How to Prevent Common Summer Bugs in Pittsburgh

Summer is a beautiful time of year in Western Pennsylvania. People flock outdoors to bask in the sun as the temperatures rise. Unfortunately, the rising temperatures also attract an influx of bugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it's possible to keep many types of bugs away by wearing a repellent that includes a minimum of 20% DEET. Here are some other ways you can prevent pests in Pittsburgh this season. 


These thirsty pests are experts at ruining summer fun. As mosquitoes bite your skin, they inject an anticoagulant, ensuring your blood keeps flowing--and they get a full meal. Itchy bites are a nuisance, but they can also be a threat to your health. That's because mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, and Dengue fever through their bites.

Prevention: Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. It also helps to reduce areas of standing water on your property – which serve as a mosquito breeding ground – such as:

  • clogged gutters
  • kiddie pools
  • uncovered containers
  • children's toys


One type of pest to be wary of during summer months in Pittsburgh is arachnids – and not just spiders. Did you know that ticks are also arachnids?

Blacklegged deer ticks are dangerous because they can carry Lyme disease – and they are hard to see. The adult deer tick is the size of a sesame seed while the nymph is no bigger than a poppy seed.

Prevention: Avoid heavily wooded areas where ticks hide. If you do hang out in tick-infested areas, cover your body with light-colored clothing from head to toe so you can spot ticks quickly. Check your body after exposure because the sooner you remove the tick, the better off you will be. Use tweezers to grab the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull up with steady pressure.


Chiggers are tiny bugs -- smaller than the point of a pencil. They live in grassy and wooded areas. These pests excrete digestive enzymes onto your skin that work as feeding tubes as they ingest partially digested skin cells. Although they don't transmit diseases, they leaving swelling, hives, and pain in their wake.

Prevention: The best way to protect yourself against chiggers is by wearing long sleeves and pants. Stay away from their habitats, especially during the warmest hours of the day when they are most active.

Biting Flies

There are several biting flies that become a nuisance when the weather gets hot, including:

  • Black flies
  • Sand flies
  • Deer flies
  • Horse flies

Fortunately, biting flies don't transmit diseases in the U.S. However; the deer fly can transmit a bacterial infection called tularemia--and all biting flies can leave painful welts on your skin.

Prevention: Avoid outdoor activity during peak biting time. Most biting flies rest on low vegetation as they wait for a host. You can decrease the amount of biting flies in your yard by pruning shrubs and mowing weedy areas often.

Removing Outdoor Pests Since 1987

Custom Turf has been keeping households pest-free since 1987, and we know that dealing with bugs in the summer is frustrating. We designed our perimeter pest control in Pittsburgh to get rid of infestations and prevent them from recurring--so you can enjoy the warm weather months without bugs. Our expert pest control technicians target a 6 x 8-foot wide path around the exterior of your home to keep bugs out for good.

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