By Kelly Hanly
Late spring and throughout the summer months is the prime time for pests to thrive. Pests are either coming out from their eggs or returning from hibernation. Here are the top 5 insects to watch out for in the summertime:
Mosquitoes: Everyone hates the itch you keep scratching once you get a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes are flying pests that like to suck human blood. Some mosquitoes can carry diseases, such as the West Nile Virus, that can be deadly to humans. The best way to prevent mosquitoes from biting you is to follow a few simple tips. First, remove all stagnant water and replace waddle and bird pools often. Mosquitoes love to breed in stagnant water. Next, stay inside at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. When you do go outside, ware loose long sleeved pants and shirts to prevent mosquitoes form stinging through your shirt.
Ticks: Ticks are small pests that like to latch on to human skin. Like mosquitoes, ticks can carry diseases, such as Lymes Disease, that can be very harmful to humans. To make sure ticks do not bite you, make sure you do the following. Wear long sleeved pants and shirts when outside and make sure you tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from crawling up your leg. Ticks like to crawl up your leg and then bite, so make sure you apply bug spray on your feet and legs especially. Repellents containing 30% DEET will protect you from both ticks and mosquitoes. Make sure you keep your lawn cut at all times. When spending time outside, be sure to stay away from the area where your lawn meets the woods. Ticks can rub off from a branch right onto your skin if you brush against a leaf.
Termites: Termites cause billion of dollars of damage each year. They like to chow down on wood and homes especially. You can tell if you have termites by noticing if your wood floors or walls are getting hollow and weak. The best way to treat termites is to call a pest control company. Termites will continue eating your house unless you put a stop to them.
Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants are another pest that can destroy your home. Carpenter ants are big, black ants with 6 legs. Many people get carpenter ants and termites get confused with one another. Both termites and carpenter ants have wings through a stage in their life. Unlike termites, carpenter ants will only burrow through the wood and not eat it. Saw dust is an indicator of activity and usually you will see activity by the base of structures. The best way to prevent carpenter ants is to contact a pest control company.
Carpenter Bees: Bees of all kinds are a very big nuisance to humans. The problem with carpenter bees is that they do damage to homes too. Bees will drill small holes on the outside of homes to nest it. You can spot their activity by saw dust at the base of a home. If there is not activity by the base, look up until you find small holes. Carpenter bees will drill in then down wood. You could have a 2 foot long tunnel in the wood and not even know. Again, the best way is to contact a pest control company. When people try and treat pest issues they waste time and money.
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The Top 5 Insects to Watch Out for this Summer
By Kelly Hanly