We know our pests!
Find out more information here about pests that are common to the Northwest and how we control them
There are an abundance of flying insects that live outdoors in the Northwest, and even though most of them stay outside, there are a few that find their way into our homes occasionally.
One of the most common is the House Fly. Even though adult flies live for only 2 or 3 weeks, a female can lay up to 9,000 eggs in her lifetime! Flies usually feed on decomposing waste, and carry over 100 pathogens! At times they may just enter a home from outside, but if there is a heavy population seen inside it is likely that they have found a place to breed indoors.
Fruit Flies are only 3mm to 4mm in length, and usually have red eyes. They become more of a problem during the summer months when their populations build up. Their larvae develop in areas with organic material and standing water. They can usually be seen hovering over trash cans and where there is decaying fruit or vegetables.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is becoming ever more common, being introduced into the United States only 20 years ago and increasing in population. These bugs survive the cold winter here by finding warm places to hibernate, which makes our homes a prime target. They are often seen around windows, similar to box elders. As a structural pest, they are harmless, but as a defense mechanism can emit a fowl odor when handled.
Box Elder Bugs are harmless insects, but can be an extreme nuisance when they decide to sun themselves on buildings. At times they can congregate in the thousands on siding or in windows, usually on the warmest side of the house that receives more sunlight. The problem is usually the worst in the fall as it gets colder and these insects are looking for warm places to overwinter. In extremely bad cases thousands of box elder bugs may crawl into cracks in the siding and die which can attract flies and other pests!
They key to controlling flying insects is finding and eliminating their breeding areas. This means disposing of any garbage, cleaning spills, and sanitizing any location that may have decaying organic material. Flies only live a few weeks, so killing the adults will not accomplish very much. Eradicon Pest Management can perform a professional evaluation and determine which chemicals and control methods will be best suited for your particular situation.
Because box elder and stink bugs do not breed indoors, their control is a little more difficult. Complete eradication may not be possible, as there may always be some flying off of their host tree and landing on the building. We use several different types of repellents in liquid or powder form on the siding and around windows to deter these insects from landing on the building and becoming a nuisance.