Creepy Pests in Washington State

Author: Kurt Treftz, Cascade Pest Control

Pests in the Pacific Northwest can get pretty strange looking. It’s intimidating when you find something unfamiliar looking in your space, especially when you’re not sure how to get rid of it. The Greater Puget Sound is known for some creepy looking pests that you’ll want to look out for.  Here are some notable pests we encounter to be on the lookout for.

Pest Control in Washington State

It’s one thing to have a household ant or even a rat that you might be mildly familiar with the pest control treatment methods of. It’s another to have an unfamiliar bug or critter show up, especially if it brings friends! Here are some bugs to watch out for in our area:

bed bug
Bed Bug

Bed Bugs–you might not see these up close and personal, but they aren’t pretty to look at under a microscope. Not to mention that these parasites can spread throughout your home quickly, so it’s important to have regular pest control treatments to keep them at bay.

american cockroach
American Cockroach

North American Cockroaches–while cockroaches don’t get as large in Washington state as they do other places in the US, they are formidable opponents, nonetheless. Cockroaches feed on anything they get their antennae on and can spoil many pantry items if not properly sealed. They’re quite resilient as well, so be sure you’re removing the source of what’s drawing them, not just killing off the roaches as you see them.

water bug
Water Bug

Water Bugs–with all the bodies of water in the Puget Sound area, you may encounter a water bug or two. They’re attracted to damp, moist areas, and decaying food, so be sure to keep compost bins and yard waste piles further from easy entry points to your space to avoid them entering your home or business.

carpenter ant
Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ants–next to termites, carpenter ants are among those that can do the most damage to the structural integrity of your space. They can get in your walls or your foundation and wreak havoc if you don’t know to keep an eye out for them.

brown mantidfly
Brown Mantidfly

Brown Mantidfly–these pests look like wasps, but pack a much more uncomfortable bite and sting. They appear more brown than wasps or yellow-jackets, and have claw-like hooks in their feet with which they can stab their prey or poke an unsuspecting person.


Silverfish–these small bugs can be startling to come across. They’re silver, as the name implies, but look more like little beetles or earwigs as opposed to flies. They are attracted to warm, dark areas of your space and can go months without food or water. You don’t want these breeding in your home or business, as they can be challenging to eradicate due to their resilience.

Cascade Pest Control

The health and safety of your home is a top priority for us at Cascade Pest Control. We’ve been in the business of protecting homes and businesses in this area for over 40 years. Our certified and skilled pest control technicians are adept at identifying and preventing common Washington pests, and they work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Looking to improve your pest control service? Call 888-989-8979 today to get started with Cascade Pest Control

Request a Quote