Good morning! I hope you had a nice weekend!
I've been fortunate to be part of Paratex Pest Control for a little over 4 months now. In that time, I have learned a lot about pests and how they are specific in different regions. In Seattle, pest control is composed primarily of three different varieties.
One, Seattle has a large rat population (third largest in North America). This is due to there being so much water here. The key is to eliminate their sources. For example, we recently told a building owner to cut the ivy off the side of his building. Although ivy can look pretty and aesthetically pleasing, it also is a conduit for rodents. In addition to baiting outside, it is also important to cut off all entry points to the inside. This can be done with wire mesh or another exclusion material.
The second scourge in the Seattle area is cockroaches. We primarily see these in food service facilities. The key is to monitor, spray and bait often enough in order to be effective. For example, we often see cockroach infestations where we need to treat at least once/month. The key is to maintain treatment consistently for a period of time and preventative maintenance is recommended.
Bedbugs are the third pest we encounter here in Seattle. It isn't always pleasant. Again, the key is to catch the problem early if possible. We recently encountered bedbugs in a Seattle apartment complex that had just signed up for our service. We believe we caught the problem early and were successful. Time will tell. Bedbugs are usually found where people have traveled and then returned. The ultimate solution may be an entire clearing of the living space followed by fumigation of the space's contents as well.
So there you have it. These are the three most known pests in the Seattle area. Other geographic areas have other issues. Again, the key is to be proactive. And if I or someone else else can help with a pest control issue here in Washington State be sure to:
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