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Summer Pest Trivia

June 30, 2014

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In the summertime, many of us get up close and personal with summer insects, whether we want to or not! That means that even without realizing it, we’ve all gained a little more experience with summertime bugs which can help us be a little more savvy when it comes to dealing with these pests. Think you know more than the average Joe about summer pests? We’ve created a little trivia game to test your knowledge about the pests that plague us during the warmer months of the year! Test your bug knowledge now and see how much you really know about those obnoxious summer pests.

  1. What diseases are mosquitoes known to transmit?

  2. Do ticks bite humans?

  3. What insect is considered the most dangerous animal on the planet?

  4. What is the number one nuisance pest in the US?

  5. Where do mosquitoes breed?

  6. What insect transmits Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

  7. How can you keep pets from being bitten by ticks?

  8. What are two of the most effective ingredients that can be found in insect repellents?

Think you’ve got the right answers? Here are our best answers for these summertime pest questions!

  1. What diseases are mosquitoes known to transmit? Although there are several, the most well known disease transmitted by mosquitoes is West Nile virus. But other correct answers may include different forms of encephalitis, Dengue fever, Malaria, Rift Valley fever and Yellow fever.

  2. Do ticks bite humans? Yes! They are also known for biting your cats and dogs, but they like humans equally as well.

  3. What insect is considered the most deadly animal on the planet? This would be the mosquito! This insect is known for killing more than 750,000 people a year! Way more than sharks, tigers, lions and other creatures you might consider deadly!

  4. What is the number one nuisance pest in the US? This would be the ant. There are many different types that invade homes, including the pavement ant, the sugar ant and the carpenter ant among others.

  5. Where do mosquitoes breed? Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, so if you have any kind of standing water on your property, you may have a mosquito breeding zone.

  6. What insect transmits Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? The blacklegged or deer tick transmits these dangerous diseases.

  7. How can you keep pets from being bitten by ticks? You can use a veterinarian approved tick treatment on your pets monthly- you can also keep your pets out of areas with long grass or a lot of vegetation and when you go for a hike, keep your pet in the center of the trail.

  8. What are two of the most effective ingredients that can be found in insect repellents? When choosing an insect repellent, go for one that contains DEET or Picaridin; both of these ingredients are known for helping to ward off nuisance summer pests, including ticks and mosquitoes.

If you have been dealing with any of these summertime pests, make sure to alert your local pest control pros before the problem worsens. Happy summer!



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