Every year, as the temperature rises the bugs come out. A survey conducted by Orkin in 2012 found that 67 percent of those who participated in the study began to see more bugs between April and June. It’s not just you noticing it, the experts witness it too! As the summer continues to heat up there are a few pests that you should keep an eye out for. Here are five summer pests that can be dangerous to you and your family.


Ants can be a threat year round but during the summer months they can be more abundant than usual. These tiny creatures can enter your home through the tiniest cracks and are hard to remove once they’ve found a way in. Carpenters ants can be damaging to the structure of your home, pharaoh ants spread disease and fire ants can be dangerous to those who are allergic.

To protect your home from ants browse large open areas in and around your property because this is where they love to make their home. To prevent them from making there way into your home clean up and spill food or crumbs. Also rinse out cans before putting them into the trash outside. Seal up all openings around your home as well.


Mosquitoes are known to pack an itchy bit and carry dangerous diseases. To keep them from clustering around your home there’s a number of things you can do. Empty any containers holding standing water. Wear long sleeves or pants around dawn and dusk, these are prime mosquito hours. Make sure the screens on your windows and doors are sealed up tightly.

Bees and Wasps

Two pests that can be painfully dangerous are bees and wasps. Wasps can sting multiple times when they come into contact with a threat and bees sting once. These pests are terribly dangerous to those who can suffer severe reactions to stings. There are a few things you can do to keep them away from your home. Look around your home often for nests. Keep food containers sealed outdoors and garbage cans empty. If you find a hive or nest around your home contact your local pest control company.

Bed Bugs

Although they aren’t particular a summer pest, its very common for Americans to vacation in the summer months and bring home this unwanted visitor in their luggage. Whenever you and your family go on vacation be vigilant. Inspect your hotel room and your bedroom upon arrival. Also inspect your luggage and immediately wash your clothes as soon as you get home.