Palo Verde beetles return with the humidity

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One of our biggest, and some would say creepiest, desert critters is back with the monsoon. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) One of our biggest, and some would say creepiest, desert critters is back with the monsoon. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Palo Verde Beetle is several inches long, can fly and is the source of a lot of terrified shrieks. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Palo Verde Beetle is several inches long, can fly and is the source of a lot of terrified shrieks. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
“I would leave them alone, but most people won't. They want it taken care of. They feel it's a threat," said Johnny Ayon with Beebe’s Pest Control. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) “I would leave them alone, but most people won't. They want it taken care of. They feel it's a threat," said Johnny Ayon with Beebe’s Pest Control. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

One of our biggest, and some would say creepiest, desert critters is back with the monsoon.

The Palo Verde beetle is several inches long, can fly and is the source of a lot of terrified shrieks.

This is the time of year we start seeing them. 

Monsoon means mating season for the giant bug. The extra humidity draws the mature beetle out of the dirt where they've lived as larvae for up to three years, feeding on Palo Verde tree roots. 

“I would leave them alone, but most people won't. They want it taken care of. They feel it's a threat," said Johnny Ayon with Beebe’s Pest Control.

Experts say don't let them bug you. 

"They can bite you, but if left alone, they don't have any problem."

Little consolation for some.

"I think he's creepy," admits Ayon. 

The beetles won't be here long. Just a few weeks and they’ll die. But not before laying eggs back beneath a Palo Verde tree. 

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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Lauren Reimer

She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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