Summer Insects 101

Summer is an exciting time of year where we are greeted with warm weather, longer days, and more outdoor activity. Unfortunately, fair weather is also prime time for insects. As we venture outside to make the most of this time of year, many pests can make our backyards a nightmare. As we head into the season, here are the top 10 summer insects and what you can do about them.

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1. Ticks

These nasty, blood-sucking parasites can pop up anywhere. They are commonly found in areas with thick foliage, high grass, or even in grass clippings. You don’t have to go hiking in the deep woods to spot ticks. They can be found as close as your backyard. Ticks are tiny pests that latch on their hosts to feed. These tiny hitchhikers can simply climb onto people or pets. Not only can their bites leave painful swelling, but ticks also carry dangerous diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

The best way to deal with ticks is to keep your yard clear; ticks are drawn to overgrowth. If you are heading outdoors, wear repellent with DEET to keep these parasites off. It’s also a good idea to wear long sleeves and pants if you plan on going into the deep woods. Always check your body for ticks after hikes or outdoor activities. If you should find a tick on you, a loved one, or a pet, you should remove it immediately.

2. Japanese Beetles

This invasive species can have a devastating effect on your garden. These hard-shelled bugs destroy grass and many plants. They prefer to be in warm, sunny places, making summer an ideal time for them. While they don’t cause any physical harm, they can be destructive for your plants. You can get rid of these pests with regular lawn maintenance and by merely picking the insects off your plants.

3. Biting Flies

These nasty pests can not only be annoying, but they can also produce some unpleasant side effects. Flies can pierce the skin with their sharp mouthparts. These bites can cause swelling, itching, and sometimes, headaches. The problem with biting flies is that there are many different species. They love to hang out around water, as we all do on warm days. They prefer warm, sunny days, but they can also become a problem in the evening. A few simple ways to ward off these pests is to keep your yard clean, provide plenty of circulation, and light citronella torches.

4. Spiders

Many different spiders are out and about during the summer. While most are harmless, some can be very dangerous, like the brown recluse. Generally, they stay away from humans, and they are beneficial for killing pests. But they can be found in gardens and on lawns. Plus, if you are outside, you’re more likely to run into some – including the deadliest variety. The best way to avoid these insects is by keeping your yard clear and using caution when gardening.

5. Ants

Ants are very active during the summer. These insects can be troublesome based on their sheer numbers. Ants can form colonies in dirt mounds, dead or dying trees, and plenty of other areas, taking over your garden or yard. Additionally, they can find ways inside through little cracks and holes. They can become “ants at a picnic,” and sometimes that picnic is in your pantry. A simple way to stop an ant invasion is to spray them with soapy water. This will eventually kill them, and they can simply be vacuumed up.

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6. Mosquitos

These nasty biting insects are the deadliest pests. Not only do they leave itchy welts after they bite, but they also spread dangerous diseases like West Nile. Zika, dengue, and yellow fever, among others. Mosquitos can also spread heartworm to domesticated dogs. They breed in stagnant water, and their numbers can quickly become overwhelming. To keep your home mosquito free, take steps to stop your yard from becoming overgrown, and remove any standing water.

7. Bed Bugs

With Summer comes warm weather and that means vacation. Travel is a great way to escape everyday life, but it’s also an easy way to pick up bed bugs. Any season is ripe for bed bugs. If you find that you are out and exploring the world, there are more options for bed bugs to hitchhike. Be sure to check your hotel rooms, luggage, and clothes should you take a trip. Before returning home, if possible, run your clothes through the dryer on high heat to kill off any potential bed bug stowaways.

8. Ladybugs or Asian Lady Beetles

Ladybugs can actually be a helpful insect when they stick to your garden. They feast on all manner of garden pests. The real pest is the Asian Lady Beetle. This invasive species look very similar to the ladybug, but they can be much more of a nuisance should they find their way inside. Often, they are called “overwinter pests,” and they hatch during the warmer months, swarming inside your home. An easy way to get rid of these nasty-smelling imposters is by sucking them up with a vacuum and relocating them far from your home.

9. Centipedes and Millipedes

These creepy crawlers are known, biters. They both carry venom that can be toxic or harmful to anyone with venom sensitivities. Typically found in damp, cool areas, these insects won’t usually make themselves known to humans. They also tend to be more active at night. The best way to deal with these pests is by keeping your home dry. Run a dehumidifier in rooms with excessive moisture. Also, get rid of any potential hiding spots.

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10. Stinging Insects

Bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are all part of the stinging insect family. While these insects tend to leave humans alone, they build their nests out of sight – and they are territorial. Most stinging insects will get aggressive and will attack.

The first step to treating this issue is locating the nest. The problem that comes with removing them is knowing whether you’ve found a bee’s nest or some other nasty insects. Bees are essential pollinators and should be removed by a beekeeper. If you don’t have bees, you might have a more aggressive stinging insect. If you want to avoid being stung, this may be a job for a pest control expert.

Safe From Summer Pests

This summer, protect your yard and home. Take the proper steps to keep your yard clean and cared for to avoid any possible infestations. Be sure to protect your property by sealing any openings or cracks and ensure that unwanted invaders don’t ruin your summer. If you are having trouble dealing with nuisance insects, contact a pest control expert today.

 


 

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