Summer has finally arrived, and both the weather and barbecue season are heating up. Friends and family will gather to enjoy the warmer weather, blooming trees and burgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill, but there are some unwanted guests that could crash the party – stinging insects, fire ants, mosquitoes, flies and ants.
“Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room every year,” said Nader’s Pest Expert Charlie Jones. “These pests are not just a nuisance. In addition to their painful stings, they can pose a real danger to those who suffer from allergic reactions.”
Nader’s Pest Raiders has put together information on these barbecue pests and tips for homeowners to declare their independence from pests.
This group includes wasps, yellow jackets and hornets. These pests should all be given a wide berth as they may attack for no reason and are social stingers, meaning they will attack in large numbers if they perceive danger.
Red Imported Fire Ants
Look for fire ants in their signature tall mounds found in landscaped areas, or around or near the foundation of a home. If their nest is disturbed, fire ants will painfully sting their victims multiple times in a matter of seconds, leaving behind red welts.
One of summer’s most notorious pests, mosquitoes are best known for the painful, itchy red bumps they leave behind on their victims; however, this summer stinger can also transmit diseases like Zika Virus, West Nile Virus or Encephalitis.
Mostly considered a nuisance pest, house flies can also transmit bacteria from one food source to another.
Common types of ants found in and around homes this time of year are argentine ants, carpenter ants and odorous house ants, and they are all in a constant search for food making your outdoor barbeque very appealing.
To keep uninvited guests away from your next barbecue, experts recommend to: