Summer means lots of things: Baseball games, sweating, summer storms, and bugs. There are several kinds of bugs to watch out for during the summer. They bite, sting, and carry diseases. Knowing them will help you stay away from them.
Black widow spiders are one of the types of bugs to watch out for. Technically not a bug, they are dangerous. Black with red hourglass markings on the belly, these spiders have venom that is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s. They typically live for one to three years in the wild and usually live alone.
Tarantula spiders are another of the types of bugs to watch out for. Again, technically not a bug, but also can be dangerous. Usually, tarantulas are wary of humans, but can bite if provoked. Their venom isn’t as dangerous as black widows’ but can be painful and can cause rashes at the bite area. They can live for up to 30 years and grow to the size of personal pizzas.
Africanized bees are yet another of the bugs to watch out for. Stay away from these bees if you see a swarm or a hive. They do not routinely attack humans, but may if they think the hive is in danger. Multiple stings from Africanized bees have been known to cause death.
Mosquitos are another of the bugs to watch out for. This particular bug is hard to avoid in most places in the U.S. They can multiply in any standing water. They are carriers of multiple diseases and cause more deaths around the world due to these diseases than any other factor. Some of the diseases borne by mosquitos are somewhat rare in the U.S., but others seem to gaining ground. West Nile virus incidents seem to be increasing in the U.S. because of mosquitos.
Red Fire Ants are another of the bugs to watch out for. They were brought accidentally to the U.S., but appear to be spreading quickly. They sting when provoked and do so in multiple numbers. The stings are very uncomfortable.
Ticks are yet another of the bugs to watch out for. They are found in many places in the U.S. where bushes and high grasses are found. Walking through these areas and brushing against the plants will transfer ticks to you. Lyme disease is possibly the most dangerous disease carried by ticks.
Heath’s Wildlife Service provides 24 hour emergency and long-term nuisance wildlife solutions for your home or business with a focus on customer service, mutual trust, and ongoing support and information. Chris Heath will give you a no-obligation, free estimate for removing pests from your home. If he doesn’t remove the pests you have, he can direct you to someone who can. Call 855-422-0434 or 603-664-0513.