Poisonous Species To Avoid This Summer

 

These insects invade your home every summer—and can cause a host of itchy problems for your family.  They often like the same foods you like; they breed quickly and hide in hard-to-reach places. Bugs also can cause allergic reactions, bites, and even cause some diseases. 

Black Widow Spiders

Black widows are poisonous and like to wander indoors during hot weather. Black widow spiders are these little eight-legged monsters who want to make your summer miserable. If you see a black widow, you should leave the room, close the door, and let experts deal with it. Black widows are shiny and black and maybe two inches long with a red hourglass on their belly. Female black widows are deadly, and they leave a zigzag trail when they walk.

How To Protect Yourself

Black Widows love dark and humid places such as woodpiles or garages. However, they also live in moist areas like under rocks, logs, or around decks with latticework underneath them. If you have any of these locations on your property, it’s essential to make sure that you clean up debris regularly to minimize the number of spots they will hide.

Africanized Bees

Also known as killer bees, Africanized bees are bees, the African Honey Bee (Apis mellifera scutellata) and the European honey bee.  The Africanized bee is a perennial, fine-haired bee that ranges in color from light to dark brown. They tend to be about 1/2 inch long. They are not particularly aggressive but have a strong tendency to defend their hives and territory.

How To Protect Yourself

The most important thing is to be aware of your surroundings and know the attack symptoms. If you see a swarm, don’t panic but move away slowly and in a straight line if possible. Get inside any building or car as soon as possible when swarms approach. It is also best to have an exit plan. You may also consider wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants that go below your knees, boots or shoes with thick soles, gloves (not latex), and closed-toe shoes. 

Red Fire Ants

Many people don’t know that there is a difference between fire ants and red fire ants. Despite their name, fire ants are not ants. Fire ants are a species of wasp, while red fire ants are a species of ant. Some consider red fire ants to be among the most dangerous bugs found in the United States. Red fire ants are so named because they are a bright red color, differentiating them from other species of ants.

How To Protect Yourself

The most reliable method to keep these pests under control is by using insecticides that contain boric acid or pyrethrum. 

You should also make sure that the perimeter around your house is clear of items such as woodpiles, stacks of lumber, and other debris which provide shelter for red fire ants.

Kissing Bug

The kissing bug—also known as a conenose bug or assassin bug—is a blood-sucking insect native to the Americas. It gets its name from its practice of biting people on the face, usually around the mouth. The species of kissing bug that originated in the Americas is called Triatoma protracted.

How To Protect Yourself 

The most dependable way to protect yourself from these insects is by using bed nets, screens, and window guards. There are also natural repellents available if you prefer not to use chemicals around your home.

Wasps

A wasp can be terrifying to come across during the summer months, especially if you are allergic to their stings. Although they are generally pests to most, many wasp species are very beneficial and play a role in the ecosystem. For example, paper wasps are known to eat aphids, which can damage crops and other plants. Many species of wasp are pollinators, which is great for farmers. The most dangerous wasps are social wasps, including yellow jackets and hornets, which are not beneficial to the ecosystem.

How To Protect Yourself

Stay away from dark places where wasps may be building nests, such as under decks or porches with little light. Wasp larvae need darkness to grow up into adult wasps. 

Conclusion

While most bug bites are just a nuisance, some can provoke serious reactions such as severe swelling, anaphylaxis, and even paralysis. To minimize the risk of dangerous bites, keep an eye out for these bugs. The best way to protect yourself and your home is to do regular maintenance to minimize the number of spots these species like to live inside.