5 Pests to Look Out for During the Summer

July 21, 2022

The hottest months are here and it’s the perfect time to hit the beach or go camping in Washington’s most popular campgrounds. But while the summer months are the best time to go outdoors, it’s also a great time for common pests to thrive in your home and surroundings. The warm summer weather and longer days heighten pests’ activity. So as you anticipate your pest control needs this summer, here are five pests to look out for during the hottest time of the year. 


Ants come out in the springtime and stay around the whole summer to forage for food and store them in preparation for the colder fall and winter months. While ants are generally harmless, they can be a challenge to eradicate once they’ve infested your home.

The most common ant species that invade homes in the summer are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and moisture ants. Carpenter ants are notorious wood-destroying organisms or WDO pests that can damage expensive furniture and wood that make up your home. Wood shavings and rustling noises coming from inside walls are some of the early signs of carpenter ant infestation.   Odorous house ants, also known as “sugar ants,” are annoying pests here in the Pacific Northwest. They are known for their scent which smells like rotten coconuts or blue cheese when crushed. Meanwhile, moisture ants are known for their habit of nesting in damp environments. While they won’t infest wood that isn’t already damaged, their tunneling can cause structural damage that you’ll have to address as soon as possible. 


These tiny pests are more than just a nuisance. They are responsible for billions of property damage every year. They feed on the wood structure of your home and can be very difficult to eliminate once they’ve their colony. These pests are one to look out for during the summer. If you see any sign of termite infestation in your home, you should call Sunrise Pest Management for termite control immediately.

Stinging Insects

Stinging insects grow in greater numbers during the summer months after their spring mating season. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are particularly problematic. These insects can be incredibly aggressive and potentially dangerous for people with allergies. They can also get into the walls of your homes and wreak havoc. If you see any of these insects around your home, it’s best to call the experts for assistance.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a huge nuisance and can cause extremely itchy bites. They live in our bed sheets and comforters and getting rid of these stubborn bugs can be a difficult task. It’s important to stay on guard against these sneaky bugs especially when the summer is a time for family travels. Not to mention these bugs are great at hitchhiking.


Fleas are difficult enemies for fur parents. If your pet shows severe scratching or biting and has irritated skin or scabs, it may be a sign that your pet has fleas. Flea problems begin with dogs or cats who bring them in from outside. If fleas are already feasting on your furry friends, it’s best to call us for an indoor flea control treatment.

Pest Control in Bremerton, Seattle, and Grays Harbor

If you’ve seen any of these pests in your home or around your property, don’t hesitate to contact our professional pest control technicians for assistance. Sunrise Pest Management is your source of professional pest control services for any pest problem in Port Townsend, Bremerton, Grays Harbor, Washington, and surrounding areas like Jefferson, Kitsap, Bellevue, Aberdeen, Mason, and more. Call us now and start living a stress-free life in a pest-free home.

Call Sunrise Pest Management for flea control

Sunrise Pest Management can help you get rid of a flea infestation in your home. We will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Call us today at (833) 302 1900 to learn more about our services and how we can help you get rid of fleas for good.