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Your Ultimate Guide to Pesky Bugs, Bees, and Wasps Commonly Encountered During Late Summer in Washington

Spending summer outdoors in Washington may also mean dealing with tons of bugs and pests while you walk, but you don’t have to be bothered because it helps to learn more about the most common bugs and pests so you’re prepared for the upcoming season. In Washington, bees and wasps are usually encountered during late summer when they’re more active and most abundant. Bees and wasps play a vital role in the eco system, serving as pest predators and as pollinators. You can determine and control problems and avoid unwanted sting by learning the differences between bees and wasps.

Aphids is one of the most common species of insects found in Washington, which is usually found in fruit trees. These bugs don’t harm the fruit itself, although it can reduce its size and it can damage the longevity of the fruit tree. There are fewer fruits harmed with the presence of other beneficial insects such as beetles, parasitic wasps, and syrphid flies by stinging and laying their eggs on aphids. 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 common types of bees in Washington are bumble bee and honey bee, feeding on pollen and nectar, and they help in the pollination of flowering plants through their foraging activity. Bees rarely sting unless they are severely provoked because of their passive nature, and bumble bees can sting multiple times, unlike honey bees which only sting once because their barbed stinger lodge in the skin causing tearing of their bodies and eventually their death. In order to avoid being attacked by bees and wasps, it is important to do the following: avoiding wearing colognes, lotions, perfumes, and hair products; keeping food and drinks covered when eating outdoors; avoiding wearing flower-patterned and bright-colored clothing; and cleaning and disposing food and garbage appropriately. To prevent being attacked, it is best to just keep still and stay calm when a wasp or bee is flying around because swatting may just cause it to sting.