A Guide to Spotting Summer Bugs and Safely Eliminating Them

Summer is an amazing time, except when you have to encounter annoying bugs that can not only damage your household but also threaten your own health. Here are some of the most likely insects you encounter during summer and what you can do to get rid of them effectively using the following methods:

Africanized Killer Bees:

How to identify them: These hybrid and dangerous bees are almost 1 inch long and are oval-shaped, with wings, and antennae and six legs. They are similar in appearance to European bees but are slightly smaller and darker in color.

Where they feed: Bees depend on pollen and nectar from flowers and garbage piles for their food.

Dangerous for Humans: Bee allergy is a serious problem. For those without serious allergies the venom from can cause painful, itchy, and swollen areas and for those with serious allergies, even a single sting can prove to be deadly.

Steps to eliminate them: Bees are essential in the overall ecosystem, so it’s best to use non-toxic methods such as essential oil sprays to ensure they relocate to another location.

Giant Mosquitoes:  

How to identify them: Black/brown body with small wings and six narrow, thin legs.

Where they feed: They are usually found near open water sources like ponds, swamps or open water tanks, especially during summer as they feed on small larvae.

Dangerous for Humans: They are the prime causes of malaria, dengue, and chikungunya – some of the deadliest diseases known to mankind.

Steps to eliminate them: Tie-up mosquito nets; use some mosquito repellents; and, apply mosquito repellent lotion or wear full sleeve clothes when you’re outdoors

Fleas:

How to identify them: They usually have a red-brown color with a narrow body and long claws on all six long legs.

Where they feed: They feed on the blood of a human or animal body

Dangerous for Humans: Fleabites can be itchy and cause allergic reactions. They can also transmit serious diseases like typhus and tapeworms.

Steps to eliminate them: Natural methods like direct sunlight and aromatics like lemon, citronella, wormwood, and rosemary can also deter fleas from sticking around.

Bedbugs:

How to identify them: They have a flat body with six legs, about the size of a seed, which can be either black or brown.

Where they feed: They feed on human blood.

Dangerous for humans: Although, not a public hazard, their bites can cause itching.

Steps to eliminate them: First clean the infected areas with hot water and then keep the bed in direct sunlight for at least an hour.

Ants:

How to identify them: Their body has a segmented black-brown color with three legs and two long antennas on their head.

Where they feed:  Sugar, fruits, seeds, nuts, and other insects.

Dangerous for Humans: Some ants can bite or sting. They will also raid your kitchen for any sweet food, causing an infestation.

Steps to eliminate them: By using simple methods like the sprinkling of pure cinnamon, lime or vinegar, ants have shown to abandon their nests and other areas as they can’t stand their taste.

Cockroaches:

How to identify them: Roaches have six legs and long antennae. They are brown with light colored or black markings on the back of the head.

Where they feed: Cockroaches are known to eat almost anything, but among household items, they are known to feed on starches and will eat paper, cardboard, boxes, and any food scraps.

Dangerous for Humans: Cockroaches are known to be a public hazard pest as they carry dangerous bacteria like E. coli, salmonella, parasitic worms, and other pathogens.

Steps to eliminate them: Cockroach infestations have been treated with boric acid, so use borax to thinly line the perimeters of rooms and existing cracks.

Conclusion:

These are some of the pests that can affect your homes during summer. If you feel that these methods do not work, and these bugs keep bothering you, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional pest control service provider for safe and effective anti-bugs treatment. We hope to keep yourself and your home safe from any of the summer bugs that have been bothering you.

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