Can you believe it’s already August? Time sure flies (no pest pun intended). While summer is coming to an end, the days are still hot and long – which means our summer pests are still out there. That’s right – bees, wasps, hornets, mosquitoes and ants are still causing trouble at backyard barbecues, days by the pool and fun in the sun. What’s more? Nearly half a million people are sent to the emergency room each year due to their stings.
To help protect your family, Aerex Pest Control has put together a list of the Top 5 Stingers of Summer.
Yellow Jackets: A yellow jacket’s shiny yellow and black striped abdomen is an unmistakable feature. If you see a few of these, chances are there is a nest nearby – which can contain thousands of yellow jackets. Known for being notoriously aggressive for no reason at all, a yellow jacket will undoubtedly attack if their nest is disturbed.
Fire Ants: Contrary to popular belief, it is not the bite of a fire ant that causes a reaction, but their sting. Avoid their signature telltale mounds at all costs – as they will attack in large numbers and sting multiple times if their nest is disturbed.
Mosquitos: A staple of summer in Chicago and the season’s most common “stinger” of course, is the mosquito. You may even notice that it doesn’t take more than a few minutes outdoors to end up with a number of itchy and painful welts.
Hornets: Hornet nests usually hang from tree limbs, and are papery, oval shaped, and about the size of a basketball. If you’re planning on destroying a hornet’s nest on your own – think again! Hornets are aggressive on their own, so tampering with their nest is a guaranteed way to get a sting or two.
Wasps: Aerex has received countless calls about wasps all summer long. Unlike yellow jackets and hornets who can be very aggressive, wasps will generally only attack if their nests are threatened. If you see a wasp’s nest (resembling an upside down umbrella), don’t try to destroy it yourself. Contacting a professional pest technician is the only safe way to take care of it.
So, how do we keep these creatures at bay? After all – it’s only fair we enjoy the rest of summer in Chicago!
- When outdoors, keep all drinks covered and sweets tightly concealed.
- Always wear mosquito repellent when spending long periods of time outdoors
- Make sure all outdoor trash cans have a lid
- If you spot a nest, call Aerex Pest Control for safe and proper removal
Be aware, be cautious, and be safe. If you notice a problem with the pests mentioned above, do not hesitate to contact Aerex! Our services are safe, effective and affordable.