Anyone who has lived in Washington knows Spiders are frequent visitors of our homes, offices, and gardens. They are a type of Arachnid, meaning they use 8 legs to move around. Spiders can also spin strands of silk in order to create webs, allowing them to take cover in out of reach areas. These silk threads enable Spiders to fly along the breeze like tiny, creepy Mary Poppins.
If you have lived in the Pacific Northwest long enough to experience the rainy season, then you know that we’re getting close to another six or seven months of regular drizzling. This often results in water-damage to susceptible wood, such as roofs or porches.
Odorous House Ants, known by their common nickname “Sugar Ants,” are a frequent and annoying pest here in the Pacific Northwest. While generally harmless, they are a challenge to eradicate. They move quickly, have large colonies, and feed on a wide variety of foods. These are some of the most common invaders here in Western Washington, so it is important that we get to know them!
Cockroaches have gained quite the reputation (did you know they are one of the most commonly feared insects on Earth?). They’re known for their resilience against the elements, and as a pest that is difficult to get rid of. This, in part, is true. But much of their stubbornness depends on whether their environment will support them. By using tried and true treatment methods, it is possible to tackle even the worst infestations.
Outside of Pest Control, you may not hear about these critters very often. You have probably had moths or beetles roaming around your home without knowing it. Food, such as grains, or clothes made of animal fibers, such as wool or fur, attract Stored Product Pests. Even though they can be a nuisance, in the wild these insects serve an important purpose by breaking down biological materials and fibers. There are several different species that fall into this category.
If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest long enough, you’ve likely encountered several types of Bees and Wasps. Here in Western Washington, we have all kinds of diverse ecosystems. This means that we have a wide variety of insects that make their homes here with us.