Warm summer days entice us to enter the outdoors, but we are not 100% safe during our outdoor adventures. Perilous pests are waiting around every corner to make our summer outdoor time less enjoyable. There are a few pests that top the most dangerous list in Wisconsin that we are sure you'll gladly avoid.
1. The Mosquito
Mosquitoes have been labeled as one of the deadliest killers in the world. Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnant water and have an extremely fast life cycle, which allows for quick growth in population. Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and, of course, West Nile virus.
To prevent mosquito populations to grow:
⦁ Eliminate sources of standing water. Water is breeding ground for Mosquitoes.
Areas you may not think of as a source: Birdbaths, grill covers, baby pools and flowerpots
⦁ Screen all windows and doors, patch any holes in screens.
⦁ Minimize outdoor activity during dusk hours when Mosquito activity is highest.
⦁ Wear long sleeves and pants.
⦁ Use a fan at outdoor gatherings to keep Mosquitoes at bay.
Check out our 3 Tier Mosquito Prevention Program
2. The Tick
Ticks are not really insects. Ticks are actually arachnids like spiders, scorpions and mites. Unlike insects, all members of this group have 4 pairs of legs as adults, and haven’t any antennae. Ticks do not fly or jump. They will crawl onto grass or brush until they find a host to crawl up and attach to. It is thought that ticks also have the ability to wait on higher ground and drop onto a host. Ticks are in need blood to survive. They will bury themselves deep within a host and can stay attached for days to eat. A quick tick check after being outdoors and a prompt removal of a tick is important. Ticks transmit a wide array of disease-causing microbes, with Lyme disease as the highest reported tick-borne illness in Wisconsin.
⦁ To prevent tick encounters, avoid known tick-infested areas. When you are outdoors, keep to the center on cleared walkways and trails and try to avoid brushing up against vegetation and tall grass.
⦁ Wear protective and lighter-colored clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots or sturdy shoes when you think you may be encountering a tick-infested area. As an added extra ounce of protection, tuck your pants into your socks. Tape the area where pants and socks meet so ticks cannot crawl under clothing. The CDC recommends using insect repellent with at least 20% DEET if you plan to be in a tick infested area. Plan to do a tick check every couple of hours on yourself and your loved ones, and YES, check those furry loved ones too!
3. Bees and Wasps
Wasps, yellow-jackets, hornets and other stinging insects frequently show up during summer activities. These insects can be a serious problem, especially when provoked. Stinging insects send more than half a million people to the ER every year.
⦁ Try to stay calm, jerky reactions and attempts to swat a stinging insect will provoke it to sting. Instead of swatting, try gently blowing the insect away.
⦁ A smashed wasp gives off a pheromone that will attract other wasps to attack. Try to wait patiently for a wasp to leave your vicinity.
⦁ Wear shoes when walking in grassy areas.
⦁ Avoid wearing sweet smelling perfumes.
⦁ Anyone can have an allergic reaction to wasp venom. It' best to make someone around you aware that you have been stung. Symptoms usually appear after a few minutes, but can be delayed up to 24 hours. Seek medical attention (or dial 911) if there is a severe reaction.
⦁ If you find nests around your home, contact a licensed pest professional to deal with the nest(s) safely.
Ask us about our Wasp Control Preventative Treatment.