Transcript for 5 common but dangerous bugs to avoid when outdoors this summer
Today's "Weekend download," lots of us are lookng forward to getting outside, but we have to be mindful of tiny pests that can threaten the good times. I recently spoke with an expert. Listen. Joining us is Dr. Jim Fredericks, an entomologist. Dr. Fredericks, good morning to you. Thanks for being with us. Lots of bugs and insects out there this time of year. Let's start with mosquitos. What should we expect this season? Any time we have a wet, warm spring and summer, we should expert lots of mosquitos. Mosquito bites are annoying. They also transmit disease, not the least would be west nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis. Check around your property and remove standing water and make sure you're wearing insect repellant. We recommend 20% deet. Let's turn to ticks. I have a dog that likes to get into the bushes. Tell us about the threat we expect this year. The mild winter has resulted in large tick populations going into the spring and summer. It's estimated up to 30,000 people get Lyme disease each year. That's just what's reported to the CDC. Let's turn to flying insects, things like wasps, hornets, yellow jackets. What do we do about that? When you're outside, cover up food. That could be attractive to stinging insects and serve beverages in cups. Those giant cicadas. We've been seeing them up and down the east coast and mid atlantic. What are you expecting in the summer months? Right now much of the eastern U.S. Is experiencing billions of them. These bugs don't cause harm. They don't bite or sting. I would expect the cicadas to be gone by midjuly. Gentle giants of the insect world. Doctor, thank you for your time. Thank you. I don't know why I'm itchy all of a sudden. What is that? It was a fly. There was a fly. Coming up, rob is in lake
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