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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. In Washington, bees and wasps are usually encountered during late summer when they’re more active and most abundant. Bees and wasps have a vital role most especially as pest predators and as pollinators. Before going outdoors, it is important to increase awareness and understanding about the differences between bees and wasps helps in identifying and controlling potential problems and preventing unwanted sting.

One of the most common species of insects found in Washington is aphids, which are 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. 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. 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 wingless and nocturnal which is 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. 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 commonly found bees in Washington are bumble bee and honey bee, feeding on pollen and nectar. 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. In order to avoid being attacked by bees and wasps, it is important to do the following: avoiding wearing colognes, lotions, perfumes, and hair products; keeping food and drinks covered when eating outdoors; avoiding wearing flower-patterned and bright-colored clothing; 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.