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Bug Outbreak Irks Sierra Nevada Towns

Matthew Hengst / AP

In this Aug. 14, 2015, photo provided by Matthew Hengst, bugs swarm at a gas station in the Sierra Nevada town of Lone Pine, Calif. The outbreak of Melacoryphus lateralis species of seed bug is the first of its kind in recent memory, scientists say.

Matthew Hengst / AP

(AP) - A small winged bug is drawing concern in some high-desert communities on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.

The insects are swarming around gas stations, homes and hotels.

The fingernail-sized insects are a major topic of conversation in towns like Lone Pine.

Experts say the unusual explosion of a species of seed bugs is the first of its kind in California in recent memory.

They say it might be related to the drying up of native vegetation in the summer heat and drought.

Gas station owner Soma Praba says spraying insecticide hasn't helped.

The only reprieve seems to be a windy day and the recent smoke from fires.

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In this Aug. 14, 2015 photo provided by Matthew Hengst, bugs swarm at a service station in the eastern Sierra Nevada town of Lone Pine, Calif. Scientists are calling the unusual explosion of this Melacoryphus lateralis species of seed bug the first outbreak of its kind in California’s recent memory. Matthew Hengst / AP