Summertime is as hospitable for pests as it is for high-energy humans, which is why you should always be on the lookout for warm-weather pests and new ways to eradicate them. Bugs like mosquitos, ants and ticks are not only pesky and bothersome while you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors, but they can also transmit dangerous, and even life-threatening, viruses.
Mosquitos are by and large the most common summertime pest, with over 3,500 unique species that cover virtually every corner of the globe. Mosquitos are particularly concerning because they carry West Nile virus — which is now considered an endemic pathogen in the U.S. — and other viral illnesses like dengue fever and yellow fever. Mosquitos also transmit malaria and other bacterial sicknesses. Red, swollen and itchy mosquito bites are just one way these bugs can ruin your day.
Ants are as much a summertime pest as sunburn and humidity. Although ants are not bad for your general health, they can pose a risk to your plants and to the structure of your home and can also contaminate food. It is also important to note that most species of termites are active only in the summer or warm-weather months. Ants are drawn to many foods — especially sweets and protein — so be sure to completely cover all food items during storage or when dining outdoors.
Especially concerning for hikers, campers or people who like to spend time in wooded areas, ticks are small but mighty pests that can cause serious damage. Black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, transmit Lyme disease, which causes long-term symptoms like fever, fatigue, muscle aches and even neurological damage and confusion. These ticks also carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can be potentially fatal to humans. Be sure to check yourself and your pets regularly for ticks during the warmer months.
Hiring a company like Fit Turf for professional pest control can help protect you from these dangerous insects while also encouraging a more comfortable, enjoyable outdoor environment.