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

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. Bees and wasps have a vital role most especially as pest predators and as pollinators. By learning the differences between bees and wasps helps in identifying and controlling potential problems and preventing unwanted sting.

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. You’ll find beneficial insects in Washington such as beetles, parasitic wasps, and syrphid flies, so bugs can sting and lay eggs on aphids for fewer harmed fruits. For removing aphids from your fruit trees, avoid using too much pesticide, and attract these beneficial insects by planting specific flowers in your yard, and some legumes and asters under your fruit tree. Silverfish are also commonly found in Washington and they tend to stick in dark and warm areas of the house. The Buffalo Treehopper is small, color green, with wings, and harmless found outdoors most especially in gardens. In Washington, you’ll find the largest type of ants in North America, and you need to be careful with them because they have very jaws for biting humans, eating bugs and shaving timber. When you go swimming in a lake, you might encounter the giant water bug pinching your toes because they live in muddy floor, and they are very big and color dark brown.

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 a honey bee usually sting just once. Do not attract bees and wasps by avoiding wearing flower-patterned and bright-colored clothing; avoiding wearing colognes, lotions, perfumes, and hair products; 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.