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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. Bees and wasps are usually encountered during late summer in Washington when they’re more active and most abundant. Bees and wasps have a vital role most especially as pest predators and as pollinators. Before going outdoors, it is important to increase awareness and understanding about the differences between bees and wasps helps in identifying and controlling potential problems and preventing unwanted sting.

One of the most common species of insects found in Washington is aphids, which are 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. 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. It is important to identify these beneficial insects so you can use them to remove aphids from your fruit trees by planting specific flowers in your yard, and some legumes and asters under your fruit tree, and not using too much pesticide to conserve these insects. Silverfish are also commonly found in Washington and they tend to stick in dark and warm areas of the house. You can also find in yards and gardens Buffalo Treehoppers which are small, color green, harmless and with wings and bison-like heads. Carpenter ants are the largest type of ants in North America found in Washington, and they have large 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 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. 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.