Most people look forward to summer and the opportunity to get outside, enjoy long warm evenings, and generally feel more positive about the world and life in general. However, the warmer weather also brings a variety of insects out, some of which are annoying, others are which can be dangerous.
It’s important to understand what summer bugs you are likely to encounter and how to deal with them.
Bees, wasps, and hornets
If you discover a bee, wasp, or hornet nest on your property you should contact your local pest control company and have them remove it.
In general bees, wasps, and hornets won’t disturb you. They may fly past but they will only sting if they feel threatened. This can be because you are trying to swat them or because you have walked past their nest/hive and they feel you may be trying to attack them.
Of course, in most cases, a sting from one of these creatures hurts. But, if you have an allergy it can be a lot more serious or even life-threatening.
The best approach with bees, wasps, and hornets is to stay away from them or stay still if they come near. You can then find out more about your local experts and get the nest removed.
Mosquitoes always live near water as they lay their eggs in still water. The female will bite you to get blood, this gives them the protein and iron they need to pass onto their eggs. They do prefer warmer weather, you are unlikely to see them in the winter.
However, mosquitoes are known to carry several diseases. It is best to use mosquito repellant and nets to protect your doors and windows, keeping them out of your home.
Flea eggs can stay dormant for long periods of time, waiting for the weather to warm up. They will then hatch and will generally target your pets. They bite to consume blood. Of course, if you have treated your pets for fleas then they are just as likely to bite you.
Fleas can transmit several diseases and their bites are very itchy. The good news is they don’t like direct sunlight and aromas like lemon and citronella are effective at keeping them away.
In the winter ants bury into the ground to stay warm. As the weather warms up they will be seen all around your yard. In general, these insects are a nuisance rather than anything else.
The best way to keep them out of your house is to keep them clean, they are attracted to sugary products. You can also sprinkle cinnamon or lime across entry points, this keeps the ants away.
Cockroaches tend to appear in the late evening as they don’t like direct sunlight. They are attracted to all sorts of starches, including cardboard and food debris. Unfortunately, these bugs also carry diseases. You should use boric acid as a perimeter defense. If they cross it the boric acid will dehydrate and kill them.