Located along the southeastern shore of Lake Washington lies the City of Renton. Unlike its more fast-paced urban neighbors Seattle and Bellevue, Renton offers a much more suburban, family-friendly alternative to the hustle and bustle found in most big cities. From the countless annual community events held at the 57-acre Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park to its collection of trails, dog parks, community centers, theaters, farmers markets, and vibrant downtown, there really is no shortage of fun things to do in Renton.
Beyond its suburban charm, Renton is also a city of industry, featuring a wide array of manufacturing, aerospace, retail, technology, and healthcare companies. In fact, two of Renton’s chief employers are manufacturing giants Boeing and PACCAR. The city is also a thriving destination retail center, being home to Washington’s only IKEA and FRY’s Electronics. The Seattle Seahawks have also found a home in Renton, moving to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center as their official practice location in 2008.
Like many cities in Western Washington, Renton’s abundance of water and naturally forested areas make it a perfect location for a wide variety of pests, particularly rodents. The combination of close proximity to Lake Washington and its various parks/trails provide numerous conducive conditions allowing different rat and mice species to thrive. This problem can become exacerbated during the summer when farmers markets and food trucks are in full swing.
Renton also tends to see a rise in stinging insect activity during Spring and Summer. While most bees are not typically aggressive, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can be extremely aggressive if threatened. These stinging insects like to nest in the ground, under the eaves of rooves, on sheds, in trees, and in bushes/shrubs. While beneficial to controlling the population of other smaller pests, stinging insects can become a major pest and pose potential danger when their nests are located near homes, buildings, and public parks.