people-1560569_1920It’s summer, and that means everyone is spending more time outdoors. Now that the kids are out of school, they’re ready to get outside and enjoy summer activities. While many of Florida’s insects are harmless, there are a few that you don’t want your kids making friends with. Before your kids head outdoors for summer fun, make them aware of pests to avoid. Tampa pest control experts recommend steering clear of these four unfriendly insects.

  • Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites are annoying and itchy, but that’s not the worst part. These insects can spread a lot of dangerous diseases, like West Nile virus or Zika virus. To control mosquitoes on your property, drain any standing water to keep mosquitoes from breeding. Make sure your kids cover their skin with clothing before they head outdoors. Teach them to put on insect repellant before they go out to play.

  • Fire Ants

If you’ve ever had a run in with fire ants, you know they’re bad news. These aggressive ants are well-known for their painful, burning stings. The pain can last for a while, which can put quite a damper on your kids’ summer fun. Before your kids head out to play, teach them how to avoid fire ants. Usually, fire ant nests look like visible mounds of dirt, so tell your kids not to play near mounds of dirt in the lawn.

  • Stinging Pests

Stinging pests like bees and wasps can ruin a fun summer day in a hurry. Kids who try to make friends with a bee or wasp could end up with a painful sting. For kids who are allergic, stings can be very dangerous. Bees and wasps sting when they’re provoked. Getting too close to a nest or swatting at stinging pests can make them feel like they need to defend themselves. Teach your kids to keep their distance from stinging pests.

  • Ticks

The warm weather of the Southeast is a prime habitat for a number of different kinds of ticks. Ticks hang out in long grass or other foliage and wait for people or animals to brush up against them. Then, they latch on and feed on our blood. Since ticks can carry diseases, their bites are a big concern. Long-sleeved shirts and pants can help protect your kids from tick bites. Light colored clothing is best since it makes spotting ticks easier. Once your kids come inside for the night, check their skin for ticks.

This summer, your kids are bound to make some new friends. Hopefully, none of these potentially dangerous pests are included. To learn more ways to protect your whole family from pests, contact the Tampa pest control experts at Apex today.