10 Most Common Insects You'll See This Summer

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The Top 10 Most Common Summer Insects

Has this ever happened to you? It’s a quiet summer evening, and you’re relaxing on the porch. You reach over to grab your drink, and instead you almost knock it over in surprise. Why? Because there’s a huge, ugly, frightening looking bug right next to it!


What’s that bug? Is it dangerous? Is there cause for concern? One of the best ways to cut down on summer pests around your home is professional home pest control program. Still, you’re bound to run into the occasional bug come summertime.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 most common summer insects that you’ll encounter over the summer months.

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1. Bed Bugs

According to the EPA, bed bugs have been around for a long time. They live in our sheets and comforters, and they’re known for being a huge nuisance. Their bites are incredibly itchy. Plus, getting rid of them can be a huge challenge. While it’s a myth that they transmit disease, they’re still considered a public health threat by the EPA. 


2. Spiders

Here in South Carolina, spiders come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Depending on the environmental conditions, you may run into black widows, brown recluses, common house spiders, Carolina wolf spiders, black & yellow garden spiders, and more. Black widows and brown recluses are particularly dangerous: in fact, the venom from a black widow is 15 times more powerful than that of a rattlesnake!


3. Ants

fireant2There are a wide variety of ant species out there. Some, like sugar ants, are a simple nuisance: they spend their time looking for sweets inside your home, but are incapable of biting. Others, such as the crazy ant (which gets it name from its frantic behavior), can actually chew through electrical wiring. In some places, they’ve even caused blackouts! Fire ants can be a real problem here in South Carolina, too: their bites are incredibly painful.


4. Bees, Hornets, and Wasps

When you see a bee, there’s usually little cause for concern. Most types of bees are quite docile, even when swarming. However, don’t mistake a hornet, wasp, or yellow jacket for a bee. While similar in appearance, these insects can be incredibly aggressive. Their stings can result in serious allergic reactions, too, some of which require medical attention.


5. Termites

termitesWhen it comes to home pest control, many homeowners are simply looking to eliminate a nuisance. Termites, though, are much more than just a bother. In fact, they’re known to cause literally billions of dollars in property damage each and every year. Termites feed on the wood structure of your home, and repairing the damage that they cause can be both expensive and time consuming.


6. Mosquitoes

We tend to think of mosquitoes as one of the most bothersome insects around: it’s hard to spend a summer evening out and about without getting at least one mosquito bite. That said, they’re also known to carry dangerous diseases. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, more than 60 cases of Zika virus have been confirmed statewide. Mosquitoes can also transmit heartworms in pets, making it important to minimize their presence in and around your home with the help of the right pest control company.


7. Ticks

tick2One of the worst things about ticks is how challenging they can be to detect. If you pick up a tick (or three, or four) while out for a hike or doing yard work, you may not even realize that you have one. For this reason, it’s important to make a habit of checking yourself for ticks after spending time outdoors. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, but removing them immediately can reduce your risk of contracting it.


 8. Centipedes and Millipedes

Centipedes and millipedes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. While they can be interesting to observe, it’s best to keep your distance. That’s because both centipedes and millipedes carry venom, and their bites can cause serious allergic reactions. 


9. Roaches

Everyone agrees: roaches are unpleasant creatures. Whether it’s the German cockroach (measuring around ½” in length) or the American cockroach (which can grow up to 2” long), they’re an unpleasant thing to have in the home. The World Health Organization has determined that they’re capable of spreading disease as well, making them potentially dangerous.


10. Cicadas

cicada2Cicadas only come out of their underground burrows once every 17 years, and 2017 was a big cicada year. With that in mind, we’re unlikely to see many more of them until 2034. When they do come out, though, they can be an incredibly noisy nuisance.



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Written By: Home Pest

May 1, 2018

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