The Most Common Summer Pests

If you are like most people, you are looking forward to having some summer fun. From lounging outside on the deck to preparing delicious strawberry shortcake, there are plenty of fun activities to do during this time of the year. Unfortunately, the hot weather causes insects and other pests to come out in full force. Here are five of the most common summer pests.

1) Mosquitoes

For good reason, people from around the world fear mosquitoes. These bloodsuckers have long been known for spreading disease. With the Zika virus being such a big concern, you must take the necessary precautions to keep mosquitoes away from your family. If you happen to see a mosquito swarm near your home, you must take action immediately. These pests love to hang around rain gutters and flower pots. Because mosquitoes are so tiny, they can easily creep through an old window screen.

2) Ticks

Like mosquitoes, ticks are dangerous bloodsuckers that can cause numerous health problems. They are often found hiding in tall grass and bushy areas. If you have any pets, you must check them for ticks on a regular basis. Ticks can easily latch onto an animal’s fur. Everyone in your family will be put at risk.

3) Bees and Wasps

As soon as the local temperatures start to rise during the spring, bees and wasps will begin to emerge. Although even a tiny sweat bee can inflict a painful sting, hornets are especially dangerous. Inspect your entire property for bee hives. Wasps often build their nests along porches and around window frames. Old trees stumps are a favorite habitat for hornets. In the blink of an eye, an open door could allow a bee to fly into your home.

4) Ants

Although ants may look small and innocent, they can cause big problems for homeowners. While carpenter ants have a reputation for causing property damage, fire ants inject painful venom into their victims. Furthermore, an allergic reaction to a fire ant’s bite will require a quick trip to the emergency room. Ants have a serious attraction to sweet substances. Unsurprisingly, your kitchen becomes a hot spot for ants during the summer. Like a pack of hungry wolves, ants never work alone.

5) Spiders

Believe it or not, spiders are actually be beneficial. These eight-legged monsters consume other common pests, including mosquitoes and roaches. The downside is that some species are venomous, chiefly black widow spiders and brown recluses.

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