Many summer memories are made outside with family. Unfortunately, you may have uninvited guests crashing your barbeques. Like some people, some insects have chosen summer as their favorite time of the year. As temperatures continue to rise, these bugs become more active and are more frequently encountered. We’ve made a list of the most common summer bugs that you could find hanging around your home.
One summer pest that’s sure to put a damper on your outdoor fun is the tick. These arachnids feed on blood from animals or humans. Ticks grow between 1/4ʺ-3/8ʺ and have a brown or reddish-brown body. A tick’s head is much smaller than its body. Ticks are categorized as hard or soft based on whether or not they have a hard plate on their body. Hard ticks are the ones most often spotted on people and animals. These pests like wooded areas or places with a lot of vegetation. Most ticks live outside and are brought into homes after attaching to clothing, skin, or fur. However, the brown dog tick is known for living inside. Many people spend more time outside in the summer, which increases their chance of being exposed to ticks. It’s important to check for ticks on you or your pet after being outside. If you spot one, carefully remove it using a pair of tweezers. Eliminate hiding spots in your yard by keeping your lawn trimmed and cleaning up any lawn debris like leaf litter. You can also apply a product, like Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Mosquito and Tick Killer spray, to help keep your yard tick-free.
These bugs may win the award for least favorite insect. Mosquitoes are known for leaving itchy, red bumps on people. These form when female mosquitoes bite you while feeding on blood. Male mosquitoes don’t actually bite humans. Instead, they feed on the nectar from plants. These bugs have one pair of wings and their body is covered in tiny scales. They are known for their proboscis and long, narrow legs. Mosquitoes can grow between 3-9mm depending on their species. Mosquitoes love summer because it brings moisture and warmer temperatures. The summer heat allows mosquitoes to develop at a faster rate. Moisture is needed because mosquitoes lay their eggs in shallow pools of water. This is why it’s important to eliminate any sources of standing water. Mosquitoes are usually most active at dusk or dawn. When they aren’t flying around, they hide in dark areas including thick bushes. If you’re outside at peak mosquito hours, it’s best to use an insect repellent, like Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Natural Insect Repellent.
Though mosquitoes are disliked the most, stinging insects probably frighten more people. During the summer, stinging insects—wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets—reach their highest numbers. Though they are known for stinging, these bugs usually only attack if they feel threatened. Wasps can be brown or black and grow up to 3/4ʺ. Yellow jackets are typically black and yellow, but some can have white markings. The European hornet is reddish-brown and the bald-faced hornet closely resembles a yellow jacket. However, it’s larger and will have white markings covering its body. One of the best ways to identify a stinging insect infestation is by spotting a nest. Social wasps build nests above ground while solitary wasps place them underground. They prefer areas that are sheltered including trees and attics. Yellow jackets build their nests in bushes and on branches as well as under porches. Hornets prefer to build nests in attics, on tree branches, and in larger shrubs. Since these bugs like to sting, it’s important to be careful when applying treatment. Using a product that reaches up to 18 feet, like Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Wasp & Hornet Killer spray, will help to eliminate the problem while allowing you to remain a safe distance away.
This summer bug likes to test your hand-eye coordination. Flies are most active in the summer and it’s also their breeding season. There are two species of flies that have a habit of buzzing into your home—houseflies and fruit flies. Houseflies grow between 4-7.5mm. They have four distinct stripes on their body that is covered in small pieces of hair. These flies are the most commonly encountered among the fly species. They will often fly into homes hoping to avoid the summer heat. They breed in dirty places like garbage and spoiled food. Fruit flies love to hang around fruits and vegetables because this is where they lay their eggs. Fruit flies are usually 1/8ʺ in length and have a brown body. Flies have large, compound eyes that provide them with a wide range of vision. This is one reason it’s so hard to swat them. To help keep these bugs from invading your home, keep your food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator. Regularly remove trash to eliminate potential breeding spots. If flies are still bugging you, try using a spray like Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Flying Insect Killer.
There’s a chance you’ve spotted these bugs marching through your picnic space. Ants are just as active in the summer as they are in the spring. These bugs begin prepping for fall during the summer, which means they amp up their foraging efforts. Two ants that are likely to try carrying out crumbs from your kitchen are the odorous house ant and little black ants. The odorous house ant gets its name from the rotten odor released when one is crushed. These bugs are typically brown or black and grow between 1/8ʺ-3/16ʺ. They enjoy sweets and will even use plants to climb into your home to find a tasty treat. Little black ants make it easy to identify them. They’re small and have a black or dark brown body. They usually like nesting outside in soil, but they will head inside to catch a break from the heat. If they happen to find food while they’re in your home, it’s likely they’ll keep returning. Since ants release pheromones that guide other ants to food sources, it’s important to eliminate the entire colony. Using a bait, like Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective No Spill Ant Kill, allows ants to carry the bait back to the colony, which will eliminate the source of the problem.
The thought of bed bugs may have caused you to cringe. These bugs like to hideout in tiny spaces in homes. Both males and females feed on blood, but females need it to reproduce. Unfortunately, humans provide them with their favorite meal. While these bugs can be encountered year-round, they are most active in the summer. The warm temperatures are responsible for an increase in their appetite and breeding. Bed bugs are usually 4-5mm in length, but they will enlarge after a meal. They have a flat, oval body that is brown. However, it can take on a reddish hue after feeding. Spotting the bugs or seeing markings on your sheets can help to identify an infestation. It’s also possible that their bites will produce red bumps on your skin. Bed bugs spread faster in the summer because of the increased levels of travel. If these bugs aren’t detected, they can slip into your luggage and ride home with you. When traveling, it’s important to take time to examine the room. Check the bedding for red, brown, or black marks. If bed bugs have invaded, you’ll want to immediately treat the infestation. Applying a dust, like Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Bed Bug Killer, to the mattress, frame, and any cracks and crevice will help to eliminate the problem.You’re not the only one who enjoys the warm summer air. Since many bugs are most active in the summer, it’s not surprising that they are more frequently encountered. Though more bugs are running around, it doesn’t have to ruin your fun. If these summer pests are bugging you, we want to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Pest Control products.