Most people look forward to the long, warm days of summer all year long, but people in the pest control industry offer a warning.
Along with the warm weather comes a handful of pests that can be dangerous when they attack.
If you’re planning to spend time outdoors this summer, it’s important to know exactly which insects to be on the lookout for.
If you do find yourself suffering symptoms of a bug bite and need urgent care, consider CareNow for quick diagnosis and treatment.
Notoriously pesky, mosquitoes are also considered one of the most dangerous insects present during the summer.
Known for carrying diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue and encephalitis, mosquito bites are not only painful, they can be deadly.
A mosquito bite will often appear as an itchy, red bump.
To avoid mosquitoes bites, try to stay indoors during dawn and desk, use insect repellent whenever you’re outside and try to stay away from stagnant water.
Not only are ticks a hazard to humans, but to pets as well. Notorious for carrying Lyme disease, ticks can be just as dangerous as mosquitoes.
To avoid contact with a tick, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts that cover your skin, always wear bug spray and inspect yourself any time you’ve been outdoors for a long time.
If you are planning to hike, stay on the trails and away from greenery.
Bees And Wasps
Most common during the later summer months, yellow jackets, bees, wasps and hornets are all a danger to kids playing outdoors.
Those who are allergic, young children and the elderly, are at the highest risk of complications from a sting.
Always wear shoes when outside, keep outdoor garbage covered and try not to wear sweet-smelling perfume
While not a summer pest per se, bed bugs are still a concern this time of year.
They have become such a problem that many people inspect their beds, especially those in hotel rooms, for bed bugs before climbing in.
Avoid getting painful bed bug bites in your own bed by meticulously examining your luggage before you pack up and head home from vacation.
These summer pests go anywhere the food goes.
Some dangerous ants, such as fire ants, sting when they become aggressive, which causes an itchy bump to develop and could cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Keep ants away by maintaining clean counter tops and floors in your home as well as at any picnic you host.
Most people are shocked to know there are almost 2,000 species and subspecies of fleas.
These irritating bugs thrive in warm environments, feeding on the blood of humans and animals alike. Because fleas can jump (10,000 times in a row in fact), they are difficult to get rid of completely.
To prevent fleas, wash your pet (and their bed) and use a flea comb regularly.
How To Protect Yourself From Bugs
It’s important to protect yourself and your children from potentially harmful bugs that become increasingly pest-like during the summer months.
Read below to learn how you can protect your family from insects that could present a danger this summer.
Utilize Insect Repellents
DEET is one of the most effective ways to repel mosquitoes because of the smell. Keep in mind that the higher the percentage of DEET, the longer the protection.
Before you spend time outdoors, especially during dusk, make sure you and your child spray a generous amount of DEET all over your body to prevent getting bit.
Know Your Bugs
Take the time to learn which insects pose the greatest risk. A few bugs notorious for showing up in abundance during summer include ticks, mosquitoes and spiders.
Perhaps the most frustrating insect of summer is the mosquito. These buzzing bugs can transmit West Nile disease.
Also, ticks are known for causing Lyme disease. Finally, spiders, which can be both venomous and non-venomous, are often the most feared for most people.
Make sure you and your children know how to identify these insects.
Although long sleeves and pants are the last articles of clothing that sound comfortable during the heat of summer, they will help prevent insect bites.
The more skin you cover, the less that’s available for an insect to attack.
In addition to long sleeves and pants, insect repellents are a must for summer, especially in the evening. When applying repellent on your child, make sure any exposed skin is sprayed thoroughly.
You should never apply repellent to a child that is less than two months old.
Avoid Bug-Infested Areas
Know what areas to avoid. For instance, ticks and spiders typically live in wooded areas with plenty of brush, so try to avoid these types of places. Mosquitoes can typically be found anywhere there is stagnant water, such as creeks or ponds.
Again, if you need to be in an area that you know may attract insects, be sure to properly cover up.
Although it might seem obvious, if bugs can’t get to you, they can’t bite you. Whether your mode of defense is staying indoors or inside a porch with a good screen, keeping something between yourself and the insects is an excellent way to avoid bites.
You can also purchase mosquito netting, which can be used around beds and baby strollers.
Risks Of Bug Bites
No matter what type of insect bites you, there is a risk involved.
For some, it’s risk of an allergic reaction, while other bites could result in transmission of disease, including malaria, Lyme disease, etc.
If you are allergic to insect bites, it’s important that you carry a card and/or wear a bracelet or necklace to indicate that you have an allergy.
By knowing which insects to avoid and where to avoid them, you significantly lessen the chance you or your child will receive a bite.
If you do get bitten, it’s important to keep an eye on the bite.
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