A Guide to Pesky Bugs, Bees, and Wasps Commonly Encountered During Late Summer
Spending your summer outdoors in Washington can be bothersome, so allow us to help you learn more about the most common bugs and pests so you are better prepared for the upcoming season. In Washington, bees and wasps are usually encountered during late summer when they’re more active and most abundant. These stinging insects play a vital role in our ecological cycle, serving as pollinators and pest predators. You can determine and control problems and avoid unwanted sting by learning the differences between bees and wasps.
Aphids are usually found in fruit trees, and they’re one of the most common species of insects found in the Washington State. These bugs do not harm the fruit itself but it can damage the longevity of the fruit tree. In the state of Washington, you’ll find beneficial insects such as beetles, parasitic wasps, and syrphid flies, so bugs can sting and lay eggs on aphids for fewer harmed fruits. In order to remove aphids from your fruit trees, you can attract these beneficial insects by planting specific flowers, and some legumes and asters under your fruit tree. Silverfish are wingless and nocturnal which is also commonly found in Washington and they tend to stick in dark and warm areas of the house. The Buffalo Treehoppers are small, color green, harmless with bison-like heads, and are usually found outdoors most especially in gardens. The largest type of ants in North America is found in Washington which is called Carpenter ants, know for biting humans with their large jaws for eating bugs and shaving timber. Giant water bugs are very big and color dark brown, living in muddy water.
The most commonly found bees in Washington are bumble bee and honey bee, feeding on pollen and nectar. Bees rarely sting unless they are severely provoked because of their passive nature, and a honey bee usually sting just once. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent being stung by bees and wasps such as avoiding wearing colognes, lotions, perfumes, and hair products; avoiding wearing flower-patterned and bright-colored clothing; keeping food and drinks covered when eating outdoors; and cleaning and disposing food and garbage appropriately. You just need to keep still and stay calm when a wasp or bee is flying around to prevent being attacked because swatting may just cause it to sting.