Easter is right around the corner, and you know what that means: along with the reveled Spring-time egg hunt comes the Spring-time insects. While some of these pests can be viewed as charming, endearing visions of spring, some of them are just downright pesky. Below we will examine five of the most common pests your child might encounter on their egg hunt come Easter morning.
Butterflies are synonymous with spring. This is because flowers are blooming, which attracts the butterflies. Nothing quite gets you in the mood for an Easter egg hunt like the sight of butterflies, fluttering their wings on an early morning breeze. Your little ones may want to chase and attempt to catch the butterflies; it is wise to teach them that while butterflies are lovely creatures to watch, coming in contact with them can cause the butterfly harm. The sight of butterflies fluttering their colored wings around the flowers while your children hunt for colored eggs is a perfectly painted vision of Spring-time, indeed!
Ants are attracted to food, especially treats. Your kids will be really upset if they wake up to ants in their Easter baskets! To avoid attracting ants, make sure all candy and other treats are wrapped it’s harder for ants to get into your children’s Easter sweets without an opening. Also double check to make sure your little ones eat the entire Easter egg they may happen to peel, and don’t try to leave part of it in their basket for later.
There is nothing more unappetizing than picking up an egg and finding a slug on it. Slugs and snails come out after it’s been raining due to water seeping into their dwellings, and since Spring-time is fairly rainy, there seems to be an overabundance of these little critters during the spring. Slugs and snails tend to dwell in garden areas (they eat plants), so when hiding Easter eggs for your children’s egg hunt, be careful not to hide them in a spot where slugs or snails might be lurking. A quick check before placing the egg in its hiding spot should do the trick, and you won’t have to deal with any screaming, crying kids when they pick up an egg and find a slug attached to it.
Ladybugs are harmless insects that actually do good for your garden; they eat the nasty aphids that feast on your plants! Ladybugs are especially active in spring, due to the warmer weather, the green foliage, and the abundance of aphids feasting in your garden. Be sure to tell your kids not to harm any ladybugs they may encounter on their egg hunt ladybugs are our friends, after all!
Of course, the most common pest your child will encounter during their Easter morning egg hunt is often their own siblings (or cousins in some instances). Egg hunts can get pretty competitive, and putting children in a situation where the goal is to collect as many eggs as possible can be, well, interesting! To avoid any unnecessary conflicts in the mad dash for Easter eggs, make sure there are plenty to go around and possibly let the younger children go first!
Easter is a fun celebration of springtime and rebirth, and it’s likely your children will encounter at least one or two pests during your family’s festivities, especially if you’re outside. By educating them about good, “friendly” insects and taking precautions to avoid encountering any nasty pests, you can create a fun, enjoyable experience that your children will always remember.