Summer pests in your home can vary from ants invading your kitchen to termites eating your home. Many consumers have questions about these summer pests and NW Pest Control is here to answer them.


yellow jacket closeup in summer

Yellow Jacket

Can these summer pests be dangerous?

Ants, bees, roaches, and termites can be a nuisance, but many customers do not know the potentially harmful effects they can cause. Termites can cause more home damage than fires and floods combined every year. In addition, they have an astonishing damaging value of 5 Billion dollars a year. Stinging insects send roughly 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. Cockroaches also have been linked to asthma attack triggers according to recent studies.

How can a homeowner get rid of these summer pests?

Homeowners can get rid of summer pests by calling a professional. Handling these situations in an appropriate and effective manner is important to preventing and solving your summer pest issues.

How can a homeowner reduce pest issues in their home this summer? 
  • Keep all kitchen areas clean (including floors). Kitchen appliances should be kept free of spills and crumbs.
  • Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and disposed of regularly.
  • Seal cracks, crevices, and other gaps around doors and windows. Doors and windows should always be kept closed or well screened.
  • Check pipes and pipe areas around the house for leaks,
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces dry. If you have mold and mildew in your home or office crawlspace, it’s a symptom of an excess moisture problem.
  • Inspect boxes, grocery bags, and packaging thoroughly. Insects have also been known to come in on potted plants and in luggage.
Information on various summer pests:
Termite close up


  • Ants– There are as many ways to control ants as there are species of ants! Different species eat different things – making it almost impossible to inspect a single area and control the ant population.  The best strategy homeowners can employ when attempting to control ants is to clean.
  • Cockroaches– Cockroaches enjoy damp, dark places with a plentiful food supply, They like to hide during the day, often behind kitchen appliances or in cupboards. Inspect these areas vigilantly and clean regularly.
  • Termites– Termites build mud tunnels on the foundation of a home for covert access to wood. They can also be found by looking for broken-off wings
  • Mosquitos– Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water that collects in ditches, birdbaths,  flowerpots, and old tires.  Check those areas and remove the standing water to help eliminate the threat. 


NW Pest Control is here to help with all your summer pest questions. Feel free to call or contact us today!