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Insects to Look Out For This Summer

 In Ants, Bed Bugs, Mosquitoes, Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention, Wasps

Image of wasp on flower - pests to look out for this summer - Antworks Pest Control in Vancouver WA & Portland ORAs the warm weather rolls in, so do all the pests! The last thing you want to spend your summer doing is battling an insect infestation, which is why it’s useful to know which pests might come around. That way, you can take preventative measures before they have a chance to invade your space. To help you protect your property from pests this season, here are the top insects to look out for this summer:

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are one of the most notorious summertime pests, and for good reason. Clouds of mosquitoes can make it miserable to be outside, especially if you end up covered in red and itchy bite marks within a matter of minutes. Additionally, mosquitoes are blood-sucking parasites that are known for spreading potentially deadly diseases, such as malaria or the Zika virus. While it may seem impossible to totally avoid these pests, there are a few steps you can take to prevent mosquito bites this summer:

  • Avoid going outdoors during dawn or dusk
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants when outside
  • Remove any sources of still, standing water on your property
  • Consider wearing an EPA-certified insect repellant

Ants

While an ant or two may not seem like a big deal, even a single insect is a sign of a nearby infestation. Since ants can be very difficult to get rid of once they’ve established a colony, it’s important to prevent these pests from invading in the first place. Thankfully, ant prevention doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated. To keep ants out of your home this summer, try using these tips:

  • Properly store food in airtight containers
  • Clean up spilled food or drink quickly, even outdoors
  • Avoid leaving pet food out in the open
  • Store trash in lidded bins

Stinging Insects

There’s nothing like a bee sting to interrupt summertime fun. Particularly if you have young children or a severe allergy, stinging insects could be very dangerous to you and your loved ones. That’s why you should always contact a professional if you encounter an infestation on or near your property. You can also follow these tips to prevent stinging insects from invading your space:

  • Remove fallen fruit or berries from the ground
  • Properly store trash in tight lidded bins
  • Avoid leaving food or pet food out in the open
  • Eliminate any sources of standing water

Bed Bugs

Though bed bugs are active year-round and are primarily indoor pests, infestations often flare up in the summertime while people are traveling around. Bed bug infestations are not only incredibly unpleasant and damaging to your health, but they can also spread quickly and be very difficult to eradicate. That’s why prevention is the best way to keep yourself and your family safe from bed bugs. Here are a few ways you can avoid bed bugs while traveling:

  • Wash laundry in hot water immediately upon returning home
  • Vacuum your luggage as soon as you return home
  • Use hard-backed luggage or store your items in plastic bags
  • Carefully inspect hotels and guest rooms for signs of pests

What to Do If You Have Pests This Summer

Dealing with an infestation can feel stressful, but you don’t have to handle it all alone! If you are struggling with an insect invasion this summer, contact your local pest control specialists for fast and effective help. Here at Antworks Pest Control in Vancouver WA and Portland OR, we are dedicated to helping you find long-term solutions to pest problems so you can enjoy an insect-free home for years to come. If you need help getting rid of pests, contact our team and get your free estimate today!

Insects to Look Out For This Summer IN VANCOUVER WA AND PORTLAND OR

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