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Weather swing affecting allergies and insects

Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 12:33:31-04

April has been anything but stable when it comes to the temperatures. It's been both cold and warm and this swing in degrees can impact allergies and insects. 

Nebraska Medicine Allergist Dr. Jill Poole said tree pollen is what to look out for since it begins in March. 

"We had these days where it's been spiking and the low and then spiking, and I think it has been confusing for allergy sufferers and people who may not even know they have allergies, do I have a cold, do I have allergies, it hasn't been as consistent as it had in last years," said Poole. 

In the past couple weeks, Poole said she's seen in influx of people coming in right now as their allergies take over, "Everybody has a different degree of how bad their allergies are, and allergies become more prominent in your 20s, 30s, so you're not out of the neck of the woods you can still be developing allergies up until your 70s even".

Poole said May through June is when you'll likely see grass pollen and Fall is when ragweed starts to affect people. She also recommends some over-the-counter medications such as nasal steroids and if that doesn't work out, you should see your doctor. 

As for bugs, this wacky weather doesn't mean they'll stay away. 

"unfortunately our insect friends are very adept at avoiding these kind of these kind of cold swings that happen in Spring," said University of Nebraska extension entomologist Jonathan Larsen. 

The invasive species, the Japanese Beetle, will still be in full force according to Larsen, "We are expecting this year to be bad for Japanese beetle you never know-it could be bad for them it could change the population a little bit but people should expect a lot of them."

The cold will not affect those pesky ticks either, "Ticks, they can survive this kind of weather just as much as other arthropods can so people are going to start seeing ticks here really soon."