Summer brings picnics at the park, pool days with friends, and unfortunately, pesky insects. Working in the field, you understand that it is impossible to avoid encounters with the common summer insects. Without the knowledge on how to prevent and treat an encounter with one of these insects, a bite or a sting can cause a damper on your once pleasant, summer day.

Bees

Places they live: Anywhere where flowers bloom, woodlands, orchards, meadows

Symptoms of a sting: Skin reactions, redness, mild to moderate swelling 

Treatments for a sting: Applying honey, toothpaste, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar to the affected area

Wasps

Places they live: Urban/suburban settings, playgrounds, cemeteries 

Symptoms of a sting: Sharp pain, burning, redness, swelling, itching 

Treatments for a sting: Clean infected area, apply an ice pack, apply vinegar to infected area 

 

Spiders

Places they live: Inside where moisture and food is available, basements, garages, storage spaces, wooded areas

Symptoms of a sting: Swelling, numbness, tingling, itchy 

Treatments for a sting: Apply an ice pack, do not scratch bite, clean the bite to avoid infection 

 

Mosquitos

Places they live: Stagnant water including ponds, marshes, swamps, wetland habitats 

Symptoms of a sting: Raised, red, itchy bump

Treatments for a sting: Avoid itching, apply ice, wash with soap and water, apply calamine lotion or anti-itch cream 

 

Ticks

Places they live: Grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. 

Symptoms of a sting: With a tick carrying a disease, you will experience nausea, weakness, fever, chills, red spot or rash near bite site, neck stiffness, headaches, muscle or joint pain, swollen lymph nodes

Treatments for a sting: Use tweezers and remove the tick closest to your skin surface. For a non-diseased tick, be sure to clean the bite site with soap and water

 

 Black Flies and Horse Flies 

Places they live: Moisture heavy areas like rivers, creeks, swamps, etc.  

Symptoms of a sting: Swelling, itchiness, redness, lymph node swelling, skin rash

Treatments for a sting: Apply ice to the area and consistently wash the bite with warm water and soap 

 

Spotted Lantern Fly

Spotted Lanternflies are becoming a frightening topic in the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and Virginia. Spotted Lanternflies were first discovered and are native to China, India, and Vietnam. This species is known as sap sucking insects who feed on the juices of plants and trees. Once a tree or plant is infested with Spotted Lanternflies, they quickly start to whittle away and produce a grayish, black ooze along the tree trunk. Trees are also used as a place for female Spotted Lanternflies to lay their eggs. Major industries are being affected by Spotted Lanternflies, including fruit farms and wineries. The United States Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to end the spread of this species. It is important to understand what to do when you come in contact with this species and how to prevent the spread.

What you can do

  • Look before you leave: make sure to inspect your vehicle and outdoor items before you move around them.
  • Exterminate them on sight.
  • If you find a Spotted Lanternfly egg mass, make sure to double bag them and throw them away.
  • Spray your tree with a foliar insecticide to rid your tree of Spotted Lanternflies.

 

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Stop Bugging Me
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Summer brings picnics at the park, pool days with friends, and unfortunately, pesky insects. Working in the field, you understand that it is impossible to avoid encounters with the common summer insects. Without the knowledge on how to prevent and treat an encounter with one of these insects, a bite or a sting can cause a damper on your once pleasant, summer day.
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