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CHANDLER, Ariz. -

A Phoenix woman has moved out of her house, saying she can't take living with thousands of unwanted house guests – bugs. And these bugs are taking up residence in many neighborhoods around the valley.

These bugs are called seed bugs. They usually pop up this time of year when the temperatures start to rise. But a valley exterminator we talked to says these bugs are popping up right now in a big way.

"There was a ton of them."

Kimberly Feng came back to her phoenix home last week to find her house infested with tiny bugs. Thousands of them -- everywhere.

"To me they look like a cross between a beetle and a fly," she says. "We have kind of ivory walls but they looked like they were black."

The bugs even made their way into her bed. Look closely -- all those tiny dots are bugs. At first she thought they were bed bugs.

"That's when I decided I'm not staying here and went and moved in with a friend in Chandler."

Turns out these tiny bugs aren't bed bugs and aren't harmful to humans -- but Feng didn't care, she wanted out. They're actually false chinch bugs, more commonly known as seed bugs.

"We probably get about five calls a day just on this insect," says Sage Garvey of Burns Pest Elimination.

Sage Garvey says they've been busy. These bugs feed off dying or decaying weeds -- and because of a wet winter and quick warm up this spring, these bugs are prolific right now.

"Those weeds are starting to die, this insect actually consumes and works down the root base of that when the roots start to die," says Garvey. "It can be mind-blowing to some people."

As for Feng -- she's staying out of the house until exterminators wipe out her unwanted house guests.

"It feels weird and it feels like I'm being overpowered by bugs that's all," says Feng.

The pest eliminator says the best way to get rid of the bugs -- clear any dead weeds from around your house. He says the areas seeing the highest number of these bugs right now are the Goodyear and Avondale areas.


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