Insects You Might Find At The Beach
Fun in the sun, cool blue water, the satisfying feeling of warm sand between your toes — and do not forget about the bugs! Yes, that is right! Even the nicest beaches are a home for insects.
If your ideal beach getaway does not involve pesky bugs, do not worry. You can still enjoy your trip to the ocean without getting bit. Listed below are the most associated bugs found at the beach. You will also find tips on how to help avoid them.
1. Sand Fleas
Contrary to popular belief sand fleas are not actually fleas, technically not even insects. Sand fleas are tiny crustaceans that may have gotten their names from their method of locomotion. Like fleas they appear to jump. You might find them when you are digging in the sand trying to make the perfect sandcastle or if you are picking up rocks for skipping. Not to worry, sand fleas do not bite!
You may think you have never heard of isopods. They are also commonly called roly polies or pill bugs and they are quite common near beaches. These high tide line area dwellers can be found burrowing in the sand. They typically thrive in moist environments so a beach would be ideal. Like sand fleas, isopods are harmless to humans.
Sidenote, you may find isopods at your home if you have a crawl space and/or around your foundation.
3. Beach Spiders
Spiders can be found pretty much anywhere there are other insects to feed on, and surprise the beach is no exception! You can find dock spiders and beach wolf spiders on the sand and surrounding beach areas. If you happen to spot a spider on the beach, try to keep your distance because beach spiders are venomous and while not fatal, their bites really hurt!
4. Kelp Flies
Anywhere seaweed, driftwood and surf grass are present, kelp flies can also be. Organic material as such can be a food source for both nutrients and reproduction. Kelp flies are typically found in groups, are active all year long, but since they feed on kelp it is unlikely that they are dangerous to humans.
Mosquitoes lay eggs in water and guess what has a lot of water, you guessed it the beach. This being considered, it is highly probable that you will find them at the beach in areas where standing water is present.
To reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites be sure to bring your insect repellent. Also, by avoiding the water or areas close to the water during dusk and dawn which are peak mosquito times. If you feel that you must be out to watch the sunset, just be sure to wear long pants and sleeves, if possible. More protection correlates with less bites. Call now to stop the mosquito bites.
6. Rove Beetles
The most common beetle found at the beach is the Rove beetle. Like isopods, and mosquitos, rove beetles enjoy environments with a lot of moisture. Rove beetles feed on organisms that are found near water. Rove beetles are also harmless to humans.
7. Bed Bugs!!!
Bed bugs may not be at the beach, but they can be where you stay the night. Bed bugs can show up even at the most luxurious resorts as well as the worst dumps. All things considered, avoiding bringing bed bugs to your home with you can be a sinch. As soon as you step foot into your hotel room, inspect common areas for bed bugs such as nightstands, window frames and carpets.
Also, use a luggage rack or desk to store your suitcase instead of sitting them on floors or beds. Wash and dry all your clothes promptly when returning home being careful to follow the label instructions. If you do happen to bring an infestation home, it is best to contact a professional. Bed bugs are notorious for being difficult to eliminate and often require special equipment and treatments not accessible to the average homeowner. Call now to get rid of bed bugs today!