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Playing Outside with the Kids? Watch Out for These 3 Pests

Playing Outside with the Kids? Watch Out for These 3 Pests

Spending time outdoors with your kids is one of the great joys of summertime. But hot weather also means potentially harmful pests may be hanging around in your yard. When you're playing outside with your kids, be sure to watch out for the following three pests to prevent any injuries to yourself and your children.


Wasps can be found nearly everywhere when the weather is warm. While most wasps are not aggressive, they will sting if you get too close to their nesting area. Be sure to watch out for nests in the areas where your kids are playing. If you find a nest in your yard, it's best to call in professionals to deal with the problem. If someone does get stung, wash the area immediately with soap and water, then apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. Follow up with a doctor if you see any signs of an allergic reaction.

Fire Ants

Fire ants are known to inflict painful and repeated bites and stings on their victims. These ants are most often identified by their reddish-brown color and by the mound they make, which can be eighteen to twenty-four inches tall in the right conditions. If you have active fire ant mounds in your yard you can treat them with an ant-specific insecticide or call a professional exterminator. Fire ant stings can be dealt with like any other sting or bite. Allergic reactions to fire ant stings are rare, but if you notice any symptoms that concern you after a bite, you should be checked out by a doctor to be safe.


Ticks can be one of the most dangerous pests you encounter outdoors. They can carry disease and are hard to spot until they're actually on you. One of the best ways to keep ticks at bay is to wear light-colored clothing and always check everyone for ticks once you're done outside. If you do experience a tick biting yourself or your child, be sure to remove it the right way and always watch for reactions after a bite.

Outdoor pests can ruin the fun when you're playing outside with your children. While most pests are relatively harmless, there are some that can cause serious health issues. By being careful and avoiding wasps, fire ants, and ticks, you can help your entire family enjoy the outdoors without concern.

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