Horseflies at the Beach

Horseflies-at-the-Beach-AccurateAs the sun comes out and the weather warms, people and insects alike begin spending more time outdoors. We often dread the summer months solely because of the pests they bring with them: bees, mosquitoes, and one of nature’s greatest nuisances, horseflies.

What is a horsefly?

A horsefly is a little creature that packs a big bite. Known to be far more aggressive than the average fruit fly or house fly, horseflies will pursue their prey, whether it’s a human or animal, and keep pursuing it until the flies are either filled or killed.

Horseflies thrive in hot weather and are particularly drawn to bodies of water. Consequently, Southern California beach cities are a prime breeding ground for these pests.

Horsefly bites are particularly painful as they do not suck your blood as a mosquito does, but rather bite your flesh and then consume the blood that comes out. Since they are so persistent, they can make for an unpleasant day at the beach!

How can you defend yourself from horseflies?

If you are at home, the most important thing to do is ensure that there is no standing water anywhere near your house. Horseflies tend to buzz around the water, so eliminating unnecessary puddles is key.

If you are at the beach, whether in Southern California or somewhere else, it can be a little more difficult to bypass the problem. However, there are several ways you can lower your meal appeal to the pests. Consider the following suggestions:

1. Stay near the water.

This sounds counter-productive since water is what draws the flies; however, they tend to hang out in any woods or grass that are near the water. Staying close to the body of water can help keep them off of you.

2. Cover yourself, if possible.

While it isn’t ideal to cover yourself at the beach if you are trying to tan or enjoy the sunshine, laying a towel over your legs can help ward off unwanted predators.

3. Go later (or earlier) in the season.

Horseflies are most active in the months of June and July. Scheduling your beach trip for before or after their “prime time for bites” is a great idea, if possible.

4. Invest in a good bug spray.

Insect repellant is always a good idea if you are going to be spending any length of time outdoors. Look for one that contains DEET or lemon and eucalyptus oil.

If the problem persists near your home, it is always a good idea to call a professional in the pest control industry to eliminate the problem entirely. Call Accurate Termite & Pest Control today and let our trained professionals help you rid your home of unwanted guests.

As the sun comes out and the weather warms, people and insects alike begin spending more time outdoors. We often dread the summer months solely because of the pests they bring with them: bees, mosquitoes, and one of nature’s greatest nuisances, horseflies.

What is a horsefly?

A horsefly is a little creature that packs a big bite. Known to be far more aggressive than the average fruit fly or house fly, horseflies will pursue their prey, whether it’s a human or animal, and keep pursuing it until the flies are either filled or killed.

Horseflies thrive in hot weather and are particularly drawn to bodies of water. Consequently, Southern California beach cities are a prime breeding ground for these pests.

Horsefly bites are particularly painful as they do not suck your blood as a mosquito does, but rather bite your flesh and then consume the blood that comes out. Since they are so persistent, they can make for an unpleasant day at the beach!

How can you defend yourself from horseflies?

If you are at home, the most important thing to do is ensure that there is no standing water anywhere near your house. Horseflies tend to buzz around the water, so eliminating unnecessary puddles is key.

If you are at the beach, whether in Southern California or somewhere else, it can be a little more difficult to bypass the problem. However, there are several ways you can lower your meal appeal to the pests. Consider the following suggestions:

1. Stay near the water.

This sounds counter-productive since water is what draws the flies; however, they tend to hang out in any woods or grass that are near the water. Staying close to the body of water can help keep them off of you.

2. Cover yourself, if possible.

While it isn’t ideal to cover yourself at the beach if you are trying to tan or enjoy the sunshine, laying a towel over your legs can help ward off unwanted predators.

3. Go later (or earlier) in the season.

Horseflies are most active in the months of June and July. Scheduling your beach trip for before or after their “prime time for bites” is a great idea, if possible.

4. Invest in a good bug spray.

Insect repellant is always a good idea if you are going to be spending any length of time outdoors. Look for one that contains DEET or lemon and eucalyptus oil.

If the problem persists near your home, it is always a good idea to call a professional in the pest control industry to eliminate the problem entirely. Call Accurate Termite & Pest Control today and let our trained professionals help you rid your home of unwanted guests.

We continue to be Southern California’s preferred termite and pest control service, provider.

 

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