5 COMMON PESTS THAT LIKE TO CALL YOUR LAWN HOME
Bugs and worms and grubs – oh my!
Ahh…summer! It’s finally here! It’s time to uncover the grill, sweep off the patio, and gas up the lawn mower. But wait, there’s more to do to ensure you enjoy hours of summer fun in your yard: protect against mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects that hope to take up residence on your property. That’s right, it’s time to take preventative steps to safeguard you, your family and guests from the health threats posed by summer’s pests.
We used to think of mosquitoes as little more than annoying, itch-inducing buzzers. However, in recent years, the public has become increasingly aware of the health threats they pose with West Nile virus, Zika, chikungunya, and Dengue at the top of the list. It is particularly troubling for many to learn that the Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species most associated with Zika, bite throughout the day and not merely at dusk and dawn like many other mosquito species.
Ticks are another pest that collide with people – and their pets – when the weather is warm. There are about 90 species of ticks throughout the United States, each presenting unique challenges including various health threats. The viruses most often associated with ticks include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis.
Fleas have been long associated with devastating outbreaks of the plaque, though today, they are more commonly associated with the incessant itching they cause. Some fleas, such as the cat flea, do transmit the plague and murine typhus, particularly in the southwestern United States. Pets are particularly vulnerable to coming into contact with fleas when they are outdoors.
Threat: Red Imported Fire Ants
Anyone who has been stung by fire ants will tell you, it hurts! These pain-causing pests are found in the southern United States from Maryland to Texas and on the west coast as well.
Summer is the time to marvel at many insects in nature as fireflies, dragonflies, ladybugs and others grace us with their welcoming presence. The presence of other insects, however, calls for education, protection, and preventative action. For more information on how to protect your family from summer's unwelcome insects, contact a lawn care expert.