Rodents are easily the most prevalent pest in the Pacific Northwest. From Norway Rats to Deer Mice, these pests are as elusive as they are tenacious. Especially common in more rural locations, rats and mice are omnivorous, typically feeding on fruits, nuts, and insects. They are also fond of human food, often being attracted to garbage cans and dumpsters. Rodents can cause major structural damage and are known disease vectors.
Ant infestations are extremely common and some of the most complicated to control. Often attracted to excessive moisture and rotting word, these pests will often make their way into kitchens and bathrooms in search of food. Some such as Carpenter Ants can be extremely destructive, burrowing into and eating away at wooden structural components; many, however, are just a nuisance.
Termites are one of the most destructive of the wood destroying insects found in Washington. The two species we see are the Western Subterranean Termite and the considerably larger Pacific Dampwood Termite. These pests live in large colonies and feed off the cellulose found in wood and wood products, eating everything from books and paper to wooden support beams and drywall.