Seattle, Washington today and temperatures are soaring in the mid 80's without a cloud in the sky. You were probably so busy having fun in the sun that you haven't even paid attention to the pests that are also enjoying the weather and are all over your home. So, you just take it easy and let me give a few things to look out for this week and if you see them, be sure to give me a call.
Carpenter Ants: If you see any large black ants, you are probably seeing a carpenter ant. They are a wood destroying insect and should be taken seriously. It is very common to see trails of them around your home when the weather is warm. Since they do not actually eat the wood in your house (they just through it to make nests), you will see them gathering food like plants and other insects around your yard to take back to the nest. If you see just one ant, know that others are not far behind. Try following it back to its nest and you will see his friends. If that trail leads back into your house, you are going to need to call me.
Wasps, Bees and Yellow Jackets: These guys are everywhere at this time of year. In fact, probably half of the calls I get are for one of them. We are always happy to treat for wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, etc, but be on the lookout for honey bees. Nobody really knows why, but they are dying off at an alarming rate. We do not want to contribute to this decline and will not treat honey bees unless they pose a serious risk to humans. Since about 3% of the population is fatally allergic to bee stings, we would have to exterminate the nest if it was in a high traffic area. But, even in that scenario, we would probably first refer you to a local bee keeper to see if they could safely remove the nest. If you have anything that is not a honey bee and need it taken care of quickly, safely and effectively, you can definitely give us a call.
There are a few other pest issues that we have been hearing about this week, but those are definitely the most common right now. I could go on, but like I said, it is Friday afternoon and the sun is shining, so I think I will call it day. Enjoy the nice weather and be sure to call us for Seattle Washington Pest Control.