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As we’ve discussed recently, honey bees can actually be very helpful. For example, about 1/3 of all food consumed in the U.S. can be attributed to pollination from the honey bee, according to the USDA. That’s about $15 billion in crops each year!
It’s summertime and the bees are buzzing! Now, when most of us see bees or any of their stinging brethren, we instantly think, “Run away!” And if you are near a nest, that’s the right reaction to have, especially if you’re allergic.
The summer is the ideal season to spend time outside. Unfortunately, there are insects out there ready to prey on any unsuspecting soul. Their bites not only cause itching and irritation, a major distraction from your fun activities, but they are also hazardous to your long term health, especially if you don’t address them immediately.
Summer’s here and that means all the flying, buzzing, annoying things are starting to come out. Chief among them are mosquitos.
Here at EcoCare we love The Beatles! Yes, we know that’s the world famous British pop band. But we’re also interested in beetles. You know, the kind creep crawly kind. June 25th is actually Global Beatles Day, and we thought it’d be a good time to discuss some of the 115 beetle species you might see in Maryland, which ones are good, which ones are bad, and which ones are just plain ugly.
We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about insects that are dangerous or at least a nuisance, but there are actually a few good bugs to have around! There are many insects that help control the populations of other insects, and since May is a great time to do some planting, here are a few things you can put in your garden or around your house to attract the good bug.
Of all the insects to become active in Spring, few are as dangerous as ticks. Ticks are mostly known for carrying and transmitting Lyme disease, though they actually can infect humans and pets with several different, debilitating diseases.
We recently talked about all the different types of spiders you might encounter in Maryland. Luckily, most of them are relatively harmless. Most spider bites cause minor bruising or swelling. But not all of them! Some spider bites may require immediate medical attention—as in a trip to the emergency room!
Ants are one of the more prevalent and hard to get rid of pests you might encounter in your yard or home. Surprisingly, there are a wide variety of ants that inhabit Maryland, some of which are relatively harmless and some of which can do significant damage to your home or even hurt you.