Common Pests That Bite In Wisconsin
Summer means spending time outdoors enjoying the weather, but it also means that more pests will be around as well. Whether you’re enjoying a summer picnic or just taking a walk in the park, you’ll want to be on the lookout for common Wisconsin pests, and know how to protect yourself from their bites. From mosquitoes to ticks, these critters can make your summer a lot less enjoyable with itchy and irritated skin. Learn about them all below, so you know what to watch out for!
Mosquitoes are perhaps the most well-known summer pest and for good reason. Not only are their bites incredibly itchy and annoying, but they can also transmit disease. In Wisconsin, mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, which can cause serious illness in humans. Apply an insect repellent to all areas of your skin that will be exposed while you’re outside, and you’ll want to reapply regularly if you see mosquitoes flying near your skin.
Ticks are another summer pest that can pose a serious health risk. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, which needs to be treated immediately. Ticks can be found in wooded or tall grassy areas, so be sure to avoid these places if possible or take precautions such as wearing long pants, and using insect repellent if you must go into them.
While most spiders are not harmful to humans, there are a few species that can cause serious problems if their bites are not treated properly. In Wisconsin, the two most common harmful spiders are the black widow and the brown recluse. Both of these spiders can cause serious illness if their bites are not treated. If you suspect you have been bitten by either of these spiders, seek medical attention immediately. More commonly with spider bites, you’ll experience a red mark that will last 1-2 days where the site will itch and be inflamed.
If you have consistently been seeing spiders in your home, it’s time to contact a professional for help. At K&C Pest Control, we can help to treat your home and prevent them from coming back.
Hornet and wasp stings can be painful and, in some cases, cause serious allergic reactions. If you are allergic to hornet or wasp stings, it is important to carry an EpiPen with you at all times during the summer in case you are stung. Even if you are not allergic, it is still important to seek medical attention if you are stung multiple times or if the swelling from the sting does not go down after a few hours.
Be cautious of hives that surround your home. If you do have a bee/wasp hive, contact a professional for help!
Centipedes and Millipedes
Although centipedes and millipedes are not commonly known for biting humans, they still can and some species carry venom causing serious allergic reactions. These pests are often found in damp, dark places such as basements or crawl spaces. If you spot them in your home, be sure to remove them as soon as possible.
Summertime is a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather, but it’s also important to learn about pest bites that come with spending time in nature. By being aware of these common summer pests and taking proper precautions, you can help make sure that your summer is bite-free! If you need any help, or want advice on how to protect yourself from them, give us a call – we’re happy to help!