Climate Change Affecting Increase Of Insects And Pests In Arizona

By  KJZZ News
August 25, 2014

Climate change is adversely affecting the outdoor experience in states like Arizona, according to a new report. The study from the National Wildlife Federation details the increase in stinging and biting insects.

Senior Wildlife Federation scientist Doug Inkley emphasizes that hunters and anglers have long known they had to cover up and watch for these insects, but he said the risks are increasing as seasons arrive earlier and later.

“I’m talking about deer ticks, I'm talking about poison ivy," Inkley said. "These species that are so bothersome to us are actually able to now proliferate because of the changing climate."

The report also notes garden and crop pests like stink bugs and other non-native species are also growing in numbers, destroying vegetables and other plants.