Summertime means warm weather, and if you’re like most homeowners, that means it’s the season to wage war against the summer pests of Southern California such as ants, bees, and mosquitoes. Taking care of bug problems in the summer can be a huge hassle, but it can be manageable if you take a proactive approach rather than a reactive one. Follow some of the tips below about common bugs in the SoCal area and how to prevent them from getting into your house this summer.

Some of the most common summer pests you’re likely to encounter are mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and ants. Follow these tips at home and on vacation to help protect yourself from the issues that these pests can cause.

Bees, Wasps and Other Stinging Insects

Yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging summer insects can leave a painful and swollen mark on their victims, depending on how the person reacts.

Stinging Insect Protection Tips

  • Do not swat at stinging insects, as sudden movements may cause them to become aggressive. Try to remain calm and still if possible.
  • Wear shoes outdoors, especially in grassy areas.
  • Keep trash cans tightly covered.
  • Avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes, as that can attract these stinging insects, especially bees.
  • Seek immediate medical help if you experience a severe reaction to being stung, especially if you notice swelling in your face, tongue or throat.

Ants

Ants are perhaps the most common pest of all summer bugs. They do like to frequent picnics and poolside parties where food is served, but can also be found in many other places.

Ant Protection Tips

  • Keep your kitchen free of crumbs and spills.
  • Have trees and shrubs trimmed away from the home.
  • Properly seal cracks and small holes in the exterior of your home.

Mosquitoes

The bite of this common summer insect is usually harmless, but mosquitoes can also carry pathogens that may cause disease.

Mosquito Protection Tips

  • Apply insect repellent (be sure to choose the right one).
  • If possible, avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are typically most active.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs when possible.
  • Make sure that all window screens have a snug fit. Repair or replace any torn screens.
  • Clean up areas on your property where rain or water pools, as mosquitoes breed in standing water.

Taking a few simple precautions will help you avoid encountering these Southern Califonia summer bugs and pests.