Camping with Crazy Insects
18 Jul 2016
If you are like many southern Californians, when summer hits you are itching to get outside and start camping. There are thousands of great places to set up camp, but being outside means sharing your space with insects. Bull’s Eye Pest Control wants to you to be aware of which insects want to make your trip miserable.
Freaky Fire Ants:
These nasty red ants invaded southern California in 1998. Since then they have spread throughout most of the state. Fire ants have a unique attack plan, they swarm your legs and then all coordinate to bite you at the same time. The best way to keep fire ants at bay is to pay attention to where you pitch your tent. If you see ant hills, it is time to find a better spot.
First off, ticks aren’t insects, they are arachnids. Ticks are nasty because they imbed their heads into your skin and gorge on your blood. Ticks are scary because they transmit terrible diseases. Anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are just a few of the illnesses packed around by these little arachnids. Your best defense is wearing the right clothing. Ticks only climb upwards, so if you eliminate areas of your clothing where they can crawl up into, you will reduce your chances of getting a tick. You will also want to check your body for ticks at the end of the day. If you get one, use tweezers to remove it. Grab the tick as close your skin as possible and pull it straight out.
People who get bit swear that no-see-ums have a chainsaw for a mouth. Unfortunately it would take a microscope to find out if that was true, because these little gnats are tiny. They are so small that they can fly through the spaces in your window screens. No-see-ums love to bite you along your hair line, but any bit of your skin will do in a pinch. They live in areas with a lot of clay and alkaline soils. California’s central valley is their favorite stomping ground. If you are getting pestered by no-see-ums, bring along some good insect repellent.
No-see-ums don’t transmit diseases; mosquitoes on the other hand are the vector villains for viruses and bacteria. Mosquitoes spread some of the worst disease around, some are even life threatening. Mosquitoes have killed more humans than any war. The best defense against mosquitoes is to wear long clothing. Make certain you have a loose fitting shirt that covers your arms. Use repellents on any exposed skin.
Keep on Camping
If you take a few precautions, no insect or arachnid will be able to ruin your camping trip. With the right clothing and gear, you and your family will be able to enjoy the wondrous outdoors that only Southern California can offer.
Murrieta, CA 92562