Your Ultimate Guide to Bees and Wasps Commonly Encountered During Late Summer
In Washington, spending summer outdoors may also mean getting to know tons of bugs and pests while you walk, so it helps to learn more about the most common bugs and pests in Washington so you are prepared for the upcoming season. Bees and wasps are usually encountered during late summer in Washington 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. By learning the differences between bees and wasps helps in identifying and controlling potential problems and preventing unwanted sting.
Aphids is one of the most common species of insects found in Washington, which is 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. You’ll find beneficial insects in Washington such as beetles, parasitic wasps, and syrphid flies, so bugs can sting and lay eggs on aphids for fewer harmed fruits. 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 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. In Washington, you’ll find the largest type of ants in North America, and you need to be careful with them because they have very 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.
Bumble bee and honey bee are the most commonly found bees in Washington, feeding on pollen and nectar. Bees rarely sting unless they are severely provoked because of their passive nature, and a honey bee usually sting just once. Do not attract bees and wasps by avoiding wearing flower-patterned and bright-colored clothing; avoiding wearing colognes, lotions, perfumes, and hair products; 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.