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Your Ultimate Guide to Pesky Bugs, Bees, and Wasps Commonly Encountered During Late Summer in Washington

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. You can determine and control problems and avoid unwanted sting by learning the differences between bees and wasps.

Aphids is one of the most common species of insects found in Washington, which is usually found in fruit trees. These bugs don’t really harm the fruit itself, although it can reduce the fruit size and it can also damage the longevity of the fruit tree. There are fewer fruits harmed with the presence of other beneficial insects such as beetles, parasitic wasps, and syrphid flies by stinging and laying their eggs on aphids. It is important to identify these beneficial insects so you can use them to remove aphids from your fruit trees by planting specific flowers in your yard, and some legumes and asters under your fruit tree, and not using too much pesticide to conserve these insects. Silverfish are also commonly found in Washington, which is wingless and nocturnal bugs, sticking in dark and warm areas of the house, and can live for months even without food. You can also find in yards and gardens Buffalo Treehoppers which are small, color green, harmless and with wings and bison-like heads. The largest type of ants in North America is found in Washington which is called Carpenter ants, know for biting humans with their large jaws for eating bugs and shaving timber. Giant water bugs are very big and color dark brown, living in muddy water, so be careful because you might encounter them when you swim in a lake and find them pinching your toes.

The most common types of bees in Washington are bumble bee and honey bee, feeding on pollen and nectar, and they help in the pollination of flowering plants through their foraging activity. Bees rarely sting unless they are severely provoked because of their passive nature, and bumble bees can sting multiple times, unlike honey bees which only sting once because their barbed stinger lodge in the skin causing tearing of their bodies and eventually their death. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent being stung by bees and wasps such as avoiding wearing colognes, lotions, perfumes, and hair products; avoiding wearing flower-patterned and bright-colored clothing; keeping food and drinks covered when eating outdoors; and cleaning and disposing food and garbage appropriately. To prevent being attacked, it is best to just keep still and stay calm when a wasp or bee is flying around because swatting may just cause it to sting.