Summertime means more time outdoors. Warm weather and sunshine also mean more bugs to greet you when you venture outside. Knowing what bugs to look out for and Identifying possible infestations are key to keeping it under control.
These little winged pests are perhaps the peskiest of all summertime bugs. They typically sneak up on their unsuspecting victims and inflict multiple bites before you even realize it. They like to breed close to a food source so if you’re getting bit frequently it’s very likely they are breeding nearby. Check around your yard for standing water since they require water to lay their eggs. Any standing water such as rainwater in planter pots in your yard should be emptied.
Ticks are not only one of the most common summer bugs, but they’re also one of the most dangerous. Humans and pets can contract serious diseases spread by tick bites. It’s important to take precautions to protect yourself from these pests. Ticks like to seek shelter in overgrown shrubs and tall grass during the hotter parts of the day. Grass, low-hanging trees, and any yard debris laying around provide a perfect hideout. Keeping the grass cut and removing branches and weeds will help.
When summertime arrives, so do the flies. The common house fly might not seem like more than a buzzy nuisance but it actually can be a disease spreader and some flies even bite. For those reasons, it’s important to do what you can to not attract these pests while outdoors. Keeping animal waste picked up and trash cans covered and away from areas in your yard where you spend the most time will help to keep these flying bugs from ruining your outdoor activities.
Ants can quickly become a big problem. These tiny pests prefer to nest in the ground or dirt but will also nest anywhere there’s dirt such as in potted plants. They are drawn to areas where there’s moisture and food. If you frequently feed and water any wildlife it’s very likely ants will find it and eat it too. They aren’t too picky. They are also known to go after that food you might have left on the BBQ grill. To deter ants keep up with a good regimen of wiping down outdoor eating areas and putting any food for wildlife, such as bird feeders, in appropriate areas off the ground.
Crickets are commonly heard during the night in the summertime. These bugs are nocturnal and prefer to hide under logs and rocks during the day. While some people don’t mind hearing crickets chirp, if they’re in large numbers or if one finds its way inside they can be very bothersome. They will do damage to lawns too. Deterring these nighttime critters can be tricky since they hide during the day. Removing objects that they hide under and placing potted plants on tables or plant stands can help to keep crickets from becoming numerous.
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