What's up with global insect populations these days, Berkshire County? Many are on the decline. Trust me, I'm not a fan of creepy crawlies, but we need them for the benefit of Mother Earth.

Get our free mobile app

Still, other insect populations seem to be on the rise. And soon, according to entomology (that's the study of insects) experts, the Commonwealth could be overrun by a certain irritating pest.

Zachary Smith, better known to many as the Pest Dude, is a licensed pest control professional. Zachary says that there is a considerable risk that the insects that have been causing such turmoil in Paris, France recently could be a growing problem for the Bay State.

What pest am I talking about? The Bed Bug. Some people may laugh it off, foolishly thinking that bed bugs are no big deal. Granted, bed bugs do NOT transmit diseases but they are parasites.

The fact that bed bugs are parasites means that they live off of blood. YOUR blood. MY blood. EVERYONE'S blood. That can lead to definite discomfort courtesy of itchy bug bites and not getting a full night's rest.

For the most part, bed bugs tend to inhabit the domains where people sleep such as bedrooms, hotels, college dorms, etc. However, bed bugs can be ANYWHERE. That includes cars, planes, trains, and other modes of transportation.

Another irritating thing about bed bugs is that they can hang around forever. They can last quite a long time, sometimes months, between feedings. If you think you have a bed bug problem or you would like to know the warning signs, consult with a local pest professional.

For more, visit the Pest Dude's website here so you can be prepared.

KEEP READING: Here are the best places to retire in America

LOOK: Here are 25 ways you could start saving money today

These money-saving tips—from finding discounts to simple changes to your daily habits—can come in handy whether you have a specific savings goal, want to stash away cash for retirement, or just want to pinch pennies. It’s never too late to be more financially savvy. Read on to learn more about how you can start saving now. [From: 25 ways you could be saving money today]

Gallery Credit: Bethany Adams

See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State

Gallery Credit: Sarah Jones

LOOK: What major laws were passed the year you were born?

Data for this list was acquired from trusted online sources and news outlets. Read on to discover what major law was passed the year you were born and learn its name, the vote count (where relevant), and its impact and significance.

Gallery Credit: Katelyn Leboff

More From WSBS 860AM