Incorporated as a city in 1882, Olympia has been the capital of Washington State since 1853 and currently serves as the county seat for Thurston County. It sits at the southern tip of Puget Sound on Budd Inlet, serving as a major port city for the area. Olympia’s port city status, five miles of Puget Sound waterfront, aged infrastructure, numerous parks and nature conservatories, and homelessness epidemic create an environment heavy with conducive conditions for pest problems.
Our state’s capital is packed with public parks and nature conservation areas like Woodard Bay for us to enjoy. Many pests call these natural areas home, including carpenter ants, termites, and spiders. We certainly don’t want these insects gone altogether, but we do want to do our part in protecting the health and safety of our neighbors.
The aged infrastructure in Olympia may be one of the biggest contributors to the many pest problems that we see. The older historical buildings, structures, and homes from the late 1800s can be really neat to look at, but often come with hidden pest issues like termites, ants, and rodents.
Olympia’s close proximity to the water—especially the port—creates challenges for the pest professional. Our technicians regularly battle rodent infestations in and around the communities near the water. Rats and mice are everywhere here in the Pacific Northwest, but nowhere more than in port cities like Olympia. Poor sanitation will always be coupled with pests. Rodent populations can explode and bed bugs spread like wildfire in some of the conducive conditions throughout our city.