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Independent Pest Solutions Blog

Keep up-to-date on bug invasions by season, get advice, find tips, and helpful hints to keep your home critter -free throughout all seasons.
April Pest of the Month: Stinging Insects (Wasps and Hornets)

April Pest of the Month: Stinging Insects (Wasps and Hornets)

With temperatures on the rise, stinging insects are emerging rampantly across Western Washington. Keep an eye out for wasps and hornets (ie: yellow jackets). Where are stinging insect nests usually found? Stinging insects are social and live in a nest or colony. Nests...

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Pest of the Month: Odorous House Ants

Pest of the Month: Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants, often referred to as sugar ants, are extremely common here in the northwest. Where do Odorous House Ants come from and why are they in my house? They normally nest around the root bases of plants. And if you are like many others, you probably have...

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Stinging Insect Pollinators – Honey Bees vs Wasps and Hornets

Stinging Insect Pollinators – Honey Bees vs Wasps and Hornets

Most people will instinctually duck when they get “buzzed” by a flying bug. That’s natural but it’s the moment later when you see what buzzed you, such as a stinging insect, that determines whether an action is necessary or not.   Honey Bees are the kinder and gentler...

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Pavement Ants Swarm in June and July

Pavement Ants Swarm in June and July

After the carpenter ants swarm season in late May to early June, we move right into the next reproductive swarmers on the list, the pavement ant.  Arthropods being cold-blooded they take full advantage of any available heat and use it to their own ends. Pavement ants...

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