How to protect yourself from summer pests

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – While most people aren’t the biggest fans of the summer heat, some bugs and insects become much more active in hot, humid weather.

It has pest control experts like Matt Christensen buckled up for a busy summer managing these pests.

“Every insect is different,” Christensen said.

“Ant activity from spring through summer will still be pretty intense throughout the summer. You’ve got stinging insects. They’re going to be a big part of our calls going forward. Everything from paper wasps to bees through the hornets.

Christensen has been in the pest control industry for 22 years, working at several companies, including Truly Nolan in Lexington.

He saw the ants and bees coming in force with the heat that started this summer.

There are also pests in the mix that he calls “occasional invaders” that become more active to avoid the summer heat.

“Beetles, crickets. I have seen an increase in earwigs. They seek out cool, moist areas and can enter your home through expansion cracks,” Christensen said.

When it comes to keeping these pests out of your home, Christensen stresses the importance of checking window and door frames for any cracks the insects can slip through.

If you find any, have them sealed immediately.

Humidity also plays a role in the activity of insects, especially mosquitoes.

Christensen recommends long-sleeved clothing to protect the skin as much as possible and insect repellent as the best defenses.

However, when it comes to using stronger quality insecticides, Christensen has issued a caution if you use them without the help of a professional.

“Read labels carefully. Follow the specific instructions. If they ask for a specific amount with water, don’t double or triple it. This can create problems where you overexpose yourself and your family to harsh chemicals. They are poisons,” Christensen said.

The Fayette County Health Department will be spraying mosquitoes Thursday, July 7, from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. in parts of Lexington due to high numbers of mosquitoes collected in monitoring traps.

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