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With spring and summer quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare for the summer months. While we’ll have hot weather and pool days, summer will also bring some dangerous bugs. Reader’s Digest compiled a list of the top 10 dangerous bugs to avoid during summer 2018, and the list is bad news for Arizonans: All of the insects are native to our state. The team at Insectek wants to help you avoid these insects, so here are our tips for spotting the top five bugs on the list.

1. Black Widow Spider

Black widow spiders are some of the most venomous insects in North America. If you’re bitten by a black widow spider, it’s important to get to a hospital as soon as you can. They’re identifiable by the red markings on its underside.

2. Tarantula Spider

While some people keep tarantula spiders as pets, their bites are venomous. If you’re bitten by a tarantula, you likely won’t see any long-lasting effects, but it won’t be pleasant. You can spot tarantulas thanks to their furry appearance.

3. Africanized Bee

The Africanized bee is sometimes called the killer bee, even though its venom isn’t more dangerous than a regular bee. The reason you want to avoid these bees is because they’re highly aggressive. They’re hard to identify, but you can usually spot them based on their aggressive behavior.

4. Mosquitoes

You’ve likely been bitten by a mosquito at some point in your life, so you know just how annoying their bites can be. If you want to avoid mosquito bites, look out for small, buzzing fly-looking insects.

5. Red Fire Ants

Red fire ants are native to South America, but they’re found all over the U.S. Fire ants cause stinging and itching, and you could have an allergic reaction due to their bites. Watch out for mounds of ants, which often appear in grass.

Wasps, brown recluse spiders, scorpions, ticks, centipedes, and millipedes also made the list. If you want to make sure these bugs stay away, contact Insectek for help. We’re the top pest control company in southwestern Arizona for a reason — we prioritize customer service every step of the way. Give us a call at (602) 795-7850 or fill out our evaluation form.

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