Whenever people are outside there are certain precautions they tend to take to ensure they stay safe from insect bites. For example, when you are out gardening in the yard you often wear gloves. Right! When you go to the beach in the evening you put on insect repellent or at least some sort of protection. Isn’t it?
So whether it’s wearing sunscreen while on the beach or wearing sunglasses on a bright sunny day, spraying on insect repellant or putting up a fence around your pool, one thing is certain, you do it to avoid certain health problems.
Here are five insects you need to watch out for in your back yard
Yup! This one needs no introduction, does it?
Mosquitoes are far more than annoying pests the buzzing and whining sound that they make is a nuisance to the ear. Not only that, mosquitoes are carriers of different types of diseases. A single bite from this pesky little insect can transmit malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile fever, and Zika fever.
Fortunately, there are several ways to fight mosquitoes. Like wearing insecticide when going outdoors, wearing long sleeves shirts, tops, and long pants during periods when these insects are most active (like most evenings in Summer), Covering swimming pools and draining pots or removing any standing water from your property to reduce the risk or inhibit mosquito breeding. But these measures alone may not be enough.
Don’t forget to use mosquito killer spray throughout your yard once the summer heat kicks in. For added safety simply call a pest control company.
Not only do professional pest control companies know what products to use but also how much to apply to a specific area to ensure that the problem is taken care of. They also have in-depth knowledge of how insecticides might affect certain individuals with compromised immunities. They can then create custom solutions based on your needs and special considerations.
2. Bees And Wasps
It is often said without bees humans will cease to exist. Well, whether this statement is true or not one thing we all know for sure is that bees are the number one pollinators.
Anyways, while bees might visit the luscious garden in your yard to collect nectar from flowers its best to quickly prevent or get rid of bees, wasps, and other stinging insects whenever and wherever their hives are formed.
Although eco-friendly activist might protest against such measures trust me it is for the best and while a sting or two will hurt, believe me, an attack from a swarm of bees or wasps can be fatal.
This is another parasitic insect that is tough to get rid of. They are often found on the grass in the back yard and they often attach themselves to pets like dogs and cats and even on human hair.
You see just like cockroaches the flea is a very adaptable and resilient little pest. I kid you not they are hard to get rid of. This is because fleas can quickly develop resistance to pesticides being used on them. It may take a few generations before this happens, but it doesn’t take all that long for fleas to reproduce, so a few generations is nothing in “flea time”.
So what’s the solution then? Well, there are plenty, use insecticides for fleas and change these insecticides frequently to avoid them building resistance against it.
You could also go high-tech by using an “Electronic Flea Zapper Comb” which uses a safe, low electric charge that is harmless to you and your pet, but is reported to be “instantly deadly to fleas”.
You probably thinking, does it work? Hey, what can I say, I’m a dude and I visit the coiffeur every now and then. Well, I can’t say for sure but I know some people who use such gadgets.
Never underestimate the trouble that a tiny 3-5 mm long insect can bring. Just like mosquitoes and fleas, ticks are another menace lurking in the grass in the yard.
These tiny creatures transfer Lyme disease, which can affect the joints, nervous system, and in severe cases the heart. So aside from wearing long-sleeved shirts, tops, long pants, and closed shoes, cut the grass on your lawns and spray them a day or two before playing on it.
What most people know about spiders is that they have six legs and that they spin web. Also, if you have been considering spiders as merely small insects, then I urge you to reconsider.
Spiders vary in size and some spiders like the Tarantula can be as big as your fist. Trust me they are hairy and scary looking and they are as dangerous as they are ugly.
They do not attack like mosquitoes or bees and are also not parasitic like fleas or ticks. But they can bite when provoked. Their venom might not kill you, but it can cause rashes and allergic reactions.
A clean compound and the use of some form of repellent are good. This way you, your kids, neighbors or other family members do not freak out when they encounter a tarantula.
Stay safe and remember to buy bug sprays that kill many different types of insects.