Venables Pest Management
is locally owned and operated in Tumwater, WA. We are a family run business with traditional values of honesty, integrity, and service to our customers.
Our Approach to Pest Control...
We pride ourselves on using responsible, yet effective pest management methods and put a strong emphasis on education, both for ourselves and our customers. We believe that the more that we understand about the pest issue at hand, the better we can work together to find and maintain an effective, long term solution.
Are Rats Sharing Your Home?
Until recently the only rats in Olympia were only one kind of rat known as the Norway rat. They stayed within about five miles of the Olympia waterfront due to their traveling and feeding habits.
Several years ago we were introduced to another highly prolific species of rat, called the Roof Rat. They have a unique ability to travel above ground to migrate into most neighborhoods around Thurston County. Power lines and tree limbs give them plenty of access onto homes but they can also burrow deep underground to conceal themselves well and infest into sub areas.
Are your vent screens properly sealed? For most of these roof rats in Olympia, just a quarter-size hole is all they need to squeeze through a screen, crawl space door, garage door or even roof.
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This is a perfect time of year for a thorough inspection and preventative service to protect your home from the insect activity that the summer will bring.
Carpenter Ants Are Marching Into Homes
Carpenter ants are often seen inside of homes throughout the spring and summer. These may either be worker ants foraging for food or winged reproductive ants leaving the nest in search of a mate. Seeing either type of these ants in homes in Olympia, Tumwater or ants in Lacey in the early spring indicates that they (and their colony) have spent the winter inside the structure and a service to target the hidden nest is needed.
On the other hand, carpenter ant colonies that have spent the winter outside will wake up later in the spring when the weather warms. They will behave similarly to the ants that have spent the winter indoors, but when these ants find their way inside, it may simply be a random occurrence and exterior preventative measures will most likely be sufficient for controlling carpenter ant activity in and around your home.
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It is important to note what the ants look like, how many you see, and the location that you see them in. Seeing one or two ants in the late spring (even the large, winged reproductives) may not be cause for concern, but it is important to watch for patterns developing, such as trailing to or from a specific location. Irregardless of the time of year, we always appreciate your call or e-mail to notify your technician of any carpenter ant activity so that we may work together to keep your home protected against carpenter ants.
Subterranean Termites in Thurston County
It's highly likely that you will not even know that you have Western Subterranean Termites in Olympia, Tumwater, or even if you have termites in Lacey because they keep themselves very well hidden.
Since they are defenseless to their many predators, they have been able to adapt well by being great with their ability to conceal themselves well. These termites will build what are called mud tubes so that they are not exposed when they travel outside of their colony in the soil. Inspectors who look for termites will keep their eyes out for these mud tubes when they do their pest control or wood destroying organism inspections.