Whether you love them or hate them, we have to put up with them sometimes! Insects (depending on your perspective) can be exquisitely beautiful or infinitely icky, and Arkansas has its share of interesting insects. Throughout the years Arkansas has seen a host of insects considered as either pests or protected species, and you’ll be the judge on which categories these creatures fit! The next few weeks of summer are sure to be a scorcher and here are 8 bugs to keep an eye on.

#7 Mosquitoes

Mosquito-borne malaria caused suffering along with social and economic disorder in Arkansas. The creation of Arkansas Territory in 1819 brought numerous visitors to Arkansas Post, where many inhabitants had malaria. The vector mosquito in Arkansas was extremely numerous, likely to be found in houses and other structures, and able to breed for a long period each year. In the early 1940s, a quarter to a third of the people in many Arkansas communities had malaria, and a large portion of the population was self-medicating with quinine or chill tonics.