Summer bug bites are most common when you go camping or spend time in the mountains, but can happen in your own back yard, too. Familiarize yourself with various types of summer bugs that bite, the effects of these bites, and a way to implement pest control for the home so these summer bugs won’t bother you.
Bees and Wasps
Avoid nests of bees and wasps. If you see them being formed, it’s best to knock them down early when they are small rather than wait until they are larger. If they’ve become too large, it’s wise to call in a professional. When honeybees sting, the stinger, venom sac and muscle detach from its body and the honeybee dies. Remove the stinger as quickly as possible. The affected area should not be rubbed because rubbing increases the circulation of the venom. Bumble bees and wasps can sting more than once. Pain and itching at the location of the sting is common.
Ticks are bloodsuckers. They’re creepy enough to give anyone chills just looking at them! Steer clear of tick-infested areas to avoid tick bites, but when that isn’t possible, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Wear light-colored clothing to make ticks easier to detect. Tuck pants into your socks or boot and use a tick repellent—but read the label directions closely.
Chiggers are most common in the summer months—ankles are particularly susceptible to chigger bites—and can cause serious discomfort and itching for several days. As a homeowner, you can remove unnecessary vegetation around the home and cut lawns frequently. Protect yourself from chiggers by using a repellent with DEET.
As the name suggests, fire ants have reddish-colored bodies. They are far more aggressive than the average ant, so stay clear. Learn to recognize their large mounds. If you find yourself in contact with fire ants, you could end up with painful stings and red bumps on your skin.
The best way to prevent each of these summer bug bites from occurring in and around your home is to seek the pest management services offered by HomeTeam Pest Defense. Preventive measures in and around your home can help keep bugs out and prevent summer bug bites.
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