves, especially if you go walking or hiking in the woods; and do a thorough check over when you get home.

If you notice a tick bite, keep an eye on it and see a doctor if it worsens.

Proper Tick Removal Video From CDC

Proper Tick Removal

Planning a picnic this Memorial Day weekend? Ticks might show up to your picnic as well! If you find a tick attached to your skin, know how to remove it safely.

Posted by CDC on Monday, May 20, 2019

WFMY News 2 Reaches Out To Frank Fowler For Verification

Is This  A Kissing Bug And Why You Should Be Worried

WFMY News 2 reaches out to Frank Fowler to verify if this actually a kissing bug.

Why You (And Your Neighbor) Should Keep Your Grass Cut Short

Frank Fowler, Vice President of McNeely Pest Control, says that tall grass can attract pests, ranging from nasty bugs to rodents.

Tall grass is not only a eye-sore, it can turn into a nuisance for the whole neighborhood.

Frank Fowler, Vice President of McNeely Pest Control, says that tall grass can attract pests, ranging from nasty bugs to rodents.

“If you’ve got a large amount of rodents that can hide in tall grass, you’re going to have snakes come because that’s where the food is,” he explains.


And know that one unkempt yard can create issues for the whole neighborhood.

“Many, many times critter problems will start in those areas and then go to an area where the homeowner will notice it.”

But fortunately, there’s an easy way to fix this.

Just cut your grass!

And that goes for your neighbor, too.

Fortunately, there’s a fix to all of this.  Just cut your grass! And if your neighbor isn’t doing their part, many municipalities have ways you can report them.

For example, the City of Greensboro takes complaints by mail, email or phone call.  Then, an inspector will check to see if there’s a violation, and if he or she finds one, they can issue a notice and the property owner has 10 days to clean it up.  If it’s not cleaned up, the City might take care of it for them and charge the property owner.

The height limit in Greensboro and High Point is 12 inches, or 1 foot.  In Winston-Salem, you could be violating a code if your grass goes above 8 inches.

McNeely Pest Acquires Burke Exterminating Company of Morganton

McNeely Pest Control is pleased to announce the acquisition of Burke Exterminating Company of Morganton.

Scott McNeely, President of McNeely Pest Control stated, “this is a very positive acquisition and allows McNeely Pest Control to better cover the existing service areas between Morganton, Boone, Statesville and Asheville offices in western North Carolina.”

Shown in photograph are Jeff Stogner, Jr., Jeff Stogner Sr., Scott McNeely, Tyler Pruitt

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018

McNeely Pest is pleased to be the recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2018!

2018 Angies List Super Service Award winner for Pest Control 2018

McNeely Pest Control Donates 377 Pounds Of Food To Crisis Control Ministry

McNeely Pest Control staff is very proud and thankful to be able to contribute 377 pounds of food to Crisis Control Ministry, Inc.  It’s great to be a part of the community and help others.

McNeely Pest Control Hires Technical Director/Entomologist

McNeely Pest Control is pleased to announce that Angela Sierras has joined the McNeely Pest Control
team in the position of Technical Director/Entomologist.

Angela recently received her PhD in Entomology from North Carolina State University. Her undergraduate
degree in Zoology was completed in 2011 at North Carolina State University also.


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