Common Summer Pests in the Pacific NW
Ah, summer. A great time for hiking, swimming, BBQs, and other outdoor fun. While we love spending time outside during these warmer months, unfortunately, so do pests. In this blog post, we’ll be talking about the common pests you may encounter this summer and what you can do to help stop them from becoming a problem.
Ants are the number one nuisance pest in America. Here in our region, we commonly deal with odorous house ants and carpenter ants. While odorous house ants are just annoying to have, carpenter ants can cause structural damage because they excavate wood.
Ants are attracted to food and water. Plus, they can fit through the smallest of cracks so to help prevent ants from invading your home:
- Maintain good housekeeping
- Seal food in airtight containers
- Repair leaks
- Seal holes and gaps
- Keep vegetation trimmed back
To learn more about ants and how to control them, take a look at our Ant Exterminator page.
Although bed bugs are a year-round pest, they’re more of an issue during the warmer summer months as people tend to travel more frequently. These tiny pests aren’t harmful to your health but they can cause a lot of emotional stress.
Bed bugs are fantastic little hitchhikers. They will easily travel on clothing, in luggage, backpacks, purses, and more. So to prevent bed bugs, you should stay vigilant.
- Inspect your hotel room, paying attention to the bed, nightstands, chairs, and other upholstery
- Consider wrapping your luggage with plastic or a garbage bag when traveling
- Consider using a hard-shell suitcase rather than a fabric one
- Wash your belongings in hot water when returning home from your travels
- Be wary of second-hand furniture and clothing
Bed bugs are resilient and can survive in the most extreme conditions. If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, contact our bed bug exterminators.
Earwigs look terrifying but they’re actually pretty harmless. Despite what most people believe, earwigs don’t actually crawl into people’s ears. They will however feast on your plants. These small insects are most active at night and hide during the day in warm, damp places. Although earwigs won’t reproduce indoors, you don’t want pests in your home. To help deter earwigs:
- Seal gaps and cracks around your home using caulk when necessary. Pay close attention to your spigots, doors, windows, and vents
- Clean up debris and vegetation as earwigs are attracted to moist and thick mulch
- Repair leaks
You can learn more about earwigs including how to prevent and eliminate them in our Earwig Pest ID page.
Spiders are a beneficial pest as they feed on other insects, but some spider species can be dangerous including the black widow spider and the brown recluse. While the black widow is native to the Pacific Northwest, the most common spiders found here include the giant house spider and the hobo spider.
Most spiders generally like to keep to themselves and don’t bite unless provoked but you shouldn’t have to share a home with them. To help prevent spiders from getting inside of your home:
- Make sure all gaps and cracks are sealed
- Eliminate clutter inside and outside of your home
- Keep vegetation trimmed
- Store firewood away from your home
- Hire a professional spider exterminator
Stinging insects including bees and wasps are one of the most common summer pests in the Pacific Northwest and some can produce some pretty painful stings. While bees generally like to avoid people and focus on pollinating, wasps are aggressive and territorial. They can also sting their enemies multiple times. The most common wasps in the Pacific Northwest are:
To help prevent these stinging insects from swarming around your property:
- Ensure door screens and window screens aren’t ripped
- Keep your trash covered using an airtight lid as wasps are attracted to sweets and meats
- Maintain your yard to help prevent a ground nest
- Maintain wood structures like decks and fences as wasps use wood fibers to build nests
If you’re dealing with wasps on your property, contact us. Our wasp exterminators will treat and eliminate the problem quickly.
Summer is here and while you haven’t been giving much thought to pests, they are starting to pop-up in all of the wrong places. Don’t let pests ruin your summer fun! If you’re having a pest problem, contact your local pest control company, like Antworks. We specialize in eco-friendly pest control for homeowners and businesses in the Pacific Northwest!