The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful, natural wonderland, as well as a great place to live. The problem is; where there is natural beauty, there are pests. All sorts of bugs and mammals call trees, grass, flowers, and other sources of natural beauty, home. When those pests make their way into a human home, all kinds of problems can arise. For the most part, if pests are in your yard, they can get into your home. Often, pest infestations can be avoided by keeping gardens and wood piles away from the home. Sometimes, however, no matter how many precautions you take, or how neat and tidy you keep your home, these pests will find a way in. Here are some of the most common NW pests.
Moles: These critters do considerable damage every year in the Pacific Northwest. Many people do not even realize they have moles in their yard until damage is already done. Look out for little mounds of dirt popping up from your lawn. These little creatures do a lot of digging, and a lot of damage.
Carpenter Ants: These ants can do major damage to the structure of a home. They are wood-boring insects that can do more damage than termites. Look for small piles of sawdust created when they are creating their colonies. These are often found in the basement.
Rodents: Rats, mice, and squirrels cause thousands of dollars of damage every year in the Northwest. They reproduce quickly, and can live in any type of dwelling. Since they can squeeze into tight spaces, it is often very easy to make their way into a home.
Termites: Termites bore wood, like the carpenter ants. The difference is; termites actually eat the wood, so they do not leave little sawdust piles around. They do, however, leave little mud tunnels which often give away their existence in a home. The damage done by termites can be very costly.
Wasps and Bees: Seeing the occasional wasp or bee is not a cause for concern. Since they colonize, however, they can become not only a nuisance, but a health problem in a very short time. They can, and often do become major problems in yards and homes throughout the Northwest. It can be very dangerous to try to exterminate these stinging beasts on your own.
Along with the above named critters, box elder bugs, spiders, and cockroaches are common NW pests. Many homes have simultaneous infestations, meaning there is often more than one type of pest in the home at the same time. The safest and quickest way to rid your home or yard of pests is to have us treat your home in the most eco-friendly, yet efficient way possible. You don’t have to share your home with these pests, and you shouldn’t. Pests are often the cause of human health issues. You owe it to yourself and your family to keep your home free of common NW pests.