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The Cascade Mountains divide the state of Washington and create significantly different climates between the eastern and western regions of the state. The eastern portion of the state is relatively dry, while the western side experiences a great deal of participation. The climate and terrain of this state play a major role in the pest problems common here. In order to prepare you for the type of pests you may encounter, we've provided detailed information on some of the pests commonly found in Washington.
The boxelder bug is a well known pest in Washington. Per their namesake, these bugs primarily feed on the seeds of the boxelder tree. However, they can also be found on many other types of plants and trees common in the state. Though these bugs start out as an outdoor problem, in the fall and winter, they often move inside to escape the cold temperatures. It's no secret that any bugs inside your home are considered a nuisance, but the boxelder bug is harmless. Many argue that the most effective way to prevent problems from these pests is to remove their source of food from around your home; boxelder trees or other plants they feed off of. However, this isn't necessarily the most desirable course of action, which is way Terminix offers treatment plans to help you avoid any problems resulting from these pests.
There are many species of spiders in Washington but there are only a few that are of concern to residents of the state. The hobo spider, also known as the aggressive house spider, is common throughout the northwestern United States. These spiders create a funnel-shaped web where they wait to attack their prey. The venom of these spiders is very strong, and if bitten, you will need to seek immediate medical attention. Another common spider in Washington is the black widow. Black widow spiders are, according to their name, black with a unique, red hourglass shape on their abdomen. In Washington, it is the western black widow that is frequently encountered. The black widow prefers the outdoors, but can often end up in garages, sheds or basements.
The stink bug is a recent pest problem in Washington, arriving in the United States from parts of Asia a little over a decade ago. While it started out as a rare sighting in the late '90s, it has become much more prevalent in many states around the country. The stink bug can be very destructive to crops, but inside the home it is mostly just a nuisance. These bugs enter the home during the fall and winter to avoid the cold temperatures. The most irritating aspect of the stink bug is just what you would imagine; its smell. These critters have a unique defense mechanism that allows them to release an odor when threatened or aggravated. While it may be unpleasant, it is harmless to humans.
These are just a few of the pests common in Washington. Other common invaders include cockroaches, ants, bed bugs and more. No matter what type of pests you are facing in your Washington home, Terminix pest experts will work with you to devise a safe and effective treatment plan to keep your home pest free.
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