The hot and humid late summer weather in San Antonio is great for going to the beach, but it also lures insect pests out of their hidden lairs, forcing humans and insects to try and coexist. Unfortunately, some of the insect pests that emerge are a serious nuisance and sometimes even deadly to humans. The city of San Antonio plays host to a number of insect pests that fly around your head or onto your food during a picnic, will cover you in painful stings, take bites out of your skin in order to consume your blood, and are just a general pain in the butt to have around. What are the worst insect pests you need to watch out for in San Antonio? Here’s a few in particular that you need to keep an eye on.
You probably already guessed that mosquitoes would be on this list. They’ve pretty much taken over the entire country, slowly spreading deadly diseases we usually see ravaging poorer regions like Africa such as West Nile fever, malaria, and the Zika virus to the unwitting American public. Since they can breed in as little as a bottle cap of water, they are almost impossible to get rid of. All you can really do is make sure you wear personal protection such as bug spray and long sleeves and pants when you go outside and try to eliminate any standing water around your house.
Wasps are also a dangerous insect pest common in San Antonio that people need to be mindful of during this time of year. They might disappear in the winter, but come summer they are out in full swing, rebuilding their nests, increasing their population, and fiercely protecting their colony if someone should happen to come too close to the nest. Being attacked by wasps is no picnic due to their smooth stingers that allow them to repeatedly sting their foes. People allergic to bee stings need to be extra careful, as those repeated stings can cause much worse allergic reactions and even Anaphylactic shock. Have a pest control professional remove any wasp nest/s you spot on or near your home, and make sure to clean the area afterwards with an ammonia-based cleanser to remove any pheromones the wasps might have left behind. If you don’t, they will just come back and build a new nest in the exact same spot next year.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg. Numerous other insect pests invade San Antonio every year and make the resident humans miserable with their presence. Other pests to watch out for are ants, cockroaches, and spiders, black widows and brown recluse spiders in particular.
What warm weather insect pest/s have you had the misfortune to come across this year?