Now that summer has truly begun, it’s time to review some of the most common summer pests. Mosquitoes, ticks and stinging insects are amongst the top insects of summer, and each pose potential health risks to humans and pets. Read on for more information about summer pest control and pest prevention.
Bees, Hornets, Yellowjackets & More
Stinging insects like bees, wasps and hornets are a great source of anxiety for humans everywhere. Not only can they cause painful stings, but a large amount of the American population suffer severe allergic reactions from them. Stings and allergies aside, bugs like bumblebees, honey bees and carpenter bees can actually be beneficial to our health and even the economy!
Good Stuff: Stinging insects such as bumblebees, honeybees and carpenter bees pollinate plants and flowers. This aids in our agricultural system and allows us to enjoy healthy fruits and vegetables. Other stinging insects (like wasps) also eat other harmful pests like flies, spiders and grubs. keeping our gardens healthy and happy.
Bad Stuff: They sting!
Important Tip: Never treat a bee, wasp, yellow jacket or hornet’s nest on your own. Doing so could be extremely dangerous! Always contact a Chicago pest control company like Aerex.
Mosquitoes are almost impossible to avoid. They love moist areas, standing water, and typically become a problem during the evening hours. If you’re outside around dusk and dawn, make sure to properly project yourself with long sleeves, long pants and insect repellent.
Good Stuff: Most of the time (we repeat, most of the time), mosquitoes are harmless other than an itchy bite.
Bad Stuff: Mosquitoes can transmit infections such as malaria, dengue (both rare in the United States) or West Nile Virus.
Important Tips: Keep exposed skin to a minimum when outdoors. Invest in some quality bug spray, and pay attention to standing water near your house or yard.
Ticks, ticks, ticks. They sure do cause more harm than good! Dangerous for both humans and our furry friends, ticks are stealthy and can latch onto us without us even knowing. If you live in a woodsy area, pay special attention to these pesky critters. Always check yourself (or your children or pets) for ticks after coming inside. This is especially important if you have spent time in a wooded area.
Good Stuff: Hmmm…we can’t really think of anything!
Bad Stuff: Ticks can cause serious illnesses such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Fever, Babesia and more.
Important Tip: The sooner you find a tick on your body, the less likely it will be to cause an infection.