THE NEW BEETLE As carriers of malaria and the West Nile virus, mosquitoes get all the press. But experts are predicting the pests below will be out in record numbers this summer. Here's how much they will bug you--from 1, annoying, to 10, deadly.
Rose aphids WA, OR. Rating: 3 (unless you're a rose)
Ticks NY, PA, NJ, RI, MA, LA, GA, MS, SC, AK, AL, TN. Rating: 8. Two words: Lyme disease
Elm-leaf beetles IA, KS, OH, IL, MO, CA, NV. Rating: 5
Chinch bugs FL. Rating: 3, or 7 for the very lawn proud (chinch bugs are grass eaters)
Adult boxwood-leaf miners VA, DE, NC, MD. Rating: 3
Source: Bayer Advanced national survey of county extension agents