Your Ultimate Guide to Bees and Wasps Commonly Encountered During Late Summer
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. 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.
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. 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. 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 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. 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. Bumble bees can sting multiple times unlike honey bees which only sting once because of their barbed stinger lodging in the skin causing tearing of their bodies and their death, but bees rarely sting unless they are severely provoked because of their passive nature. 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. Just keep still and stay calm when a wasp or bee is flying around to prevent being attacked.